Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City

  • April 03, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Attention turns to the Championship relegation scrap on Tuesday, when Bolton play host to Birmingham City at Macron Stadium.

With seven games played on Easter Monday, the remaining teams in the division will complete the midweek fixture list - with two of the bottom five in the league table clashing as the battle to remain in the second tier intensifies.

Recent history is against Wanderers, however, who have failed to score in any of their last four league games against the Blues - a run dating back to October 2014, when they were 1-0 winners at St Andrew's in Neil Lennon's first game as manager.

With Good Friday's defeat at Leeds United now a thing of the past, current boss Phil Parkinson will assess the fitness of several players ahead of kick-off as he looks to name his strongest possible side.

Karl Henry and captain Darren Pratley missed that game at Elland Road through injuries and will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness, although Derik Osede and Josh Vela are available. Jan Kirchhoff is another option, although he may have to settle for a place amongst the substitutes after a lack of match sharpness was glaringly obvious last time out.

Adam Le Fondre's third goal in his last four games should give him the nod to continue in attack, with Will Buckley and Sammy Ameobi providing support from out wide.

Zach Clough, Tyler Walker, Aaron Wilbraham, Chinedu Obasi and Connor Hall are all desperately pushing for an inclusion, but Le Fondre's current form means Parkinson has difficulty when it comes to naming a backup choice.

Antonee Robinson was an unused substitute at Leeds having returned from international duty with the United States, but he could come in at the expense of Andrew Taylor as part of a defence that provides cover for Ben Alnwick, who this week has revealed he is close to signing a new contract with the Trotters.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, Little, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Flanagan, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Vela, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Charsley, Pratley, Morais, Henry, Kirchhoff, King, Le Fondre, Wilbraham, Walker, Hall, Clough, Obasi

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19 AFC Wimbledon 18 16
20 Tranmere Rovers 17 16
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 13
22 Southend United 19 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 15 1
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