Team News: Bolton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • April 21, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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There will be a party atmosphere at Macron Stadium on Saturday, as newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers look to secure the Championship title.

Victory over Birmingham City last time out saw Nuno Espirito Santo's side secure their return to the top-flight after a six-year absence, while a draw at Bolton will see them confirmed as champions.

Phil Parkinson's side have their own agenda, however, with just two points separating themselves and the relegation zone with only three games of the season left to play.

A draw at Barnsley last Saturday brought an end to a four-game losing run for the Trotters, although the nature of the Tykes' last-gasp equaliser at Oakwell left a sour taste in the mouth - and one that could ultimately prove costly when the final table is decided in little over two weeks' time.

The introductions of Will Buckley and Craig Noone served as a turning point in that game, meaning both are in contention for starting roles as Parkinson looks to name his strongest possible side.

Reece Burke and Mark Little were sacrificed in a tactical switch that almost worked to perfection, although both could come back into the reckoning as a more defence-minded line-up is expected to be utilised.

Jan Kirchhoff is unlikely to feature in the closing weeks of the campaign as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, although Darren Pratley should be available despite suffering from an ongoing nerve issue in his previously broken leg.

Antonee Robinson and Filipe Morais returned to the team last weekend, with the former ousting Andrew Taylor in the left-back position, while Morais' delivery from set-pieces may serve as Bolton's biggest weapon if they are to carve out an unlikely result against the champions elect.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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