Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Millwall

  • March 09, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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After doubts over whether the fixture would be staged, Bolton take to the field on Saturday when they host Millwall at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Financial problems continue to dominate headlines at Wanderers, with the non-payment of February wages and the threat of a stewarding and catering walkout forcing Bolton Council to review the club's safety certificate.

Confirmation that the game will go-ahead was given on Wednesday afternoon, little over 72 hours before kick-off, and the stakes couldn't be much higher as the Trotters look to reduce the seven point gap placed between themselves and Championship safety.

Millwall, who begin the weekend one point and two places clear of the relegation zone, are eight points better off than their opponents - and know extending that gap to 11 points with only 10 games remaining may prove too much to overturn.

Suspensions dominate the team news coming out of Bolton, including manager Phil Parkinson - who was hit with a two-match touchline ban on Thursday following his dismissal in last month's defeat at Leeds United.

Parkinson will therefore be sat in the stands for the visits of Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday, while Wanderers are also without Jason Lowe, Craig Noone and David Wheater.

Lowe is sitting out the final game of the two-match ban given to him for accumulating 10 yellow cards, while both Noone and Wheater miss out after being sent off in defeat at Swansea City last time out.

Josh Magennis was stretchered off at the Liberty Stadium with nerve damage but has trained all week and is expected to be named in the squad, but Joe Williams will be monitored after suffering a recurrence of the thigh injury which kept him out for much of January and February.

Yanic Wildschut (ankle) remains the only long-term absentee, with the on-loan Norwich City winger around a month away from a return to action.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 32 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone