Team News: Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

  • March 15, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday for a Lancashire derby which could have huge implications on the Championship status of both clubs.

Wanderers, who have lost just two of their last 15 games against Latics in all competitions, head to the DW Stadium on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday which left them seven points from safety with just nine games left to play.

Wigan, meanwhile, were on the receiving end of a 3-0 thumping at Blackburn Rovers that same evening, a result which meant all that stood between them and a place in the bottom three was goal difference - ahead of Rotherham United.

Both teams are desperately out of form at present but with the gap above them increasing in midweek due to victories for both Millwall and Rotherham, Wanderers can ill-afford any slip ups if they are to realistically launch any bid for survival in the second tier.

Trotters boss Phil Parkinson, who will return to the dugout after serving a two-match touchline ban, has only one player unavailable with Yanic Wildschut continuing his rehabilitation from ankle surgery.

Andrew Taylor is expected to return at left-back after losing his place to Callum Connolly in midweek, while David Wheater is pushing for a recall that may see Jack Hobbs drop down to the substitutes' bench.

Sammy Ameobi has struggled after moving into a central role in recent games, so Clayton Donaldson may be drafted in to partner Josh Magennis in attack as Bolton look to strike first - having failed to win any of their last 53 league games when conceding first, dating back to March 2017.

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Sky Bet Championship Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Millwall 37 37
21 Reading 38 37
22 Rotherham United 38 36
23 Bolton Wanderers 38 29
24 Ipswich Town 38 24
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Who is Bolton's 2017/18 Player of the Year?
53.85% Ben Alnwick
13.11% Sammy Ameobi
10.49% Karl Henry
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3.41% Mark Beevers
2.1% Mark Little
1.84% Josh Vela
1.57% Darren Pratley
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