Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Middlesbrough

  • April 09, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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The last chance saloon is fast approaching for Bolton, who host Middlesbrough on Tuesday knowing defeat could be fatal in their quest to avoid relegation.

A 2-1 loss at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday left Wanderers eight points adrift of safety in the Championship, meaning they could be confirmed as a League One club as soon as this weekend should results elsewhere go against them.

Boro, who have won their past seven league games against the Trotters, travel to the University of Bolton Stadium with the best defensive record in the division, yet remarkably have lost their last six matches in succession as they have slipped out of the play-off places.

In contrast to their visitors, Bolton have scored the fewest goals of all 24 teams in the second tier, though they are unbeaten in seven previous meetings with Boro boss Tony Pulis - who had drawn two and lost five of his visits as an opposing manager.

Pulis' counterpart - Phil Parkinson - may be forced into changes from his side's defeat to Ipswich, with former Boro midfielder Gary O'Neil a doubtful because of a stomach bug.

O'Neil was replaced shortly before half-time against the Tractor Boys, with Luca Connell on in his place for a first appearance in a month.

Jack Hobbs (back) and Luke Murphy (calf) are also rated doubtful, while Yanic Wildschut and Jason Lowe are both missing with ankle ligament injuries.

Ben Alnwick has been named amongst the substitutes in recent games after recovering from a back injury, but he continues to miss out with Remi Matthews the preferred option in goal.

Erhun Oztumer impressed as a substitute last time out and may be given another opportunity to impress, with Callum Connolly potentially shifting to left-back in order to grant a rest to Andrew Taylor.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, B WIlliams, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Connolly, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, J Williams, Dyer, Pritchard, Connell, Donaldson, Magennis

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Pos Team Pld Pts
20 Peterborough United 3 1
21 Bristol Rovers 3 1
22 Southend United 3 0
23 Bolton Wanderers 3 -11
24 Bury 0 -12
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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