Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa

  • April 19, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Good Friday has turned into Judgement Day for Bolton, who will be relegated to League One should they lose to Aston Villa.

Wanderers are 10 points from safety with only four games left to play, but must win all of their remaining fixtures to stand any chance of survival - due to Wigan Athletic hosting Millwall at the DW Stadium on the final day.

In reality, a positive result will only succeed in delaying the inevitable for Phil Parkinson's side, for whom a draw at the University of Bolton Stadium could still seal their fate if results elsewhere go against them.

At the end of a week where Ken Anderson agreed the sale of his shareholding in Bolton to Laurence Bassini - a deal which is still subject to EFL approval - Friday's clash was only given the official go-ahead on Thursday following a meeting of the Safety Advisory Group.

After providing honest answers regarding club ownership and what that may mean for his own future at a pre-match press conference, Parkinson then went on to reveal two new injury concerns.

Those were in regard to Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone, who are considered doubts but will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness ahead of kick-off.

Ameobi has struggled to train throughout the week after twisting an ankle in last weekend's defeat at Derby County, while Noone may not be risked due to a tight hamstring.

Jack Hobbs (back) and Luke Murphy (calf) look set to remain unavailable, while Jason Lowe and Yanic Wildschut are unlikely to figure again this season due to long-term ankle problems.

The likes of Josh Vela, Mark Little and Erhun Oztumer are in contention for rare opportunities, with Parkinson expressing a desire to give all players one last try as they look to end a torrid campaign with a glimmer of hope for the future.

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, Earing, Connell, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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