Bolton need a win to guarantee a UEFA spot. Villa, are undefeated in eight with three wins out of the last four.
Vital Quotes: Sammy Lee
‘We are hoping the fans will be there in their numbers to support the team. You can never underestimate the power of the fans and the support they can give us.
‘If they can be in full voice for the full 90 minutes, they can really perk the players up. Hopefully they can cheer us on to a famous result that will see us get back into Europe, where we belong.”
Jolly good. It was a bit dim to make it a category A game with resultant high prices then, don`t you think?
Bolton Team News:
Abdoulaye Faye (scabby toe) and Tal Ben Haim (housemaid`s knee) have been missing lately, but may be back for the game. El Hadji Diouf (ruptured saliva gland) and Nicky Hunt (general crapness) are out.
Player to watch: Nicolas Anelka
Been quite lately. Due a big game. Maybe his last game, if the story tellers in the media are to be believed. Which of course they aren’t.
Aston Villa Team News:
Villa are likely to be unchanged. Stiliyan Petrov (hamstring) and Shaun Maloney (ankle) are still struggling for fitness.
Player to watch: Gabby Agbonlahor
Tortured centre-forward cum left-back Henrik Pedersen in the reverse fixture. Will face sterner opposition in Ricardo Gardner this time.
Match Facts & Stats
According to the BBC website, the score in the reverse fixture was Aston Villa 0 Blackburn Rovers 1. Good old Beeb.
Mark Clattenburg – Clueless, cowardly and half blind. Well regarded by the FA.