With just a third of the season left to contest both sides will be looking for a valuable three points for different reasons. Villa who have massively underachieved this campaign, will welcome a win to help put to bed any danger of an unexpected relegation fight whilst Bolton who sit in 7th place in the Premier League have European football well and truely in their sights.
Both Bolton and Villa will have an array of attacking talent on display this afternoon with in-form striker Daniel Sturridge hoping to add to his impressive goal tally and midfielder Ashley Young who netted two goals and an assist in Villa’s 4-1 rout over Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
Vill have a strong domestic record against Bolton as the Trotters have failed to win against them since December 2006. But Coyle’s men will be optimistic of a result today having only lost twice at home so far in this Premier League campaign.
Injured: S Davis, Knight & J O’Brien (all knee), Gardner (thigh), Ricketts (Achilles), Samuel (calf/fitness)
Suspended: Makoun (one match)
Doubtful: Baker (concussion), Collins (calf)
Injured: Cuellar (hamstring), Dunne (shoulder)