Wolves v Bolton Sat 15:00
Having already almost exhausted their fixtures against teams in danger of relegation, this weekend’s game against Bolton will be one of Wolves’ last opportunities to take points from clubs in their vicinity, as Betvictor offer odds against that Terry Connor’s side can claim a vital three points in their Premiership survival.
Terry Connor’s side will face Wigan on the last day of the season in what could surely prove to an ultimate decider on who we see featuring in the Championship next season, but Saturday’s match against Bolton will be all that’s on the manager’s mind.
This weekend’s ‘War of the Wanderers’ holds just about as much significance as it ever has as it gives the hosts the opportunity to move level on points with others in the drop zone while Bolton can move an invaluable four points clear should they prove victorious.
The pressure would appear to be on Wolves’ shoulders to come away with a win as the West Midlands outfit currently have the very worst form in the Premier League, losing five and drawing just one of their last six league outings.
While their attack is nothing to write home about, it would appear that this record is largely down to the team’s miserable defence as the side have shipped 21 goals in those last six games.
Surprisingly, Wolves’ away defence has been better than when playing in front of their home fans, where they have let in an average of 2.33 goals per game this campaign.
Owen Coyle’s men aren’t much better in comparison but the vital factor is that they have been better.
Winning their last two league fixtures, Bolton have scored an average of 2.07 goals per game when playing away from home but still have the third worst defence in the English top flight.
Coyle has a raft of long-term injuries to worry about but Joe Riley’s possible return from injury will be a subtle boost for the Scot, although he may have to call upon 18yr old Josh Vela to come into midfield as Darren Pratley misses out with a gashed leg.
South Korean Chung Yong Lee is finally close to full fitness after a leg break, while Stuart Holden has been to America to see a specialist regarding his troublesome knee injury.
Meanwhile, his Wolves counterpart has considerably more players regaining fitness and Terry Connor could welcome David Jones, Karl Henry, Stephen Hunt and Michael Kightly back into the fold after short periods out with injury.