Relegated Bolton will make an unlikely bid to derail Middlesbrough’s promotion charge when they welcome the league leaders to the Macron Stadium on Saturday lunch-time.
While Bolton’s faith has been sealed, Boro still have plenty to play with the added spice of facing an old player in the shape of Jimmy Phillips.
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Phillips, the new man in charge at Bolton, is a former Middlesbrough left-back although there will be no sentiment on Saturday as he looks to pick up a first win since the 6th of February.
Since that 2-1 victory over Rotherham, Bolton have lost 9 and drawn 2. The club are currently on a run of five straight defeats but boast a good record at home against Middlesbrough.
Phillips men have lost only one game against Middlesbrough at home in 14 games winning 7 and drawing 6. Their sole defeat came in their last meeting with Aitor Karanka’s side, a loss that made it three on the spin.
The new manager in charge will have midfielder Oscar Threlkeld available following a loan spell at Plymouth however Max Clayton (hamstring) is ruled out.
Wellington Silva (groin), Dorian Dervite (ankle) and Gary Madine (hip) are unlikely to be involved on Saturday but could return before the end of the season.
Middlesbrough meanwhile will be missing the suspended Cristhian Stuani. The former Espanyol forward serves the second game of a three-match ban for violent conduct in the 1-0 win over Preston last weekend.
‘Boro have won each of their last five games to move top of the table although promotion is still far from guaranteed with third place Brighton just four point behind.
Last time out a 90th minute goal from Adam Forshaw secured a 2-1 win at home to Reading. While their home has been strong, the club have won just two of their last 7 away games.