Owen Coyle’s men were devastated to throw away a 2-0 lead at home to West Brom last weekend and this has put them in serious danger of relegation going into the final day.
After the Baggies’ late equaliser – as well as Queens Park Rangers’ late winner – Bolton are now two points adrift of safety with one game to go. Therefore, it is victory at the Britannia Stadium this weekend or Championship football next season.
They also need QPR to lose at Manchester City of course, but this shouldn’t be on their minds. They need to do everything in their power to defeat Stoke and then hope that Manchester City don’t slip up in their quest for the title against Mark Hughes’ men.
It has been a dramatic season for Bolton of course with patches of very good and very poor form. They have consistently been in and around the bottom three though and this is where it all comes to a head. Can they hold their nerve?
Standing in their way is a Stoke City side that has relatively little to play for. Going into the final day, the Potters are 14th in the table and this is a low as they can finish.
Three points could take them up to 11th though if other results go their way and this is motivation enough for them to give it everything on Sunday afternoon.
Every team always wants to finish the season on a high too, so Stoke will be doing all they can to beat Bolton and condemn their visitors to relegation.
After this game follows a very important summer for Stoke. They have achieved so much in the last few years and now it is time they make sure the decline hasn’t started. Victory on Sunday would set them up nicely for a positive close season.
In the end though, there is no getting away from the fact that this weekend’s game is all about Bolton. Will they be a Premier League team come 5pm on Sunday? The pressure is on.