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  • 24 April 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Aston Villa - Bolton Preview: Visitors looking to take advantage of their first of two games in hand

Aston Villa - Bolton Preview: Visitors looking to take advantage of their first of two games in hand

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The relegation-threatened duo were both held to draws on Saturday and will be targeting wins in order to climb away from the Premier League drop zone

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Given
Hutton, Cuellar, Baker, Warnock
 Bannan, Ireland, Herd, Albrighton
Heskey, Weimann
BOLTON

Bogdan
Boyata, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts
Eagles, Pratley, Reo-Coker, Petrov
Klasnic, Ngog

The hosts have two main injury worries ahead of the rescheduled clash with Bolton. Both Gabby Agbonlahor and James Collins were forced off in last weekend’s draw with Sunderland, with only the former appearing to be a possible starter here.
REEBOK REVIVAL?
11/1 Bolton are 11/1 with Bet365 to beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Wednesday night.


Fabian Delph could make it back onto the Villans’ bench, but Richard Dunne is still a couple of weeks away from featuring and manager Alex McLeish could call upon his youthful reserves to fill the gaps.

Mark Davies picked up a knock for the visitors right at the end of the Trotters’ clash with Swansea City on Saturday and has missed training since, making him a big doubt. Ricardo Gardner and Stuart Holden remain some weeks away from fitness.

Ivan Klasnic could be recalled to the starting XI, along with the likes of Darren Pratley and David Ngog to rotate the squad in what is a busy time for Owen Coyle’s men.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Former Aston Villa man Nigel Reo-Coker (pictured right) made his 200th appearance in the Premier League on Saturday for Bolton.
  • If the Trotters do not stave off relegation this season, it will mark the third time they have slipped out of the Premier League.
  • Aston Villa have 60 league wins over Bolton, compared to Bolton's 54 over the Villans.
  • Current Villans boss Alex McLeish has won just nine of his 38 competitive games in charge.
  • This game last season finished in a 1-1 draw with Kevin Davies and now-Manchester United winger Ashley Young getting on the scoresheet.
  • Ivan Klasnic is Bolton's top scorer in the league this term with just eight strikes whilst Darren Bent still leads the way for Villa, despite a lengthy layoff, with nine.

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Available Squads
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
43Eric LichajDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
-Emile HeskeyStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
46Barry BannanMidfielder
38Gary GardnerMidfielder
40Samir CarruthersMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
14Nathan DelfounesoStriker
1Adam BogdanGoalkeeper
-Gretar SteinssonDefender
18Sam RickettsDefender
31David WheaterDefender
5Tim ReamDefender
7Chris EaglesMidfielder
17Martin PetrovMidfielder
16Mark DaviesMidfielder
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
19Ryo MiyaichiStriker
54David NgogStriker
22Jussi JaaskelainenGoalkeeper
3Marcos Alonso Defender
12Zat KnightDefender
37Joshua VelaMidfielder
14Kevin DaviesStriker
17Ivan KlasnicStriker
20Marvin Sordell Striker
Players to Watch
Stephen Ireland
Stephen Ireland
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Irishman has been one of the Villans' midfield sparks amidst a season of relative creative mediocrity.

Expect him to be active at both ends of the field; engaging their opponents in attack, whilst making sure to track back and help out his team-mates on the Bolton counter.
Martin Petrov
Martin Petrov
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
It was the Bulgarian’s fine cross for Chris Eagles on Saturday which enabled Bolton to peg Swansea back at Reebok Stadium.

More of the same from the flanker will be anticipated as the Trotters look to surprise their hosts on the counter and use the wings to their strengths.
Prediction
With Bolton desperately needing to make the most of their two games in hand they will no doubt be a dangerous prospect come Tuesday evening.

Villa meanwhile are also still not fully clear of the relegation battle but the lack of a prolific strikeforce on either side makes a point for each team seem likely.
Editor's Prediction
Bolton 1

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