Bolton Wanderers vs Birmingham City – Preview

Team News

Stephen Carr is available again after suspension so will come back in for Stuart Parnaby. Scott Dann is out again so that could be the only change although the manager has indicated that some younger players may get a chance on the bench.

Bolton should field a similar team to last week although as they are also safe Owen Coyle may wish to give opportunities to fringe players.

Last Meeting

Our last meeting was in September and was the last time we lost a game at home. Bolton took an early lead through Cohen and Blues had to wait until Kevin Phillips came on to equalise in the second half. Two minutes later though Lee scored the winner after Matt Taylor’s free kick had hit the post. Our last game at the Reebok was in December 2007 and ended 3-0 to Bolton. The game is best forgotten about from a Blues perspective.

Recent Form

Neither side is in particular good form with only one win in the last six. Blues are also on a run of four straight away defeats.

Outlook

Here we are at the end of the season knowing that only a strange combination of results will stop us from securing our best ever Premiership finish. A point tomorrow will also give us our highest points total beating the 10th place and fifty points from 2004. Whatever happens it has been a great season and to be in this position is amazing for a promoted side. When this fixture was first announced I’m sure I’m not the only one who saw it as a potential relegation decider. The fact that we were safe weeks ago is testament to the great job done by Alex McLeish. If Fulham hadn’t done so well in Europe he would be a shoe-in for the manager of the season award.

As for the game this is one of those end of season fixtures with nothing on it that could either end 0-0 or 5-4 although I’d be surprised to see too many goals from two of the lowest scorers in the league. It should be a good day out for the fans with over 4000 tickets being made available and no doubt a lot of fancy dress will be on display. This game is really more of an end of season party so the game itself doesn’t need much analysis. I hope the players can enjoy themselves as well and finish the season on a high. Next season will be a lot tougher so let’s enjoy it while we can.

My prediction 1-1.

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  1. great season highest ever finishing position got to be pleased, if only we could of got pavlechenko and one other where could we have finished !!!!!!

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