Once again, and rather unsurprisingly, the stats are against us for this match. Bolton have only won none ofd the last 8 home games against Aston Villa, although that win was last season. That is before we take into account Bolton's achievements of late. The Trotters have lost 5 of their last 6 Premiership games, and based on their performances in these games, it's not a trend that looks like it will be reversing. But there is some good news.
Aston Villa have had their own problems this season. While they're not sitting at the bottom of the table, like us, they have proven very fallible. They've only won 1 in their last 7 matches. In fact, they have lost to us already this season, albeit in a cup match with a weakened team. In addition to that, they still haven't won away from home, and this match is taking place at the Reebok.
All of this bodes well, and the fact that Gary Cahill's red card was rescinded, which means he will be available to play against his old club. Another ex-Villan, Nigel Reo-Coker is less lucky and will probably not feature as he has a hamstring issue.
This is yet another big game for Owen Coyle. Patience with bad results is running thin, and at home to Villa is a good time to get a result. However, Aston Villa will be thinking the same thing. Whatever happens it should be a close match, as the teams have been frighteningly similar this season. I'm not going to hold my breath for a result, but part of my thinks that Bolton just might do it today. Come on you white men!