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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs Middlesbrough

Bolton play hosts to league leaders Middlesbrough.

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Bolton Wanderers vs Middlesbrough

Macron Stadium

Saturday 16th April

KO: 12:30

Last weekend's defeat at Derby County confirmed Bolton's relegation to League One, the first time in 23 years the Whites will be playing in the third tier of English football. This weekend, they face top of the table Middlesbrough in front of the TV cameras, who will be looking to make it six wins in a row in the league. Coincidentally, Bolton will be looking to avoid a sixth defeat in a row. It's also been three years since Bolton beat Boro, when Chris Eagles and Marvin Sordell scored in a 2-1 win in April 2013. That win put Bolton in the Play-Off places. How times change.

Team News

Bolton Wanderers

Oscar Threlkeld could feature after returning from his loan spell at Plymouth Argyle. Gary Madine might be available after injury, but Wellington Silva, Dorian Dervite and Max Clayton remain sidelined through injury.

Middlesbrough

Cristhian Stuani will miss the trip to the Macron through suspension, after being banned for three games for elbowing Preston defender Greg Cunningham last Saturday.

Form

Bolton Wanderers DLLLLL

Middlesbrough LWWWWW

Stats

Bolton Wanderers

Top Goalscorer: Gary Madine, Zach Clough (6)

Most Assists: Dean Moxey (5)

Middlesbrough

Top Goalscorer: Cristhian Stuani (10)

Most Assists: Stewart Downing (5)

One To Watch

Any of Middlesbrough's players

What's Been Said

Jimmy Phillips: ''We've been through tough times before. It's upsetting to be in this situation. How we react will be key next season.''

Aitor Karanka: "I know the way these games can work. Everyone thinks we will get three points at Bolton because of where they are, but we know the game is not that simple. That game on Saturday is where our focus lies, nowhere else."

Match Odds

Bolton Wanderers 9/1

Draw 4/1

Middlesbrough 3/10

Match Prediction

Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Middlesbrough