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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

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Finally, after nine long and depressing months, the end is nigh. But can we go out on a high?

Happier days: Bolton's Zat Knight about to kick Hull's Craig Fagan back in 2009
Happier days: Bolton's Zat Knight about to kick Hull's Craig Fagan back in 2009
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The end of the season is almost upon us, with one final game at the Macron remaining ahead of a final day of the season jaunt to the lovely riverside location of Fulham.

Hull make the trip west looking to consolidate their fourth position that would guarantee them a home second leg in the Championship play-offs. They lead fifth-placed Derby by three points, so that seems more than likely.

Team News

Bolton Wanderers

Apparently if you're a Bolton player and you're not injured, then you're not one of the cool kids. Jimmy Phillips revealed we will be without the impressive Oscar Threlkeld, while Josh Vela has also picked up a knock. The less impressive Mark Davies is apparently 'touch and go.' Niall Maher will of course be suspended following his attempt at knocking Craig Noone's head off last week

These absences will most likely see a full debut for 19-year-old Tyler Garratt, who impressed off the bench at Cardiff. We can all hope and pray that Phillips will not choose to give Emile Heskey a fourth successive start, after Kaiyne Woolery looked far more dangerous when he replaced the big man last week.

Hull City

Hull have Michael Dawson back in contention following an injury and have no new injury concerns.

Form

Bolton Wanderers: L D L L L L L L D L

Hull City: D D L W L D W W D W

Statistics

Top Goalscorers

Bolton Wanderers: Zach Clough (7), Gary Madine (6)

Hull City: Abel Hernandez (20), Mohamed Diame (8), Chuba Akpom (7, only 3 in the league)

Most Assists

Bolton Wanderers: Dean Moxey (5), Mark Davies (4)

Hull City: Sam Clucas (8), Ahmed Elmohamady (6), Robert Snodgrass (5)

Match Stats

Bolton haven't lost at home to Hull in 81 years, having only hosted the Tigers 17 times going all the way back to March 1935. However, Bolton have only beaten Hull once in their last six attempts.

Match Odds

Bolton Wanderers: 7/1

Draw: 7/2

Hull City: 5/11

Match Prediction

Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Hull City