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Where did all my nails go? Bolton Wanderers V Peterborough United Preview

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It's here. The end of the world

Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers face their biggest game in years when they play host to Peterborough United on Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras, requiring only a point from the game to be promoted to the Sky Bet Championship.

The whites come into the game on the back of an away win against Port Vale which would have seen them promoted if it wasn’t for a last minute Fleetwood Town winner at Priestfield Stadium.

Darren Pratley remains a doubt after missing out on last week’s win with a hamstring injury. Jay Spearing is expected to play after recovering from a back injury that forced him off at Vale Park.

Peterborough will gain confidence from the fact they have already beaten Wanderers 1-0 this season back in November, that game was also live on Sky.

Posh come off the back of an emphatic 4-2 victory that ended Bristol Rovers play-off hopes.

Powerful centre-back Ryan Tafazolli, who was a key man when Posh withstood Bolton’s aerial barrage at the ABAX, is unlikely to be risked on due to a groin injury.

Posh manager Grant McCann believes the only thing that separates Bolton and the rest of the division is their tough defence and set piece skills.

He told the Peterborough Telegraph: “It’s a tough game for us of course, but we beat them earlier this season when we nullified their strengths and played well ourselves. We deserved to beat them that day. They are strong defensively and they are excellent at set-pieces, but in my opinion, the division has been much of a muchness this season with the exception of an outstanding Sheffield United side.

Peterborough have won only one of their last seven away league games, whilst Bolton have won only one of their last five home league games, drawing the other four.

After ending our winless run at the weekend, and with more or less a fully fit squad we should have what it takes to beat Peterborough. With this game being so important for us, and so unimportant for them, they will come to frustrate us, knowing we have 20,000+ extremely nervous fans ready to get on the players back if it’s not all plain sailing from the first whistle.

We need to keep behind the lads even if we go one down and help them over the line. I look forward to not seeing you all on the pitch at full time.

I’m going with 1-1 with Wheater scoring our goal.

COYWM!