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Preview: Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers

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Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images

Bolton Wanderers travel to Aston Villa this weekend in the forlorn hope that their terrible start to the season will come to an end.

Winless in 10 league games and goalless in seven, Wanderers are currently in the midst of what can only be described as an absolute horrorshow of a season. Things have never been this bad - even in the second season of Dougie Freedman and Neil Lennon.

Villa, under one-time Bolton managerial target Steve Bruce, arrive on the back of three thumping wins - 2-1 against Nottingham Forest, away at Barnsley, 2-1, and away at Burton Albion by four goals to nil on Tuesday - just as Wanderers were losing again at Bristol City.

Led by former Chelsea and England scumbag John Terry, Aston Villa struggled last season and also began this campaign slowly, though their recent form has been somewhat ominous and would be one of the last teams that any struggling side would want to come up against.

Leading an expensively-assembled side, Terry, believed to be on £60,000 a week, is joined at the back by former Manchester United graduate James Chester. Danger men going forward include Robert Snodgrass, Jonathan Kodjia, Scott Hogan and exciting youth team product Keinan Davis who has three goals in his four appearances this season.

Wanderers will likely recall Sammy Ameobi, though it will be a few weeks before Josh Vela returns to the side. Will that be enough for Bolton? Will it be enough for Phil Parkinson? It’s an incredibly tough game and I cannot wait to ignore any mention of it between 3pm and 5pm on Saturday.

Gulp. COYWM.