Recently-relegated Sky Bet Championship club Bolton Wanderers will be looking to rescue some pride when they take on Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park this afternoon.
It was a Good Friday to forget for Phil Parkinson’s side with Wanderers’ 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa condemning them to third tier football next season.
The Whites’ latest opponents Blackburn Rovers go into this afternoon’s clash in excellent form. Tony Mowbray’s side have won their last three matches which includes an impressive 2-0 victory over promotion-chasing Derby County in their last fixture at Ewood Park.
Rovers go into their latest fixture without on-loan Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed who has returned to his parent club to receive treatment on an ankle injury. Manager Mowbray has a selection dilemma in goal with both David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler fighting for the number one jersey. The latter started the 2-1 victory at QPR on Good Friday but was arguably at fault for the home side’s goal.
Bolton Wanderers boss Parkinson could be without several first team players as his side make the 20-mile trip across the county. Jack Hobbs, Craig Noone and Sammy Ameobi will all be assessed before kick-off while Yanic Wildschut is not in a position to play anywhere near 90 minutes.
Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy and Gary O’Neil are definitely out while defender David Wheater is doubtful. Goalkeeper Remi Matthews and midfielder Marc Wilson are available for selection once again following their respective injury problems.
The match is scheduled to kick-off at 3pm with admission available on the day for fans of both clubs.