This fixture was postponed following Fabrice Muamba’s plight last month but it still could have serious repercussions in the relegation fight.
Bolton, involved in a battle to beat the drop all term, still have five matches to play and victory in the West Midlands would bring them within three points of their hosts.
Villa’s home form all season has been wretched and I think Wanderers can spring somewhat of a surprise.
With Wolves having already fallen through the trapdoor, as a result of a 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, it is now two from five as to who will join the Molineux club in The Championship next term and Alex McLiesh’s side are not out of trouble yet.
While the likes of Wigan and QPR have been putting together a decent run of results of late, Villa are winless in six and a tough run-in means their Scottish boss will be anxious for the points. McLeish has seen his team win just four times in front of their own fans all season however and Villa’s squad lacks quality.
Although it’s just one point from a possible nine for Owen Coyle’s Bolton it was only on the last day of March that they were completing a hat-trick of Premier League wins and a draw with Swansea last time out was a step in the right direction once again.
Bolton certainly have nothing to fear and were 2-0 winners in the Carling Cup here back in November.
At just 2.00 I have to be opposing Villa and it looks one of the best bets in the English top flight for quite some time. I retain a degree of faith that Bolton can salvage their season and avoiding defeat on Tuesday would give them a very realistic chance of doing so.
4pts Lay Aston Villa (vs. Bolton) @ 2.10 (Betfair)