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Friday, 09 December 2011

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa: Will Coyle or McLeish be the top Scot at the Reebok?


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Aston Villa blew a two-goal lead at the Reebok last season to hand Bolton all three points but Alex McLeish will be desperate to get a win under his belt here as he tries to remove himself from the managerial firing line.

The former Birmingham boss has seen his side fail to score in their last three outings and the natives are getting increasingly restless. Fortunately McLeish has been handed an early Christmas present with a trip to struggling Bolton.

Owen Coyle's men have been a real disappointment this season but, unlike at Blackburn and Wolves, the fans seem to be right behind their gaffer. Injuries have severly tested Bolton's resolve and they will be fired up following the controversial sending off of Gary Cahill at White Hart Lane last weekend.

Bolton have drawn a blank in front of goal in the past two outings but they have won their last two clashes with the Villa. Can Coyle make it a hat-trick and pile the pressure on his fellow countryman or will it be McLeish celebrating with a wee dram at the end of the game? Despite missing his influential keeper Shay Given with injury, our pundits believe Villa will head down the M6 with something to show for their efforts.

Bolton Wanders v Aston Villa; Kick Off 3pm December 10 2011

Prediction Panel                                              

Arsenal

Don McMahon

TBA    

V    

TBA

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

2

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

1

V

1

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

0

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

1

V

1

Liverpool

Mark Williams

1

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

0

V

1

Newcastle

Michael Stout

1

V

1

Norwich City

Sue Read

1

V

3

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

1

V

1

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

1

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Tottenham

Mike Richards

2

V

1

Swansea

Jim White

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

0

V

0

Wigan

Alan Moore

0

V

2

Wolves

Chris Cox

0

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

3

Writer

Steve Coulter

1

V

1

Writer

Phil Bundy

2

V

0

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Matt Turner

1

V

1

Writer

Chris Pettitt

2

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

TBA

V

TBA

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

2

V

0

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

2

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

0

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

1

V

0

Editor

Antony Melvin

TBA

V

TBA

Panel Verdict

The panel is edging towards a draw.

Home: 7; Draw: 14; Away: 10. TBC 3.

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