It’s our last away league game (play-offs apart). Harry Drew takes a peek ahead.
The Tigers travel to Lancashire on Saturday for a game which is likely to have a very end of season feel about it. City are all but guaranteed to face Derby in the play-offs in May, while their opponents’ fate was sealed three weeks ago as they were relegated to League One.
David Meyler will not feature at the Macron due to a hamstring injury, while Michael Dawson has an outside chance of returning to the squad having returned to training on Monday. The somewhat experimental side fielded by Steve Bruce in Tuesday night’s win against Brentford suggests that he may rotate the starting XI once again.
City’s recent form has been encouraging, with three wins in their last four games. Bolton have gained an unfortunate reputation as this season’s Championship whipping boys, yet this is not surprising given that they are fully ten points adrift at the bottom of the table. Wanderers have failed to win in their last 15 games, a sorry reflection of their quite awful season.
City last visited the Macron back in 2013 where they were humiliated in a 4-1 defeat. Given the state of the two sides three years on, there should be no repeat of that on Saturday lunchtime. Unsurprisingly the bookies strongly fancy an away victory; if you fancy a late season shock, Bolton are around 6/1 for the win.
Harry Drew @hdrew95
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