If Bolton win away at Wolves on the weekend, they will surely resign Terry Connor's team to what is fast looking like a Championship fate.
If Bolton win away at Wolves on the weekend, they will surely resign Terry Connor's team to what is fast looking like a Championship fate. With a game in hand on their relegation rivals, this weekend, Bolton have the potential to become favourites for Premiership survival. But could Villa yet be dragged into the thick of it?
What a line up of games this weekends basement battle provides us with: Wolves v Bolton, QPR v Arsenal, Wigan v Stoke, Blackburn v Man United and even Villa v Chelsea.
Stoke are on good form, looking to push to play in Europe again next season and a win could propel them into eighth place. You have to fancy them against an inconsitent Wigan team.
Wolves are playing like they are already down and with Bolton playing for Muamba, there is only one outcome to this match; a Bolton win.
Arsenal are surley going to trouce QPR (this is a ritual for Hughes' teams) and it's fair to agree with Adel Taarabt's comments that indiscipline has cost QPR dearly. Who is going to score the goals with Cisse banned? Further, United will not slip up at Ewood Park, as they have done in seasons gone by. Therefore, I cannot see QPR or Blackburn picking up much needed points this weekend.
Let us turn our attentions to the shock contenders for relegation then: It may be worth keeping an eye on Aston Villa's result this weekend. As James Nursey points out, their record against the top teams this season is dismal. They face Chelsea on Saturday and have to play Liverpool, Man United and Spurs before the end of the season. Interestingly, Bolton's game in hand is against Villa, who could easily get dragged into things. Could Alex McLeish get relegated from the Premier League two seasons in a row? It's a long shot.
So, come the end of the weekend, I feel it could potential be all but over for Wolves, with QPR and Wigan not far behind them in saying their Premier League goodbyes. How would you call it?