Aston Villa have been treading water above the relegation zone for several months and Saturday’s goalless draw against Sunderland means they are just five points clear of safety, a gap that will narrow to three points if Bolton succeed on Tuesday night.
For Wanderers this is the first of five matches they will play between now and Sunday 13 May, with Owen Coyle’s team available at 29/10 (BetVictor £50 free bet) to claim a valuable three points which would move them a point behind Wigan Athletic with a game in hand.
Bolton haven’t drawn a single away game this term, winning 5 and losing 11 although the Trotters have failed to win any of their last three and were held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea City on Saturday.
Villa will virtually make their Premier League status secure by winning this particular match and they are odds-on favourite with some bookmakers to get the win they need although the best odds are 11/10 (Boylesports bookmaker) about Alex McLeish’s side.
The Midlands club have not given their supporters much cheer this season with just 4 victories in 17 home matches and it has been six games since they won a game, so we should perhaps expect a cagey encounter with the home side just desperate not to lose this particular match.