Bolton are in desperate need of points as they prepare to make a late push to avoid relegation against new England manager Roy Hodgson's West Brom at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday. With a significantly worse goal difference than QPR, Owen Coyle will not want to go into their last game at Stoke with his side still in the bottom three - even if Stoke away looks more palatable than Rangers' last day trip to Man City. The good news for Bolton is that every time the old 'must win' cliché has been trotted out next to one of their fixtures recently, they have stood up and been counted - beating Blackburn, QPR, Wolves and Villa in the last couple of months.
Albion manager Hodgson was unveiled as the new England boss in midweek and will depart the club at the end of the season, when he will turn his attention to leading the national side at Euro 2012. He will be looking to end his term in charge of the Baggies on a high by guiding them to wins in their final two games. Albion are tenth at the moment - if they stay there it would be their highest league finish since 1981, having long since secured a third successive top-flight season for the first time since 1985.
• Bolton have conceded 45 second-half goals this season - more than any other side in the top-flight.
• Their record against bottom-half opposition is the best outside the current top six.
Nigel Reo-Coker will again be a doubt for Bolton despite scoring in the 4-1 defeat to Spurs on Wednesday. The midfielder was forced off late on and Owen Coyle has confirmed that he won't train on Friday. Gretar Steinsson also remains a concern - he missed out in midweek with a thigh injury so Dedryck Boyata is set to start once again.
Roy Hodgson needs to check on the fitness of Peter Odemwingie. The Nigerian is carrying a hamstring problem sustained against Villa. But James Morrison is available for selection after getting a full week's training under his belt.
Possible starting XIs:
A Bogdan • D Boyata, D Wheater, T Ream, S Ricketts • C Eagles, N Reo-Coker, M Davies, M Petrov • K Davies, D N'Gog
B Foster • B Jones, G McAuley, J Olsson, L Ridgewell • C Brunt, G Dorrans, Y Mulumbu, J Thomas • J Morrison • S Long