Bolton v Nottingham Forest preview
Last Updated: 04/05/18 11:07am
Phil Parkinson will look to guide Bolton to safety having been spoken to about his tactics by chairman Ken Anderson prior to the crucial clash with Nottingham Forest.
In a post addressed to fans on Wanderers' website after last weekend's 2-0 loss to Burton, Anderson said: "l can assure you, that there will be a positive and offensive line-up against Nottingham Forest."
Should Parkinson elect to name a more attack-minded side, midfielders Josh Vela, Filipe Morais and Will Buckley could all come in. Wanderers, who were only promoted into the Championship last season, will begin the day in the relegation zone, one point behind Burton, who are also in the bottom three, and Barnsley, who are currently outside it.
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Chris Cohen will not feature for Nottingham Forest after announcing his retirement. The midfielder, who has barely featured this year due to a knee injury, came on for the closing stages in the final home game of the season against Bristol City to bring the curtain down on an 11-year spell at The City Ground.
Juan Fuentes will be missing after he broke his tibia against Barnsley in the penultimate home game of the season. Tobias Figueiredo (hamstring) is again doubtful and David Vaughan (ankle) is likely to miss out too.
Bolton are winless in their last nine league matches against Nottingham Forest (D5 L4) since a 2-0 win in March 2001.
Forest haven't beaten the Trotters away from home in the league since November 1978 under Brian Clough.
Bolton have won just one of their last 12 Championship games (D4 L7), and are without a win in seven (D1 L6), failing to score in five of their previous six.
Nottingham Forest have failed to score in four of their previous five away games (D2 L3), losing each of the previous three.
Aitor Karanka has won five of his six Championship meetings with Bolton (D1), winning most recently in April 2016 with Middlesbrough.
Kieran Dowell has scored a team-high nine league goals for Nottingham Forest this season, with seven of those coming away from home.
It is amazing to think Bolton beat Aston Villa around six weeks ago to move six points clear of the relegation zone. It seemed so likely then that Phil Parkinson's side were going to edge towards survival.
Since then, however, the Trotters have picked up just a single point in seven games. They are the only side in the scrap to stay up on Sunday facing a team with nothing to play for in Nottingham Forest, but they just don't look like winning a game at the moment. I'm backing a draw that will send Bolton down.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (11/2 with Sky Bet)