BOLTON WANDERERS-HULL CITY
Bolton are "safe" it is only the mathematicians who would argue that they can still be relegated and it is very likely that news from somewhere else during the game, will make even those sceptics accept that Wanderers will be playing in the top flight next season.
City need a result badly, a draw would not be the end of things for them, even with Manchester United to face on the final day of the season. Especially if the champions elect pick up the needed point today to clinch the title and approach next week in celebratory mood and with one eye on their up coming Champions League final.
The home side have scored just once in four starts and come here on the back of consecutive 0-0 draws, the fans are not overly happy, either with the style of football they are forced to watch, or with boss Gary Megson, whom they have never really accepted. They much prefer visiting boss Phil Brown, who was cheered by Bolton supporters throughout the reverse fixture and who is something of a favourite son of the Trotters, which is hardly surprising after 12 years there as player and then on the coaching staff.
His side are in freefall and have registered just one win in 20 starts, but all that goes out of the window at this stage of the season and we are sure to see the visiting side battling for their lives. The Reebok is only likely to be two thirds full and probably 30% of those will be from Hull, half of the rest will not be too unhappy to see Brown's team take the spoils, the remainder happy to just boo Megson ! A little on the visitors off level ball for me, hopefully they can keep this scoreless early and push on after the break.
4.5 points Hull City level ball 2.56 asian line.
MIDDLESBROUGH - ASTON VILLA
Villa have had little to play for in recent weeks and been involved in some very open encounters, the game at Fulham last week was end to end action and could easily have produced more goals than the four we finally saw. Boro have no option but to go for this, they appear to be fighting a lost cause now, but at least have to seek the three points and hope that results elsewhere go their way. If they are behind or level with 20 minutes to play, every fit attacking player at the club should be on the pitch and pressing forward.
This is traditionally a high scoring fixture, with the last seven meetings here all ending "over" and I see little different today.
6 points "over" 2.5 goals 2.02 asian line.