I have written here and in other venues that 35 points would probably be enough to stay in the Premier League this season. This past weekend Bolton came from behind to triumph 2-1 over Stoke City. This win put us squarely on 35 points. 7 points clear of the relegation zone with 3 matches left. It has been an inconsistent season to say the least. Owen Coyle came in late in January and seemed to stabilize the club as a whole, although the results were still very mixed.
I am hoping Coyle will use the last few matches to give our fringe players a run in the team. This will help the club to determine whether to bring these players back next season, as well as showcase them for any potential suitors. This would be my preferred starting XI against Portsmouth on Saturday;
Hunt, Shittu, Cahill, Samuel
Weiss, Mumba, Wilshere, Riga