The Trotters will have survival on their mind when they visit the Britannia Stadium to take on the Potters and Adam Bate thinks that could mean goals and plenty of themWhen two goals to the good against West Brom with just a quarter of an hour remaining last weekend and with QPR heading to Manchester City on the final day, the Trotters looked as good as safe.
But their heartbreaking collapse in front of their own fans means Owen Coyle’s side now need to go and win at Stoke in order to preserve their Premier League status.
They will at least be encouraged by the 5-0 win thrashing they dished out to the Potters in the reverse fixture earlier this season – as opposed to the 5-0 defeat they suffered in last year’s FA Cup semi-final.
Bolton have already beaten the rest of the bottom six away from home and a win at the Britannia Stadium would make it away wins at each of the other members of the bottom seven in this campaign.
They are 17/11 (2.55) with 188Bet to ensure survival, barring a staggering result in Manchester.
But Tony Pulis’ side are unbeaten in six on home turf and will want to end the campaign on a high.
Stoke are the narrow favourites to win this one at 7/5 (2.4) with 188Bet. A draw – and that would be as useless to Bolton as a defeat – is available at 12/5 (3.4).
In the goalscorers market, Martin Petrov is a 9/1 (10.0) value bet pick with 188Bet for a player with three goals in his last eight games.
They were all penalties but with serial tumbler Mark Davies in the team that’s always a possibility.
Davies himself has opened the scoring twice in his last 23 Premier League starts so 15/1 (16.0) with 188Bet is a reasonable price for the 24-year-old too.
Peter Crouch has been the man to open the scoring on the last two occasions Stoke grabbed the first goal, and the tall striker is a 5/1 (6.0) shot to do so here.
In the other markets, consider the fact that Stoke haven’t kept a clean sheet in 10 Premier League matches, while Bolton’s run of games without a shut-out now extends to 14.
With no mileage in a draw, expect Bolton to be gung-ho if they aren’t the team that makes the breakthrough.
You can back 4-6 goals at 2/1 (3.0) with 188Bet and for a game featuring two sides that have had their defensive problems that’s the pick of the bets here.
|4-6 goals at 2/1 (3.0) with 188Bet
||Martin Petrov to score first at 9/1 (10.0) with 188Bet
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