Birmingham City - Bolton Wanderers Betting Preview: Back the free-scoring hosts to get amongst the goals

Lee Clark's side have scored eight goals in two home matches and our tipster expects the Blues to find the net again when they take on the Trotters at St Andrew's this weekend
Birmingham City were in fine form in midweek as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Millwall at St Andrew’s and Lee Clark’s men will look to claim another three points when they play host to struggling Bolton Wanderers this weekend.

The Blues endured a difficult start to the campaign, winning just one of their opening five league fixtures.
However, resounding victories over Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall as well as an impressive win over Swansea City in the League Cup has suggested that Birmingham may be set for an upturn in fortunes.

Bolton Wanderers were amongst the pre-season favourites for promotion but Dougie Freedman’s side have had a miserable start to the season and the Trotters travel to St Andrew’s still looking for their first league victory of the campaign.

The Blues are chalked up as 11/8 (2.38) favourites with William Hill to claim all three points while the away side can be backed at 7/4 (2.75) with the same firm to pick up a much-needed victory here. The draw is likely to prove popular with punters and is available at 11/5 (3.20) with William Hill.

Jesse Lingard has made an explosive start to the season for Lee Clark’s side, scoring five goals in just three league appearances since joining the Blues on loan from Manchester United.

The 20-year-old midfielder is subject of William Hill’s special “headline offer” for Saturday’s clash with the odds compilers offering 3/1 (4.0) that Lingard scores at any time in a home victory.

Jermaine Beckford is yet to score in 10 league appearances for Dougie Freedman’s side this season but the Jamaica international is likely to lead the line for the Trotters again this weekend.

Therefore, Bolton backers may be tempted by William Hill’s juicy "headline offer" 5/1 (6.0) quote that Beckford, who scored eight goals in 21 matches for Huddersfield Town last season, finds the net at any time in a victory for the visitors.

Birmingham seem to have found their scoring touch at the right time and the 8/5 (2.60) quote for Lee Clark’s men to win the race to two goals against a side that has managed just seven goals in 10 league matches is the recommended play for punters this weekend.

Birmingham City to win the race to two goals at 8/5 (2.60) 2pts stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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