Newcastle v Bolton Betting Preview

Bolton have kept three clean sheets on the bounce and despite conceding 20 goals in their 13 league games the arrival of David Wheater has certainly strengthened their backbone.

Both Alan Pardew and Owen Coyle must be amazed yet delighted that they find their sides in a European challenge so late in in the season, especially after some uninspiring recent league form.

The home side have a whole host of niggling injuries to contend with for this fixture but nearly all their player listed doubtful should make it. Steven Taylor should be fit to play his first game in over a month.

Ricardo Gardner, Zat Knight and Gretar Steinsson may all feature for the visitors but are listed doubtful at best.

Bolton G-Owen in the right direction

With six defeats on the bounce away from The Reebok and only two league away wins all season the stats would have you thinking that this is a home banker. However, two victories and two clean sheets away from home against Premiership opposition on FA Cup duty will have given Wanderers a certain optimism heading into this one.

This optimism will be enhanced by the fact that Newcastle have by far the poorest home record in the Premier League's top ten. The Magpies have won only four of their 13 home games despite scoring an incredible 30 goals.

Newcastle have only lost one of their last six games at St. James' Park but have drawn four in this sequence and generally have played with slightly less freedom under the spotlight of home pressure.

Both teams certainly try and play fluid expansive football and with no recognized right back Bolton will have to be wary of Jonas Gutierrez and Jose Enrique who caused Birmingham and Blackburn all sorts of problems in their previous fixtures.

The bookmakers are quoting betting odds of 11/10 for a home win, with the draw at 23/10 and a win for Wanderers at 5/2.

Oh Ho Ho It's Klasnic

The forward line at Bolton made a somewhat blistering start to the league season and Johan Elmander and Kevin Davies had netted eight and five times respectively by 20th November. Since then the goals have dried up with Davies only netting a further twice and Elmander a dismal once in Premier League action.

Shrewd business in loaning Daniel Strurridge and the form of Ivan Klasnic means the result of the drought has not affected Wanderers ambitions. Each of these players has netted once in Bolton's last five fixtures and can be backed at 6/1 and 7/1 respectively to find the net first for Wanderers.

Newcastle have striker issues of their own but Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best have been a real handful in the last two games and appear to compliment each other relatively well. They are both 6/1 to strike first in this one.

With Newcastle scoring the most goals outside the top five and with them netting the second highest home league goals you would expect goals in this game. However, Bolton have kept three clean sheets on the bounce and despite conceding 20 goals in their 13 league games the arrival of David Wheater has certainly strengthened their backbone. Backing over 2.5 goals at evens could be a risky but worthwhile punt, but the opposite at 4/5 seems more likely.

If one of these sides does manage to claim a victory here it will not only relieve them of any lingering relegation fear but will see them further involved in a very unlikely European push.

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 24/02/2011 - 11:10 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News, Burnley, Newcastle

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