Bolton Wanderers return to the Reebok Stadium for the second time in four days looking to record back-to-back wins over sides in the top six and move themselves towards the play-off positions at the same time.
The Trotters put to bed a poor October, which only saw them pick up five points from five games, on Saturday afternoon as they earned an impressive 2-1 victory at home over top-of-the-table Cardiff City.
After falling behind to a Craig Noone strike in the first half, Bolton produced two goals in five minutes after the interval as Martin Petrov’s penalty and David N’Gog’s close-range strike gave them the three points.
The win over Cardiff also marked the first game in charge for former Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman. After a stuttering start to the campaign, Bolton will have high hopes for the remainder of the season now that Freedman has taken over the managerial position left vacant since Owen Coyle was sacked on October 9th.
Freedman’s former side – now managed by Ian Holloway following his departure from Blackpool – are on an 11-game unbeaten run which has seen them climb to third and it is this kind of form that Bolton will need to move up from their current position of 18th and bounce straight back to the Premier League.
Wanderers have so far failed to put two wins together in the league this season, but the odds of them doing so on Tuesday night as Leicester City make the trip north are looking good as they are narrow 7/5 favourites in bwin’s 3-way betting market, with the Foxes at 9/5.
It may seem odd that Leicester are outsiders given that they sit fourth in the table, but they have lost their last two games and have only won twice on the road so far this term.
Those two recent defeats, at the hands of Palace and Watford, have seen the Foxes drop out of the automatic promotion places, so they will be determined to bounce back at the Reebok Stadium.
However, my prediction for Tuesday night does not involve either side getting the three points that they desire as the last three league games between the sides all ended in draws, while down the years, just as many games have been drawn (20) as have been won by Leicester.
Another sharing of the spoils is available at 9/4, but more interesting is the fact that Nigel Pearson’s team have the best second-half away record in the Championship, winning five and drawing two of their seven final 45-minute periods on the road.
And yet at the same time, Leicester would be hovering above the relegation zone in 21st place if the table was based purely on first-half away performances, as they scored just once prior to the interval in those seven games, with a record of one win, one draw and five losses.
With that in mind, 2/1 on the Foxes to win the second half looks a cracking price, while 12/1 on Leicester trailing at half-time but snatching a draw could provide a decent alternative for punters seeking a long shot.
Similarly, backing Pearson’s men to score more goals in the second half than they manage in the first is available at 8/5 and it is this selection which makes the most appeal.
Punters registering with bwin can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on Leicester to grab more goals after the interval than before it would return £52 if successful.
After all, the Foxes have notched eight second-half goals on their travels thus far – in sharp contrast to that solitary strike in the opening 45 minutes – and must surely be backed at odds-against to continue that trend at the Reebok Stadium.