Every punter knows the odds of the side that are bottom at Christmas staying in the Premier League, so expect a tight, tense encounter as Blackburn and Bolton battle to avoid that dubious honour for this year.
Given both sides’ shocking form so far this season, it’s hard to pick a winner in this clash, with Blackburn slight favourites at 3Way football betting odds of 11/10, a Bolton win priced at 13/5 and the draw available at 43/20.
Rovers’ loss to West Brom this weekend left them with the second-worst home record in the Premier League, having taken just six points from eight games – a record matched by Bolton’s two away wins.
However, Blackburn do tend to start games well at Ewood, only once going into half-time behind this season, so backing a half-time draw at 6/5 looks to offer good value.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle said he was impressed by his side’s second-half efforts at Fulham and if they are able to improve again against Blackburn then it’s worth backing them to ultimately emerge with the win.
It’s likely one side will do enough to snatch a crucial victory and betting on a win for either team by exactly one goal difference at 27/20 looks the best way to go.
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Regardless of whether either side can pull off the win, it’s unlikely to be a high-scoring encounter as Blackburn and Bolton have scored one or less goal in 30 of the last 40 games featuring either side.
With the nervous nature of this match, they’ll likely do so again, so odds of evens for under 2.5 goals are worth considering, or for punters looking for extra value a goalless draw at 33/4 also offers decent potential returns.
Yet the diabolic defending displayed by both sides – combined with two strikers (Blackburn’s Yakubu and Bolton’s Ivan Klasnic) who’ve actually shown some good form – means it’s likely one side will do enough to snatch a crucial victory and betting on a win for either team by exactly one goal difference at 27/20 looks the best way to go.
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