While events off the field this season might have helped put football in perspective for everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers, the prospect of relegation is still not one that will be welcome at the Reebok Stadium.
Yet even the inspirational sight of returning hero Fabrice Muamba couldn’t stop the Trotters slumping to a 4-1 defeat to Spurs on Tuesday night, and Owen Coyle’s men know that with just two games remaining time is running out to save their Premier League skins.
Under normal circumstances, a visit from away-specialists West Brom might be the last thing that Bolton need, but events of the past week might just conspire to give them an unlikely and unexpected edge.
Hodgson is expected to be in the dugout at the Reebok as he sees out the season with the Baggies, but there has to be doubts about how much focus his side will maintain given the hullabaloo and media circus of the last few days.
Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager on Tuesday might not have caused worldwide shock on the scale that the death of Osama Bin Laden did exactly one year previously, but it still came as a surprise to just about everybody outside the FA given the widespread theory that the job was going to Harry Redknapp.
Hodgson is expected to be in the dugout at the Reebok as he sees out the season with the Baggies, but there has to be doubts about how much focus his side will maintain given the hullabaloo and media circus of the last few days, and how much desire will linger in a team who have long since settled for blissful mid-table mediocrity.
For that reason, it might pay to back a Bolton win at evens, despite Coyle’s side being winless in their last three home games.
The draw is on offer at a tempting 12/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, while West Brom are 13/5 to give Hodgson a fitting send-off with their eighth away win of the season.
But with so much at stake for Bolton and so little at stake for the Baggies, backing Bolton to triumph at evens could be an excellent opportunity to double your money.
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