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06/10/2018 Kick Off:  5:30 pm University of Bolton Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 0

Away Blackburn Rovers

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Match Summary

2 We fancy:

Bolton have won their last five home games against Blackburn, without conceding a goal in the two most recent meetings. The Wanderers are 9/2 with BetBright to win Saturday’s encounter to nil. 

9/2 Bolton to win to nil
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One to Watch: Bradley Dack

Blackburn paid an initial fee of just £750,000 to sign Bradley Dack from Gillingham in the summer of 2017. He scored 18 goals from midfield in League One, helping Rovers back into the Championship at the first time of asking. 

Now the 24-year-old is looking for promotion to the Premier League, just six years after playing for Braintree Town in the Conference Premier. He’s started the season in fine form with seven goals in eight games across all competitions, and he’s 5/1 with bet365 to open the scoring on Saturday. 

5/1 Dack to score first
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Team News

Bolton Wanderers' Last Six:
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Andrew Taylor is a doubt for this game after hurting his calf at the start of last month. Goalkeepers Ben Alnwick and Jake Turner have both been ruled out of these football predictions, along with forward Sammy Ameobi. 

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Rovers also have a trio of players who are definitely out. Ben Gladwin and Dominic Samuel are both out for the season, while Ryan Nyambe has a hamstring problem. Jacob Davenport could return to the fold though. 

Bolton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Bolton entertain Blackburn at the University of Bolton Stadium in the Saturday evening kick-off

Bolton Wanderers host Blackburn Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium in this Championship preview. Saturday evening’s encounter brings a Lancashire derby between two teams who both lost in the midweek round of fixtures, and are locked on 15 points in the table. 

Bolton are 27/10 for the win, so they start as the underdogs in your Championship predictions despite their home advantage. The Trotters lost 2-0 at Stoke on Tuesday night, which was their fourth defeat of the season. They’ve also won four times though, and there’s plenty of improvement for Phil Parkinson to build on after they only avoided relegation by two points last term. 

Blackburn are 13/10, after they also lost 2-0 in midweek. Billy Sharp’s second-half brace handed Sheffield United the points at Ewood Park on Wednesday, meaning Tony Mowbray’s side have a shorter turnaround before their short trip to Bolton. Rovers have made an encouraging start to the season after promotion from League One, but they’ve only won one of their last six Championship games, so they could use a victory here. 

The draw is 23/10 in your football betting tips for the weekend, but only one of the last 14 meetings between the sides have ended with honours even. That was at Ewood Park the last time the teams were in the Championship together during the 2015/16 campaign, with 10 of those 14 most recent games ending in a home win. 

Josh Magennis is 7/1 for the first goal on Saturday, and he could be a solid football prediction after netting four times already this season. Three of those have been to open the scoring, which is only one more than Charlie Mulgrew. The Rovers defender has three in total, and could be worth an outside shot at 14/1 for the first goal in this one. 

Predicted Score: Bolton Wanderers 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers

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