Bolton Wanderers

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Macron Stadium

03/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

Preston North End

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Macron Stadium

03/03/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Bolton who are just four points above the drop zone host a Preston side sitting in ninth just three points off a play-off position.

Last time: The last league meeting at the Macron Stadium between these sides was in March 2016 and ended as a 2-1 win to Preston. Liam Trotter had given Wanderers the lead but goals from Jordan Hugill and Eoin Doyle turned the game around and gave Preston the three points.

This time: Bolton are 13/5 to win this one while Preston are 6/5 and the draw is 2/1.

You might remember: A play-off final win for Bolton in May 2001 where goals by Garreth Farrelly, Michael Ricketts and Ricardo Gardner gave the Trotters a 3-0 victory that sealed their promotion into the Premier League.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Bolton come into this game looking to beat the drop, while Preston aren’t far off the play-off places

Bolton are coming off a 0-0 draw away at Norwich which might just have been a vital point in their fight to beat the drop. The Trotters are unbeaten at home in their last six league games winning four and drawing twice – they have lost just six times in the Championship at home this season and it is that home form that is keeping them out of the relegation zone.

Preston are knocking around just outside the play-off places but lost their last game, a 1-0 home defeat to Ipswich which meant they have now gone four games without a win.

The hosts are 13/5 to win this one but lost this fixture 2-1 last season. You would have to go back to August 2000 for the last win for Bolton at home over Preston, which was a 2-0 victory, granted this fixture has only been played three times since then. Another 2-0 win for Bolton has odds of 18/1.

Preston are 6/5 to take the three points and drew 0-0 with Bolton in their home fixture. The Lilywhites have lost just three times on their travels in the league this season, winning six and drawing seven. A 1-0 victory for Preston could be tempting at 6/1.

The draw is 2/1 due to Preston being the draw specialists in the division after 15 of their games this season ended all square. A 0-0 draw is 7/1 while a 2-2 draw is around 20/1.

Tom Barkhuizen is Preston’s top goalscorer now that Jordan Hugill joined West Ham in January and the striker is 6/1 to score the first goal of the game.

Bolton’s top scorer Gary Madine also left in the winter window leaving Sammy Ameobi as their top scorer, and the former Newcastle man is 9/1 to break the deadlock.

Adam Le Fondre is 37/3 to score anytime for Preston while Callum Robinson is 9/4 to score at any point during the game for the home side.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A low-scoring match. Bolton have the third worst attack in the league scoring just 29 times, while Preston’s tally of 40 isn’t great either. Both teams to score is around 11/10 and a half time/full time result of draw/draw is 7/2.

2

We fancy:

A draw with both teams to score, which has odds of 4/1. A 1-1 draw is 11/2, while Alan Browne is 21/2 to score the last goal of the game.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Preston to win 3-0 is around 20/1. The Lilywhites have scored three or more goals on four occasions this season while Bolton have shipped three or more eight times in all competitions.

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Written by Ciro Di Brita

Ciro Di Brita is a football fan and fanatic of all things Naples – not least Napoli. A published author and novelist based in Ireland, Ciro will happily turn his hand to writing on any topic but will always try to work in a reference to Napoli wherever possible.