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20/02/2018 Kick Off:  8:00 pm Macron Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away Sunderland

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Second half action. There’s a lot riding on this game, so it could be a slow burner. There were four second half goals when the teams met earlier this term, and it’s 5/4 that the second period is the highest scoring once again.

2 We fancy:

Both teams to score at 19/20. Bolton will be desperate to avoid going three games without a goal, while Sunderland bagged three in their last away game. Add in the result being a draw and the odds on this increase to 4/1.

3 It's a long shot, but…

A second 3-3 draw of the season between these two is priced at 90/1. Although it’s unlikely to happen again, this result could be worth a few quid as an outside bet at these odds.

Team News

Bolton Wanderers' Last Six:

Won: 1 Drawn: 2 Lost: 3

Phil Parkinson is gradually welcoming players back into the fold after a spate of injuries, although Josh Vela and Stephen Darby are set to miss this game. Mark Little received a harsh straight red card at QPR on Saturday, meaning he starts a three-match ban on Tuesday.

Sunderland's Last Six:

Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Lost: 4

The Black Cats will be without a trio of players for this crunch clash, with Darron Gibson expected to miss another month with a groin problem. Robbin Ruiter could be back before the end of the season, unlike Duncan Watmore who is out for the remainder of the campaign with a cruciate injury.

Bolton Wanderers vs Sunderland Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Bolton have lost their last two games, while Sunderland have a better record on the road this season

This one’s a real relegation six-pointer, with Bolton and Sunderland both scrapping to avoid the drop to League One. The Wanderers have the chance to move seven points clear of Tuesday’s visitors with a win, which would take another club out of the Black Cats’ clutches.

Bolton are 6/4 for the victory, which would be the perfect time to return to winning ways. The Whites are back at home after losing both of their last two games on the road 2-0, and they can’t afford another run like earlier in the season when they lost eight in a row. Just two points above the drop zone, Bolton need to beat the teams around them if they’re going to stay up.

Sunderland are 23/10 to claim a priceless three points, which would take them to within a single point of their hosts on Tuesday. The Black Cats have only won five games all season, which is the lowest in the Championship, but three of those have come away from home. Chris Coleman’s appointment hasn’t brought the results the Wearsiders expected, but a victory in this one would bring renewed hope.

The draw is 23/10, which shows just how evenly matched these two sides are. It’s a tough game to call, but with so much at stake there’s every chance both teams will set up not to concede. If that’s the case then a low-scoring draw of 0-0 or 1-1 could be worth a punt. Those scorelines are priced at 8/1 and 11/2 respectively.

Sammy Ameobi opened the scoring when the teams played each other at the end of October, and he’s 15/2 to do the same in this one. Adam le Fondre is the 6/1 favourite to break the deadlock for the hosts, while Aiden McGeady is an inviting 11/1 for the same bet. The Irishman is also 13/2 to score in a Sunderland win.

Predicted Score: Bolton Wanderers 1 - 1 Sunderland

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