As the standout fixture of the Championship’s opening day card, Burnley and Bolton have the honour of sounding the claxon on the new second tier season in the early Saturday kick-off.
With a price of 9/1 to win the league, Bolton are clearly well fancied to continue their blistering end to last season in this year’s renewal. Dougie Freedman’s men lost just five league games after the turn of the year, as they climbed the standings at pace before missing out on the play-offs by goal difference.
Sadly, their pre-season form hasn’t been covered in quite so much excellence, failing to win a single game in four attempts and going scoreless in their last two.
Burnley, who are rated as 14/1 outsiders for promotion following the sale of Charlie Austin, on the other hand, have turned in an unbeaten run of four games, three of which were wins, to leave the bookies scratching their heads as to who the favourite to win is.
As such, both sides can be backed at 13/8 for victory with the draw priced at 9/4 and, with the recent head-to-head records providing no discernable evidence as to who will triumph, it’s perhaps far safer to leave the match betting market well alone.
Instead a rummage in the both teams to score and overs/unders markets are likely to prove rewarding. Four of the last six meetings between the pair have seen one or more teams fail to register a goal and it’s priced at evens to happen once again on Saturday.
Similarly only three of the last 11 tussles between the rivals have seen over 2.5 goals scored and with this Lancastrian war coming so early on in the season the 3/4 available on another drab encounter looks promising.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date.