Cherries afforded title perspective ahead of Bolton battle

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In the penultimate matchweek of the tightest Championship title race in recent memory, Bournemouth could see the chance of playing Bolton on Monday night, after all their rivals, as either a blessing or a considerable burden.

Watford, Middlesbrough and Norwich all play over the course of the weekend, leaving Eddie Howe’s side in no doubt over what will be needed to push their chance of glory by the time they take the field at Dean Court.

If there was any hint of nerves, a quick scan of their recent form should help to settle the Cherries’ stomachs.

The south coast club are on a phenomenal 11-game unbeaten run ahead of the visit of Neil Lennon’s Trotters and as such are given 2/7 favouritism to win the game.

A conceded penalty late on against Sheffield Wednesday for a 2-2 draw last time out perhaps indicates a stuttering into the final hurdle, but an ability to find the back of the net has not deserted Bournemouth.

The title chasers have scored in 10 straight Championship outings and have plundered a total of 25 goals in that time. On four occasions during the span the Cherries have scored over 2.5 goals on their own, so the 4/7 on the game’s total surpassing that line looks rosy.

For Bolton, who arrive having won once in the last four and just three times in 14, they seemingly face an uphill struggle at a price of 17/2 to win the match.

However, with just three losses to their name in their previous 11 suggests the stubbornness Lennon is renowned for is rubbing off on his players.

9/2 says the match will be a draw, while those who fancy a slip up from Bournemouth can back Bolton to win or draw on the double chance market at 11/5.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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