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Birmingham vs Bolton – Hosts can shade vital win

| 02.04.2011

Birmingham’s dismal run since winning the Carling Cup has seen them drop into the relegation places, but 6/4 looks good value that they can get a much-needed win at home to Bolton.

Match Odds

Since beating Arsenal at Wembley, Birmingham have lost three of their four games and their recent form at home has been particularly patchy, winning just once at St Andrews in the Premier League since November.

However, with Bolton likely to be focusing the majority of their thoughts towards their upcoming FA Cup semi final with Stoke, Birmingham could take advantage of this.

Bolton are one of just a select few teams with seemingly little to play for in the league as they cannot finish in the top four, while they are also sufficiently clear of being involved in a relegation battle.

If they are up for the trip to St Andrews, then the form book gives Bolton a great chance of taking the three points at 9/5.

Bolton won away to Birmingham only last month in the FA Cup and are unbeaten against the opposition in their last five meetings in all competitions.

Birmingham really need to win games to boost their survival chances, but the draw that would help slightly in this quest is priced at 23/10.

To Score At Any Time

Kevin Davies may not have managed a league goal for Bolton since New Year’s Day, but his fine record against Birmingham could mean that this barren streak is about to come to an end.

Davies has three in his last three games against Birmingham and is 13/8 in the Premier League betting to score within the 90 minutes.

Meanwhile, Chung-Yong Lee has scored the winning goal on his last two visits to St Andrews and is 9/2 to strike again at any time in the showdown.

Birmingham have had fewer shots on target than any other club this season and Liam Ridgewell could be good value to score at 7/1 based on the danger he poses from set pieces.

A £20 stake on Birmingham beating Bolton 1-0 and Ridgewell scoring the only goal would return £1600. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.