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Fulham vs Bolton: Home side have the edge in must-win clash

| 16.12.2011

Pressure has started to build on Fulham boss Martin Jol after Fulham’s Europa League failure, but it is nothing compared to that being experienced by Owen Coyle.

Fulham are 4/6 to put their European misery behind them with three points at Craven Cottage, and that price looks very good considering visitors Bolton haven’t won away from home since the first day of the season.

Coyle’s men sit rock-bottom of the Premier League, amidst a dreadful run of form that has seen them amass only nine points from fifteen games so far.

They are 9/2 to add three more points to that haul here, but having shipped an incredible 35 goals in the league so far, it is difficult to see them even achieving a draw, which is priced at 5/2.

Bolton’s case has not been helped by injuries, but theirs is a visit that Jol will undoubtedly look on as an opportunity to get his own indifferent side back on track and begin a march up the table.

Unlike their visitors, Fulham’s defence is relatively stingy, and with just nine goals conceded at Craven Cottage all season, 11/8 looks a good price for the home side to keep a clean sheet, as does the 7/4 for them to win to nil.

It is 6/4 that the Londoners are leading at both half-time and full-time and 11/4 that they win both halves.

Both markets could be worth paying interest to with Jol eager for his men to put on a show in front of the home crowd to allay any scrutiny he may be coming under.

Bobby Zamora has reportedly had a bust-up with his manager, and with him unlikely to feature from the start, Clint Dempsey looks an obvious pick for first goal scorer at 5/1.

Breade Hangeland is always a set-piece threat though, and represents big value at 20/1 to find the net first on Saturday.



John Klee