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Bolton v Blackburn: Trotters win can pull Rovers back into fight

| 23.03.2012

In what has been a trying week to say the least for Bolton, they can end it on a high by beating Blackburn Rovers at 11/8 on Saturday.

Bolton claimed a home success in their last outing at the Reebok Stadium, besting QPR 2-1 to give them a fighting chance of Premier League survival.

Travelling Rovers have also improved in recent weeks, losing just once in a five match streak that has included three victories, and they are 2/1 to win this weekend.

The draw can be backed at 9/4, and as Bolton’s home record and Blackburn’s record on their travels are almost equally as poor, some punters may be willing to invest in this outcome.

A narrow home win looks the better bet however, with the Bolton squad galvanised by the horrific injury of team-mate Fabrice Muamba, and desperate to achieve a positive result in his honour.

Muamba participated in the reverse fixture at Ewood Park earlier in the season, and the Trotters are well-priced to win by the same scoreline as they did that night here, with a 2-1 Bolton win available at 7/1.

It also finished 2-1 when the sides met at the Reebok Stadium last season.

The respective defensive frailties of either side make it easy to consider the 4/6 odds for both teams to score in the match, and with Premier League matches at the Reebok Stadium featuring 45 goals in 14 ties this season, this bet looks more appealing still.

That statistic also lends weight to the notion that there will be a significant amount of goals in the fixture, and so Bolton to score 2-3 times in the match looks good at 11/8, against a Blackburn side that have conceded a big 33 goals on their travels.

One of Bolton’s most impressive players in recent weeks has been Arsenal loan star Ryo Miyaichi, and the exciting Japanese winger could bring in returns for first scorer punters at 7/1.

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John Klee