Bolton’s lack of goals away from home and Arsenal’s strong defensive record at the Emirates means that Owen Coyle’s men will need to turn the form book upside down to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
A lack of goals has been a feature of Bolton’s away form and they have failed to score in eight of their last 11 Premier League matches on the road.
And their task is not liable to get any easier at Arsenal, who have kept the opposition out in seven of their last eight home outings in the Premier League, with Burnley the only scorers at the Emirates in this span.
Arsenal’s only home game of this season ended with a 6-0 trouncing of Blackpool and they are 1/5 to follow up with a win over Bolton.
Arsene Wenger’s team have won all four league meetings between the two at the Emirates, but they will be without a number of their attacking threats as Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Samir Nasri are all out.
This may put some added pressure on summer signing Marouane Chamakh and he is 7/2 to open the scoring, while Tomas Rosicky, who has scored three times in four Premier League appearances against Bolton, is 2/1 find the target at any time.
Bolton may get some additional confidence from the fact that Lee Chung-yong has signed a new deal to stay at the club until 2013 and he is 8/1 to strike within the 90 minutes.
The fixture will also provide Arsenal’s talented youngster Jack Wilshere with the chance to play against the team who he played for on loan last season. See the whole Arsenal vs Bolton match betting market.