After mixed fortunes against capital clubs, beating Arsenal then losing to Fulham, Bolton head to Ewood Park looking to edge closer to a top-half finish against struggling Blackburn.
Blackburn are just a point off the Premier League relegation zone after an absolutely dismal streak of ten games without success during which they have claimed just four points.
In total, they have collected only 14 points in Steve Kean’s 17 fixtures in charge, vindicating those that considered it madness to replace a proven top-flight boss with a rookie after Rovers’ loss at Bolton in December.
The return encounter provides a huge chance for the hosts to get back on track though as Bolton haven’t won at Ewood Park in three visits since Allardyce left them and they’ve taken a point from the last 30 available on the road.
That indicates that Blackburn’s odds of evens are rather generous, but if you expect their survival prospects to grow even bleaker, the draw is 5/2, while the Wanderers win can be backed at 13/5.
There was once a time when this was viewed as one of the dullest Premier League clashes of the campaign, however entertainment value has risen in recent years, with six of the last eight collisions featuring three or more goals.
Over 2.5 goals is available to back at evens and both teams to score is a similar appetising 8/11. Three of the last six victories in this fixture have finished 2-1, and the home side are 7/1 to triumph by that scoreline.
The returning Junior Hoilett has struck three times in his last four appearances, netting last twice, and is 7/1 to score the final goal.
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