Bolton’s plight is one of the more surprising stories of the Premier League season so far.
Fancied for a top-half finish in some circles pre-season, and under the guidance of a bright, young manager in Owen Coyle, the relegation candidates now find themselves priced at 7/4 for the drop, and while these football odds may appear short on the surface, it is a generous price considering the turmoil currently surrounding the club.
Having conceded a staggering 31 goals in just 13 league games, the club are set to lose star asset and England international defender Gary Cahill for a knockdown fee in January, and under-fire boss Coyle has admitted that he is unlikely to see much of the funds generated by the sale of his best player.
A bounty of injury woes also continues to encompass the north-west side, with last year’s player of the season Stuart Holden desperately unlucky to be sidelined until at least February, and tricky winger Lee Chung Yong and full-back Tyrone Mears also in the midst of a lengthy injury layoff.
The fact that the likes of the usually dependable Jussi Jaaskelainen and Paul Robinson are entrenched in a rut of horrific form, and the declining displays of the ageing Kevin Davies have not helped matters either.
The impressive form of flamboyant midfielder Chris Eagles and technically gifted forward Ivan Klasnic have been minor plus points in what has so far been a terrible season for the Trotters, and a trip to in-form Tottenham at the weekend is likely to heap further pressure on a side devoid of confidence.
9/1 for an away win, punters would be advised to stay away from backing the Reebok Stadium outfit to even obtain a draw at 9/2 at White Hart Lane.
Currently placed 18th in the Premier League, Bolton need to come up with something quickly to avoid a relegation battle come the end of the season.