Bolton v Fulham Sat 15:00
Martin Jol’s men could be in for a difficult encounter this weekend when his Fulham side travel to the Reebok Stadium in an effort to send the Trotters back into the bottom three, as Ladbrokes offer long odds on the Dutchman taking all the points back to Craven Cottage.
After going the first three quarters of the season spreading their victories sparsely over the term, Bolton now appear to be hitting form exactly when it’s required of them having won their least three league fixtures on the trot.
All three of those wins have come against the perfect opposition too, taking points away from fellow relegation candidates such as Wolves, Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers and improving Bolton’s chances of survival in accordance.
The Trotters have netted seven times in their last three Premier League outings, the majority of which came on home soil.
That being said, Coyle’s defence has been nowhere near as reliable and the team currently have the second worst home defence in the English top flight, managing to keep a clean sheet in just 13% of their matches at the Reebok.
The Scot may be able to bring several players back from injury on Saturday, with Darren Pratley, Joe Riley and Greta Steinsson all vying to return from injury.
With Sunderland facing a tough game against Tottenham, Fulham can jump into ninth spot should the Black Cats lose at the Stadium of Light but the Cottagers will have to move past Bolton first.
The West London outfit have an impressive away defence, conceding just 1.27 goals per game when performing in unfamiliar territory.
However, unlike this weekend’s opposition, attack is Fulham’s main stigma and the club are at the very bottom of the standings when it comes to scoring goals away from home.
January signing Pavel Pogrebnyak has now gone four games without a goal and after picking up a knock to his ankle in the victory over Norwich, isn’t certain to feature against Bolton Wanderers.
Should the striker fail to recover in time, Orlando Sã is in contention to come back from injury in time for this weekend’s game.