Bolton Wanderers v Swansea City, Sat 15:00
With two games in hand over those fellow relegation favourites surrounding them, Bolton Wanderers can make the jump out of the bottom three this weekend as Ladbrokes offer free bets and odds against on Brendan Rogers’s Swansea side to take all three points at the Reebok and heap more Premiership relegation on Owen Coyle and his side.
Coyle’s men have won three and lost three of their last six Premier League outings but are now hitting the kind of performance level required of a top flight side.
While their season has been disappointing in almost all aspects, Bolton have performed almost identically away from homes as they have at the Reebok Stadium.
The Trotters have netted an average 1.13 goals per game this campaign but have failed to score in 44% of their matches.
While Swansea are a terrifyingly stern team to penetrate in Wales, the same can’t be said of their away defence, conceding 1.76 goals per game and granting Bolton with a big window of hope for this weekend’s encounter.
To contribute to the defensive issues with the Swans, it was announced during the week that Alan Tate had picked up a calf injury and would be absent for the next two to three weeks.
While it won’t have a physical impact on the hosts, emotions will be running high at the Reebok after Fabrice Muamba was discharged from hospital earlier in the week and it was announced that, providing the Frenchman can overcome any neurological side-effects, could be back playing within six months’ time.
This news will have had nothing but a positive effect on the Bolton team, handing a lift to morale if nothing else as the club head into what will be a very influential match as far as the season is concerned.
Swansea have also found it hard going forward when they aren’t performing in front of their own fans and could be in for a tougher time than one might have thought a month ago when they travel to Bolton on Saturday.