Bolton v QPR Sat 12:45
In a game that will definitely have a hand in deciding which of the teams (if not both) see the drop this season, Bolton will play hosts to QPR as odds against favourites with Ladbrokes in a ‘six-pointer’ if there ever was one at the Reebok Stadium.
Neither side have been in good form of late with Bolton only second to Wigan Athletic in terms of their last six league fixtures, losing four and winning just one.
The Hoops haven’t been much better either and currently have the sixth worst run of form in their last six Premier League outings, losing three, drawing two and like Saturday’s opposition, managed just one victory.
Another statistic both teams have in common is that the last time they came out of a league fixture with all three points in hand was in January and with the opportunity to stave off the threat of relegation for a split second, will be keen to taste victory once more.
Despite being the away team, Mark Hughes’ side can feel confident that they can net against the Trotters this weekend as Bolton Wanderers have the second worst away defence in the English top flight, conceding an average of 2.08 goals per game at the Reebok Stadium.
Their attack on home ground isn’t much better either, with Bolton scoring just over once per game on average this campaign.
On paper, QPR look the more likely to come out of this fixture with the goods but the Trotters offence can also be confident of finding the back of the net with Rangers conceding an average of 1.85 goals per game when playing away from Loftus Road this term.
Owen Coyle will be pleased to hand a late fitness test to club stalwart Kevin Davies who could feature on Saturday after a month out through injury.
Marcos Alonso could also make his way back into the starting XI after travelling to Spain following the death of a family member, however he is far less likely to play than teammate Davies.
Just the one positive for Mark Hughes but what a positive it is. Djibril Cissé is expected to return after spending three games on the sidelines following his red card against Wolves last month, handing fellow January signing Bobby Zamora a considerable hand up front.
Both these sides will be looking to put things right after a run of abysmal displays has seen both looking towards the Premiership trapdoor, and Owen Coyle in particular will be hoping to turn things round at home.