Fri, May 13, 6:24am by Kevin Pitstock
This Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers is a match-up of two clubs with great traditions, but only one of them is really overly concerned with the result. For Blackpool, points are an urgent matter in this final home fixture. Wolves win has dropped them back into the bottom three and they are point behind Mick McCarthy’s side, with Manchester United to come, away from home, in their final fixture. Bolton’s hopes of European qualification have long since disappeared, and they are drifting towards the end of the season in 9th place after their FA Cup semi-final exit. This one kicks off at 21:45AST, as it is a Saturday lunchtime UK kick off.
It is strange Blackpool’s return to the bottom three has been marked by something of an upturn in form – after a really poor run in 2011 they have had three draws in their last three matches, and they were within seconds of a victory at Spurs. It is a run of nine games without a win though and their home form does remain a weakness. Four of the last five games have been at home, and they have seen a haul of just two points. They have at least, stopped leaking goals. Manager Ian Holloway has really heaped pressure on his players by saying that they have to win to have any real chance of survival, given that last fixture is at Manchester United. Defender David Carney is ruled out through injury for the Seasiders.
BOLTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
Bolton have tailed off as their football year drifts to a close. They are looking to avoid a 4th straight defeat after losses at Fulham, a poor performance at Blackburn and then getting beaten at home by a poor, striker-free, Sunderland side. All that followed a last minute win over Arsenal. Their main strength has been at home and their away form has been among the worst in the Premier League, with only Wolves having collected fewer points on the road. Their goal return is pretty feeble too, with 15 from 18 matches. Blackpool were also close to winning in the fixture at the Reebok Stadium, before Wanderers got two late goals. Sam Ricketts and Stuart Holden are out.
BLACKPOOL v BOLTON WANDERERS BEST BET
Blackpool’s need is the greater and their recent performances suggest a little better balance between defence and attack. Under the circumstances we expect a Blackpool 2-1 win, a nervy one, and we’ll back them at $2.19 with Readbet in a 3/5 bet.
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