Sun, Feb 13, 8:15am by Kevin Pitstock
The Premier League’s Sunday game features Bolton & Everton, two teams managed by Scotsmen. Bolton are having a fairly sound season, not flirting with relegation – but they have definitely tailed off a little since their very promising start to the season. Everton have some work to do as well. Hopes were high for them at the start of the season, but they have become stuck in that mid table swamp. There is still work to be done to ensure they don’t get sucked under and stuck in a very unexpected relegation battle.
BOLTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
Bolton have definitely gone into some sort of slump, winning just once in their last seven matches. That was at home to Wolves and only came through a catastrophic (in football terms) mistake by defender Ronald Zubar. One area where they do excel though, is in playing sides who are in the bottom half of the table. They haven’t lost to a team in the lower reaches in 13 matches this season. That sequence includes eight draws. Last week’s performance against Spurs was good though with a narrow defeat and a second goal in two games for Daniel Sturridge. The away form has been the problem, with six straight losses, compared to home form.
Draws dominate Everton’s current form. Their win over Blackpool was just a third victory in the last 15 matches and even that came through a rather hairy route, where they trailed at home in the second half before coming through to win 5-3. Things have got worse with an injury ruling out Louis Saha. The French striker is out with a hamstring strain after scoring 8 times in 6 games. Jack Rodwell, the young English midfielder is also injured. Everton do have an excellent recent record against Bolton though, with six wins in their last nine matches.
BOLTON WANDERERS v EVERTON BEST BET AND PREDICTION
Neither side is bursting with confidence at the moment, but the loss of Louis Saha means Everton have to change how they play. Bolton look a good price at $2.65 with Centrebet and they are the team to be on.
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