Fri, Apr 8, 10:55am by Kevin Pitstock
Bolton Wanderers and West Ham meet at the Reebok Stadium with West Ham having much more at stake. The Hammers have dropped back into the relegation zone after they were overpowered by Manchester United last weekend. Bolton sit in 8th place having had a good season and with the FA Cup semi-final that dominates their end of the season now very close. Both sides do try and play an attractive game, so it should be a good spectacle, but can it be a profitable one? This game gets underway at 00:00 AST .
BOLTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
Bolton were beaten last week 2-1 by Birmingham, a match that reflects their poor form on the road, where they have two wins. At home, they have been a different animal though, with 8 wins and just 2 defeats at their Reebok Stadium. However, as can easily happen, with league survival assured, a Cup semi-final on the way and no prospect of Europe, it might be that the players are not quite as focused as they need to be. It’s 3 wins and 4 defeats in an inconsistent last eight matches, making their form that much more difficult to predict. They are again without American Stuart Holden, and his presence has been a big part of their success. However, gangly defender Zat Knight, a first team regular could be back having been missing through injury.
WEST HAM UNITED PREVIEW
West Ham did carve out a 2-goal lead against Manchester United in their last game before losing 4-2, but you could never really say they looked comfortable or entirely in control of the game. It meant they have 12 points in their last eight games and they’ve been hot in front of goal, averaging two goals per game in that sequence. They have though, been fragile, conceding 12 times. It makes for entertainment but not always the kind of thing you want in a relegation scrap. West Ham are in a good position when it comes to injuries, with only Junior Stanislaus rule out, meaning they have options up front in Demba Ba and Carlton Cole, plus the in- form Scott Parker to dictate in midfield. The Hammers optimism might be tempered by a 3-1 defeat at home by Wanderers, where Johan Elmander scored twice.
BOLTON WANDERERS v WEST HAM UNITED BEST BET AND PREDICTION
The Hammers need for points is greater and we can see a high scoring draw between both sides here given the way they play, with our forecast 2-2. Our best bet though is the double West Ham win or draw, at $1.70 with Sporting Bet Australia, because their need is greater – we rate this as a 3/5 bet.
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