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Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers Betting Preview – Saturday 19th March, 2011

Fri, Mar 18, 11:28am by Kevin Pitstock

Manchester United continue their quest to re-claim the Premier League title with a home game against neighbours Bolton Wanderers. They have a three point lead over Arsenal having played a game more, while this match also see Sir Alex Ferguson start a five game touchline ban for his unflattering comments about referee Martin Atkinson. Bolton continue their successful season as they look on course for a top half finish, and it’s also possible that this might be the FA Cup final ina couple of months time, with both teams having made it into the last four last weekend.

Manchester United have responded in positive style to their big defeat at Liverpool in their grudge match with a comfortable enough victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup and largely comfortable progress in the Champions League with their defeat of Marseille. Their squad has been boosted by the return of Antonio Valencia, but it does seem increasingly likely that Rio Ferdinand will play no further part this season. United’s home form remains imperious, with just 2 points dropped at Old Trafford so far in this Premier League campaign. They are also exceptionally good at getting on top early, leading at half-time and winning in 14 of their last 15 matches. They also have a very solid home record against Bolton in their Premier League encounters – they are looking for an 8th win in a row.

Bolton sit in a weird position, where they are safe from relegation and thoroughly unlikely to claim a place in Europe. Their Premier League form might just be worth watching from a betting point of view, as their real priority will probably be the FA Cup semi-final with Stoke and getting into the final. The league form of teams in this position can easily tail off. Wanderers have put together a six game unbeaten run in all competitions, with their last two matches 3-2 wins where they have pinched late winners against Birmingham and Aston Villa. Bolton are a little stretched with injuries – as are United, so neither side will go into the game supremely confident of a clean sheet.

United should come through here and our forecast is a 3-1 win. The best bet lies in that Manchester United to lead at half-time and full time combination, which is priced up at a very tempting $1.94 with Centrebet.
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