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Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers Betting Preview – Saturday 26th February, 2011

Fri, Feb 25, 1:33pm by Kevin Pitstock

The Newcastle United v Bolton Wanderers match looks like something of an eliminator for a place in the Europa League, with both sides seemingly clear enough of the tight bottom half of the table. This contest has a little extra bite after the reverse fixture, where Newcastle were crushed 5-1, with Johan Elmander in particularly fine form. Chris Hughton was the Mapgies’ boss at the time, but is no longer in charge, with Alan Pardew now Newcastle manager.


Newcastle should be fresh her, having had an 11 day break, compared to a Bolton side who have been busy trying to make their way through the FA Cup. They are on a small three game unbeaten run, started off by that incredible comeback from 4-0 down against Arsenal to draw 4-4, and they got a tidy away win over Birmingham City in their last outing. It’s an impressive result given how tough they normally are to beat at St.Andrew’s. Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands were the strike-force then and they look likely to be retained this weekend. The one concern for the Magpies is their away form is slightly better than their home form, with the points return split almost 50/50 between home and away fixtures.


Bolton look to have overcome a slightly sticky patch over the past few weeks to re-assert themselves as a side who should finish in the top half of the Premier League. They have four wins from their last 5 matches, albeit two of those were FA Cup games and the one defeat in that sequence was a narrow one at Tottenham Hotspur. Those two Cup victories were at Wigan, and more impressively Fulham, who have become difficult to beat under Mark Hughes. Striker Daniel Sturridge has 3 in 3, and in his absence, Ivan Klasnic has got the winner in the last two games, so the Trotters also have strikers in form. One concern for them is defensive injuries, with first team regulars Zat Knight and left-back Sam Ricketts both ruled out.


With both sides in good form, and Wanderers off the back of 2 away wins, a draw looks likely – we;ll go for 1-1, with a draw priced up at a tasty looking $3.60 with Sportsbet Australia.
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