Bolton Wanderers have the opportunity to end the year with back-to-back wins when they entertain Stoke City at the Macron Stadium on Saturday. Phil Parkinson’s side ended a 13-match winless league run on Boxing Day but they are still in the bottom three with a one-point deficit to safety. Stoke, however, are on the top half of the table but a first defeat in over two months has dropped them five points behind the playoff positions. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Bolton picked up their first triumph since September after they got the better of Rotherham United in a relegation six-pointer on Boxing Day. The Trotters secured a 2-1 win with Gary O’Neil netting the winner after the hour mark.
Stoke, however, suffered a defeat at the hands of Birmingham City after previous going through 10 league games without one. Jacques Maghoma and Omar Bogle netted the goals for Birmingham to preserve their own unbeaten run.
Both sides previously met at the Bet365 Stadium in October when Stoke secured a 2-0 win. The last meeting at Bolton’s home was seven years ago where Stoke celebrated a thumping 5-0 triumph. Our betting tips and predictions favour a victory for the away team.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Stoke City win at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
Bolton are priced at 5.00 for a home triumph which exhibits the stiff task on their hands for the weekend. The hosts recently ended their poor run at home with a much-needed triumph over Rotherham but they are still facing an uphill battle against a Stoke side, who have nearly netted twice the number of goals as them. Our preview fancies Stoke City to secure the three points.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Stoke City win at 1.80[/bet_tip_now]
Bolton Wanderers win odds: 5.00
Bolton Wanderers vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.40
Correct Score odds
Bolton’s struggles have once more been in the scoring department and they come into this game with just three goals scored from the past seven home games. In comparison, Stoke have not vastly expressed themselves on the road and they have nonetheless averaged one goal in the past seven away trips. Neither side is likely to overwhelm each other with their scoring but the visitors should come up with a slender triumph with their better prowess upfront. Our correct score prediction favours a Stoke 1-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Stoke City 1-0 win at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Bolton have kept a reasonable defensive record despite the struggles this season and this has been demonstrated in their Stadium, where 1-0 has been the outcome in 50 percent of the matches. Stoke’s recent meeting against Bolton was similarly a low-scoring affair with two goals involved. Our total goals prediction fancies less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.57[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tom Ince has been an impressive performer for Stoke from the right side of the attack and he has contributed six goals from the 21 matches played. The ex-Huddersfield Town man has failed to find the scoresheet in the past three games but he will be hoping to redeem himself against Bolton against whom he netted in the 2-0 win in October. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Ince.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tom Ince at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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