A 5-0 win over Stoke City aside, the Reebok Stadium has been a miserable place for Bolton Wanderers this season, with Everton becoming the sixth team to win there when recently recording a 2-0 victory.
Owen Coyle’s team have subsequently been beaten 3-0 at Tottenham although the wrongful dismissal of Gary Cahill at White Hart Lane effectively ended the contest and the visitors did pretty well to keep the scoreline down against the in-form side of the Premier League.
Even so, the table doesn’t lie and Bolton are effectively three points away from safety after a poor start to the season, with Saturday’s game taking on a huge importance against an Aston Villa side who have not won on the road this term.
Wanderers can be backed at 8/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory, with Cahill available for selection after that red card was rescinded. Will Coyle continue with Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic in attack, with the former available at 13/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to get his team up and running in this match?
Aston Villa have also been struggling for goals, with nearly 300 minutes elapsing since the Midlands side found the back of the net. Some might say this is hardly a surprise considering that Alex McLeish has earned the reputation of being a defensive manager, although the pace of Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor could change things on Saturday.
The visitors are available at 2/1 to claim victory and it must be pointed out that five of the team’s seven away matches have resulted in a draw so many people will be staying onside when it comes to that particular outcome, especially as neither team can be backed with a great deal of confidence.