Season ticket holders at the Reebok Stadium have seen ten goals scored in the first two matches of the season, although their own team have conceded eight of them after facing the two Manchester clubs.
The 3-2 defeat to City wasn’t a bad performance from Bolton, although Owen Coyle will have some serious thinking to do after being outclassed 5-0 by United which means that the early confidence boost of a 4-0 win at QPR is fast becoming a thing of the past.
Wanderers need to win matches like this if they are to avoid a relegation dogfight this season, although the truth is that the slump began towards the end of last season after that heavy FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Stoke City. They are on offer at 4/5 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to claim victory and the result will mean everything rather than the performance.
Norwich will be hoping to take advantage of vulnerable opposition with the Canaries searching for their first Premier League win after draws against Stoke and Wigan were followed by defeats at Chelsea and then at home to West Brom.
It is too early to judge whether City have a realistic chance of surviving this season although odds of 4/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) might turn out to be too big against a team that don’t look all that impressive on paper, even if Gary Cahill wasn’t moved on before the transfer window.
The England central defender is 20/1 to open the scoring on Saturday and this might be a spot of value considering his aerial prowess helped the national team break the deadlock in Bulgaria recently, while Cahill also showed great shooting ability to score against QPR.