This is a fixture that will send shivers down the spine of many a Bolton supporter, with Wanderers meeting the Potters in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last season only to get hammered 5-0 by Stoke which saw their season subsequently unravel to the point where they didn’t finish that far above the relegation zone.
It is the bottom three where Bolton are currently stationed following a dismal start to their Premier League campaign which has seen just six points notched from ten opening matches. Eight games have been lost and Owen Coyle will hope this is a good time to be playing their opponents, considering the Stoke squad were jetting back from Israel on Thursday night.
The Trotters are 8/5 favourites (Stan James – £150 free bets) to collect three precious points and also claim some form of revenge on Sunday afternoon, with the Lancashire side looking to stop the rot after losing all five of their home matches this term.
They will need to improve on last weekend’s performance which saw Bolton beaten 3-1 at Swansea, with Kevin Davies likely to come back into the team alongside David Ngog in a match which is sure to be a physical battle.
Stoke have been really unlucky to have been handed so many away games following on from Europa League adventures, although it was noticeable that Peter Crouch, Matthew Etherington, Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap were all left out of the starting XI as City beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-1.
The Potters will want to get that 3-1 defeat by Newcastle out of their system and can be backed at 9/4 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to claim their second away victory of the season, having triumphed at West Brom in August.