Was there a sound of a corner being turned at the DW Stadium last weekend as Bolton Wanderers finally ended a run of six defeats by beating Wigan 3-1 in a game which also saw Owen Coyle’s team miss a penalty and an open goal?
The victory wasn’t enough to lift the Trotters out of the Premier League bottom three although another win on Saturday and Bolton will shoot towards mid-table, with the Lancashire side now looking to end a run of four losses at home which have admittedly been inflicted by decent teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea.
Wanderers are 6/5 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory against a Sunderland side that are also struggling for points after managing to win just one of their eight games thus far.
Steve Bruce’s side have not exactly had a difficult run of fixtures to open the season with, although six points have been mustered from eight matches and poor away form has been a constant for the Black Cats in the past few seasons.
The visitors can draw some confidence from the fact that they came close to getting a point at Arsenal last weekend and you can get 11/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) that this match ends all square, while Sunderland are a 5/2 chance to claim a much-needed victory.
It wasn’t that long ago that Bruce could call upon the services of Darren Bent, Danny Welbeck and Asamoah Gyan in attack, although the trio are all gone from the Stadium of Light and the on-loan Nicklas Bendtner will instead by ploughing a lone furrow in attach, with the Dane 7/1 to score the first goal.