Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers latest odds, news and free bets

The media knives are out for Andre Villas-Boas, although the Portuguese remains confident that he has the backing of Roman Abramovich and the latter might be prepared to have a player clear-out in the summer to let the Chelsea manager install his long-term plan

The Blues took the lead in Naples on Tuesday night only for some shambolic defending to see the west London side lose the Champions League game 3-1 and Chelsea need a confidence booster as they look to stay in the hunt for fourth spot.

It is no surprise to see them at a best price 3/10 (Coral free bets) to claim three points against a Bolton Wanderers side who were heavily beaten by the same opponents when the two teams met at the Reebok Stadium last October. The score that afternoon was 5-1 and perhaps we will see Chelsea take out their frustration after a bad night in Italy.

Another 5-1 win is a 33/1 chance (Boylesports bookmaker) and Owen Coyle’s team are certainly running out of games as they try to ensure they are part of the Premier League set-up next season. Wanderers are dwindling in 19th place and it’s only the poor form of Wolves, Blackburn and QPR which means they are still within touching distance of safety.

Bolton are a 10/1 chance (Bet Victor £50 free bet) to pull a rabbit out of the hat and they will draw confidence from the fact that Birmingham nearly pinched a win at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup last weekend.

There will also be extra motivation when they come up against Gary Cahill and the England defender didn’t cover himself in glory with David Luiz against a rampant Napoli team. It will be interesting to see the home team’s selection for this encounter and Daniel Sturridge rates as probably the best bet at 9/2 to score the first goal.

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