Martin Jol couldn’t disguise his disappointment after watching Fulham relinquish a two-goal lead against Odense on Wednesday night to crash out of the Europa League.
While Tottenham have been fielding a reserve team in the competition, the Cottagers have been treating the competition with plenty of respect, although the 2-2 draw saw them exit the European stage and the manager must now try and lift spirits ahead of Saturday’s match against Bolton.
Fulham sit 14th in the Premier League table after a mixed bag of results that has seen them draw at Arsenal and beat Liverpool at home. However, they have won just two of their seven games at Craven Cottage this term and it’s open to question whether 4/6 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) is a value bet.
The odds are particularly short on the basis that Bolton arrive in London with just nine points on the board from 15 games played and that is a ratio which is currently steering them back down into the Championship.
Owen Coyle has claimed this was always going to be a tough season of change, with the Scot trying to implement changes that will see the club well in the long-term, although there is a desperate need for points and Wanderers are 11/2 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) to take advantage of weary legs and low morale within the home camp.
Ivan Klasnic scored the team’s first goal in three games when finding the net during Bolton’s 2-1 home defeat against Aston Villa and the Croatian is 8/1 to score the first goal of this game, while Kevin Davies is the same price.
There have been rumours floating around that Bobby Zamora could leave Fulham in the January transfer window, something that would have been unthinkable a year ago with the player knocking on the door for England. He’s a 6/1 chance to break the deadlock in this match, although it could just be a place on the bench for the former Tottenham man.