Paul Lambert’s team were unable to live with a vibrant Sunderland team, although they should be able to draw on home comforts on Saturday as they look to complete the double over a Bolton side that are gradually worming their way out of trouble at the foot of the table.
It is something of a surprise to see City priced at 11/10 (Betfred free bets) considering they are nine points better off than Bolton and deservedly won at the Reebok Stadium back in September. They held Chelsea to a goalless draw in their last game at Carrow Road and should score a goal or two against Wanderers.
Steve Morison has been a bargain buy from Millwall and the Welsh international is a 6/1 (bet365 bookmaker) chance to score the first goal of the game which would be his 11th goal of the season. Him and Grant Holt are the preferred pairing at the moment, with the latter having been the subject of a failed bid from Glasgow Rangers.
Bolton’s recent form has been pretty good, winning three and drawing one of their last four games, although all of these matches have been at home and we should remember that they have lost seven of their eleven away games, conceding 22 goals in the process.
However, their last away foray in the Premier League was a 2-1 win at Everton and perhaps Owen Coyle’s team are starting to turn a corner, especially defensively where they were so porous at the beginning of a season. The draw is a 12/5 chance an away win can be backed at a shade of odds-on.