Can Bolton continue their good form and climb out of the relegation zone?
Friday night is Lancashire derby night in the Championship as near-neighbours Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic clash at the Macron Stadium.
Neil Lennon is now in the Bolton hot-seat and since his arrival, the Wanderers have managed to pick up a few points following a truly dreadful start to the season. Lennon’s first five matches in charge have seen the side manage three wins and another three points will be very much on the cards this evening.
This season’s Championship is extremely tight and despite the Wanderers still residing in the relegation zone, a win tonight would lift them above Wigan and into 17th place. They need to continue in their winning ways should they have ambitions of at least maintaining their position in the Championship and they look backable at 2/1 with SkyBet to make it four victories from six.
Wigan have enjoyed some success this season, however their form has deserted them recently and their away win at high-flying Derby County was followed by a lacklustre draw against Fulham at home and defeat at Brighton.
The Latics are struggling in the bottom half of the league table and instead of fighting for one of the promotion spots like many had predicted before the start of the season , Uwe Rosler’s side are sitting 19th in the table and in desperate need of three points this evening, Betfred offering 13/8 that they indeed manage such a result at the Macron.
Neither side have been banging in the goals this season, the visitors failing to score in all but three of their last eight outings. The home side have depended heavily on Cardiff loan-player Joe Mason, however Darren Partly and Jermaine Beckford have as yet failed to make any scoring impact at all. As such, we’ll be backing a low-scoring match with BetVictor offering 5/6 for less than 2.5 goals.
Bolton will certainly be the more confident of the sides stepping onto the turf tonight. Wigan have been on a downward spiral since their FA Cup exploits of two seasons ago and look relegation fodder as things stand. Lennon has certainly given the Wanderers some added impetus and although this clash won’t be a walkover for the home team, some tight defence will see them hold out and clinch the three points against a toothless Wigan attack, a Bolton win to nil up for grabs at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
This match holds huge local bragging rights and it looks likely that the home fans will be the ones singing loudest at the final whistle.
Our betting tips
Under 2.5 goals – BetVictor 5/6
Bolton win-to-nil – Paddy Power 4/1