Betting Guide: Bolton v Stoke

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 17 September 2009
The Potters have had a good start to the season whilst Bolton languish in the bottom 3. Of course in the general scheme of things that means very little after five games but in betting terms it means one side has confidence, one doesn't.

Furthermore Bolton have lost both of their home games so far this season and BlueSQ and William Hill offer 11/4 that the Potters can take home all three points to really crank up the pressure on Gary Megson. The Potters have yet to score on their travles though so a draw may be seen as a decent result, Boyles and Bet365 offer 23/10 that the game ends all square, whilst lets not forget Bolton easily beat the Potters here last season and SkyBet are offering 6/5 that the Trotters can send Tony Pulis' men home empty handed again.

Stoke were beaten 3-1 here on the opening day of last season and will be hoping for revenge. BlueSQ offer 40's that the Potters can turn that scoreline in their favour this time whilst its 18/1 at BlueSQ and PaddyPower that Pulis guides his side to a 2-0 win, just as he did at the Britannia Stadium in March.

Bolton will be hoping for repeat performance of last seasons game and are 18/1 with Victor Chandler for a 3-1 win. The Potters are a lot stronger now though and the Trotters would be more than happy with a 1-0 win, a scoreline available at 7's with StanJames and Ladbrokes. The hosts have had some high scoring games recently and a high scoring draw may not be out of the question. BlueSQ give odds of 16/1 that the teams share four goals.

Stoke star man Abdoulaye Faye opened the scoring last week against Chelsea and scored in both games last season against one of his former clubs in Newcastle. Bolton are another of his former employers and Coral offer a huge 40/1 he scores the opening goal against the Trotters. Ricardo Fuller is yet to score this term but opened his account at the Reebok last season and is available at 15/2 with BlueSQ and SkyBet to break the deadlock on Saturday.

Matt Taylor has scored some vital goals for Bolton since signing at the Reebok and the opener on Saturday is going to be one of the most vital of the season. It could be the final nail in the Gary Megson coffin if the Trotters go on to lose or it could be the spark that starts a revival. If you fancy Taylor to bag the opener he's available at 9's with Bet365, StanJames and BlueSQ. Gretar Steinsson opened the scoring here last year with a flukey effort and the full back is 25/1 with Bet365 to nab the first goal this time aswell.

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