Bolton - Burnley

Six points game. Bolton are second from the bottom, but just one point far from the clubs outside the relegation zone. Club’s management made an interesting move and decided to spend the money on new manager (3 mill. pounds) instead on new players (it should meen they believe in their quality). Owen Coyle arrived from tonight’s opponent and it will be a big advantage as he knows everything about ex-players. He made a debut against Arsenal and noticed two defeats although team made a decent display (in both games). In FA Cup came a first win against second tier side Sheff.Utd. (2-0). With a win tonight would skip at least Burnley. However, Coyle has fitness concerns over four important players. Davies,Gardner, McCann and Taylor are all doubtful (considering the importance of this game, I guess some (maybe all) will play), but on-loan midfielder Vladimir Weiss (Man.City) will make his debut.


Burnley are typical home side as they noticed 19 points (from total 20) at home. Coyle’s successor Brian Laws started with a Cup defeat on the road against Reading (0-1). In every of their eleven games on the road they conceded at least twice. They look good until got first, then collapse and got more. However, key striker Steven Fletcher will return after missing the FA Cup game, while another striker Frederic Nimani has joined on loan from Monaco and should appear (probably on the bench). Burnley have the worst record in the division against bottom-half opponents, earning seven points from nine matches.


Coyle knows everything about Burnley’s players. But, on the other hand, he made from them an attacking team that plays in the same style on the road which provided great results in second tier, but in Premier it represents the suicidal tactic. But, even if I don’t consider Coyle as important factor, see Bolton as a physically strong side and with new manager effect (also, Megson wasn’t too popular person in the dressing room) I see them as favorites here. Home win and -1.5 handicap as a gamble.


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