Bolton Wanderers v Bristol Rovers Betting Tips: Promotion chasing Bolton to bounce back
Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming League One match between Bolton Wanderers and Bristol Rovers.
These two League One sides are both chasing promotion this season, Bolton through the automatic spots and Bristol Rovers through the play-offs.
Bolton are currently 4th in the table and just three points off the automatic spots thanks to a run which has seen them lose just once in their last five league matches and even that came against table toppers Sheffield United.
In their glory days under Sam Allardyce, Wanderers were exceptionally good defensively and that has been the case again in League One this season as they have the best defensive record in the division with just 27 goals conceded in 32 games. Offensively they have also been good with 44 goals so far this campaign as well as scoring eight goals in their last five matches.
Phil Parkinson’s side have been very good at home with their haul of 36 points in 17 matches at the Macron Stadium the third-best in the league. Furthermore, they have won nine of their last 11 league games on home soil.
Bristol Rovers may be chasing the play-offs but at the moment it looks like they will not reach the top six after five consecutive draws.
Over the last few years, The Gas have been known for their goal-scoring exploits, including this season. However, in the last few matches they have failed to find their shooting boots and have registered just three goals in their last five league games. Defensively, the statistics show they have been pretty woeful this season (53 conceded in 34), however, they have conceded an average of just 0.5 goals per game in their last six matches so things are certainly improving.
Away form has been poor for the newly-promoted side and they have taken just two points from a possible 24 on their travels in the last eight league matches. They are unbeaten in their last two away from the Memorial Stadium but have not won an away match since October 2016.
Given Bolton’s good home record and Rovers’ terrible away form, you can only back the home side here which, surprisingly, can be done at an odds-against price.
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