Championship, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 21st October 2017 from Macron Stadium
Bolton are bottom of the Championship, six points off safety, with just one win on the board from a dozen attempts. Fans have reason to be confident however, after watching their side bag that spare victory last weekend. Will they go two for two? It would certainly boost their chances of avoiding a quick-fire return to League One.
To get their hands on the points they must use home advantage to better QPR, the Londoners up in 15th. With The Hoops struggling for wins themselves, we look set for an open match, but bookmakers have the away win as favourite. Difficult to argue against – here’s the standout of our match predictions and betting tips.
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Team News – Bolton
One win, two draws, nine defeats. A horrible start to the season for Bolton on their Championship return, and it didn’t take long to crush the hopes and dreams of fans who had allowed themselves to imagine back-to-back promotions and the return of Premier League football to the Macron. One day, no doubt, it just won’t be this season. The main aim of manager Phil Parkinson – if he’s able to keep his job – will be to beat the drop.
The locals did record their first win of the season last time out, and those looking on the positive side will say that’s the turning point. It could very well be, but to rhyme off two victories on the bounce, The Trotters must beat QPR, no easy task, but The Hoops have plenty of problems of their own, so this certainly isn’t mission impossible. Bolton are six points off Birmingham and safety, following last weekend’s surprise win over high-flying Sheffield Wednesday.
Ameobi scored on 10 minutes to give them a lead at this venue last Saturday, Hutchinson knocked in an own-goal to finish the match, despite Lee striking back for The Owls. A result that ruined accumulators across the country. Back Bolton to win again in your betting tips and predictions at 21/10 (Sportingbet). The draw has been written off, but it wouldn’t be the worst result for locals, or punters if it were to land, 23/10 with the same firm.
Team News – QPR
If Bolton can beat Sheffield Wednesday, then they are certainly capable of beating QPR. In fact, it’s worth remembering that in Championship football, any side really can beat any other on their day. It remains one of the most competitive divisions in world football. Picking an outright winner is certainly no mean feat. QPR would have featured on the slips of some back in the summer, but they can be found down in the bottom-half of the table.
The visitors have been underperforming of late, showing three draws and two defeats from their last five league starts. They were consistent when starting October with a share of the spoils, fighting out a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. Having taken the lead early in the match, Sylla giving them an advantage, McGeady scored an equaliser on the hour to level things up, and that’s the way it stayed, despite the efforts of both teams.
Ian Holloway blamed a failure to get the second goal and go 2-0 up as the reason for more points dropped. Rangers had 17 shots at goal, a dozen on target, but managed to make just one count. Scoring two goals would see them bank the points most weekends, and the away day has been priced as a 6/4 favourite with Sun Bets. That’s a bit shorter than I expected to see.
Bolton vs QPR – Championship Tips and Betting Predictions
QPR are the better side of the two, despite last weekend’s results, but there’s really no value in backing them to win the match at 6/4. Instead, we’ll follow the trends, as both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings of these sides. Take Saturday’s meeting to fall into line in your betting tips at 13/16, top price with 888Sport.
With the stats behind us on our NAP, we aim to double up with a punt on the correct score market, where 2-1 QPR stands as the next best of our predictions. Small stakes here, but there’s plenty to like about the 9/1 being offered out by Bet Victor that we’re right. Let’s hope for a rub of the green, with both bets settled as a winner.
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