Sky Sports’ TV cameras shine the spotlight on Bolton Wanderers’ financial plight on Monday night (19:45), and the Trotters have a tough home game with Championship top scorers West Bromwich Albion.
This was a Premier League fixture seven years ago and, while the Baggies are in with every chance of getting back into the top flight, Bolton are sliding in the opposite direction. Under a mountain of debt and a transfer embargo to boot, Wanderers are three points from safety.
While they sprung an opening day shock on West Brom, the mood has darkened in Lancashire and the West Midlands outfit are odds-on 5/6 favourites with betway for an away victory. Albion have averaged over two goals per game throughout their Championship campaign under Darren Moore, so it looks worth backing them to outclass their hosts here.
As this match pits the division’s worst attack against the best, the goals look likely to come at one end. And no wonder, because the Baggies have two proven Championship strikers in Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez who have netted 27 of the 55 Moore’s men have scored between them.
Visitors pose potent threat
In short, on average either Gayle or Rodriguez have managed a goal for every league game West Brom have played. With Bolton failing to score in four of their last six Championship games, the short price about Albion winning away can be enhanced to 2/1 with Coral for victory and there being over 2.5 goals in the game.
The Baggies have scored three or more goals in matches on seven occasions this season already and won all of them. Beleaguered Bolton, meanwhile, have conceded 40 Championship goals and let three or more in four times in the campaign so far.
This is a game West Brom should simply win comfortably and thus climb above Sheffield United into third place. A win to nil at 19/10 with BetVictor is another market to consider, but Wanderers are there for the taking and the marginally bigger odds available on an away win and three or more goals in game appeal most.
Bet of the day: West Brom to beat Bolton and over 2.5 goals in game at 2/1 with Coral.