Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Bolton v Blackpool and provides us with his best bets for Monday's clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Bolton v Blackpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 07/10/19
  • Time: 20:00pm
  • Venue: University of Bolton Stadium
  • Channel: Sky Sports Football

Two clubs who have been through the ringer in the past decade or so meet in front of the cameras on Monday night. I'm sure this game will have been selected for television on narrative and narrative only though because it doesn't look like a particularly enticing fixture from a footballing perspective. That being said I am delighted for Bolton and Blackpool fans that certain issues have been resolved in the past few months; hopefully both can go from strength to strength going forward.

Bolton were taken over with a day left in the transfer window. That meant all hands were on deck for an unbelievably busy deadline day where they pretty much signed an entire new squad, even a 14 year old work experience lad had to help out to get all I's dotted and the T's crossed. Before that they were playing virtually their under 18's squad just to fulfil the fixtures. Manager Phil Parkinson was bullish in his criticism of the EFL as he said the nature of various heavy defeats could affect the players well-being and I'd tend to agree with him on that.

Parkinson and trusty assistant Steve Parkin decided to call it a day a month or so ago, just a few days prior to the takeover being completed. The pair did an admirable job in extremely difficult circumstances and should be heralded for their efforts, many would've seen that departure as long overdue. Experienced manager Keith Hill has come in with companion David Flitcroft and they're charged with a major rebuilding job but from the interviews they seem to be relishing the challenge of getting a big club back on the up.

They've managed to get a few results under their belt but are still after that illusive win. They welcome a Blackpool side that are sitting pretty in the final play off position at this moment. Fans have voiced their concern over recent performances and although their results don't look bad on the face of it you could argue that they've been a tad fortunate. They scored 2 from their 3 shots on target last time out against Lincoln, and the Tangerines actually rank 16th for expected goals ratio which shows their over-achievement. A continuation of such figures should see the Fylde coast club regress as its likely to be unsustainable.

Team News

Bolton could be without the injured Jake Wright so Yoan Zouma is likely to start after impressing against Portsmouth last week.

Blackpool could still be without striker Nathan Delfounso.

Potential Bolton Starting XI: Matthews, Emmanuel, Hobbs, Zouma, Chicksen, Bridcutt, Lowe, Crawford, Verlinden, Buckley, Murphy.

Potential Blackpool Starting XI: Alnwick, Feeney, Tilt, Edwards, Heneghan, Husband, Spearing, Thompson, Virtue-Thick, Nuttall, Gnanduillet.

Key Stats & Facts

  • The last 4 Bolton games in all competitions have seen under 2.5 goals.
  • 3 of Bolton's last 4 games in all competitions have ended in a draw.
  • Blackpool's last away game ended in a 1-1 draw vs Accrington.

Betting Odds

  • Bolton – 7/2
  • Draw – 3/1
  • Blackpool – 9/10

The Verdict

I'm not expecting this to be a cracker. Keith Hill and David Flitcroft have come into Bolton with a focus on sorting things out at the back first and foremost and work from there. Their raft of deadline day signings are starting to get more minutes under their belt and I think they'll start getting some wins some time soon.

Their defensive efforts have seen their last games all end with under 2.5 goals and I think that's overpriced at 11/10 with MarathonBet, I'd personally have that as the favourite. Simon Grayson is historically a manager who sets up with a focus on defence and organisation, I had the displeasure of watching his turgid football at Valley Parade when he was Bradford manager and it tends to be direct and lacking any real tactical fluidity.

To be fair he was under a cloud at the club then but he failed to inspire anything at Sunderland before that too. He's back at Bloomfield Road now at a Blackpool club that are rejuvenated after the Oyston family eventually sold up. They've had a decent start to the season all things considered and I was impressed with the business they did in the summer. Armand Gnanduillet will cause every defence problems in the air and he is a threat to Bolton. Their games have seen a mix of over and under this season but at the prices I'm willing to take a low scoring game.

Following on from that train of thought, in a game I think will be low scoring it's always worth looking at the draw. I'm surprised to see Betfred have gone 3/1 on it ending all square and I'll have a 1 point play on that.

Bolton did concede 5 consecutively in 4 games earlier in the season but I'm fully discounting that as they were playing their under 18's. Their last two home games ended in a stalemate and their recent Football League Trophy games against Rochdale and Bradford ended in draws. They will battle here and although they need to start winning sooner or later if they want to pull off the great escape I think they'll probably take a point here if offered to them.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Under 2.5 goals – 11/10 (MarathonBet)
  • 1pt – Draw – 3/1 (Betfred)