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Bolton vs Swansea: Trotters to claim rare draw in vital scrap

| 20.04.2012

Bolton need to pick up points fast in their bid to avoid relegation, and the visit of Swansea represents their first chance to do so, with the home side 21/20 to win.

Brendan Rodgers’ Swans recovered from a recent slump by convincingly beating strugglers Blackburn last weekend, and are a 5/2 chance to complete a league double over Bolton here.

Backing the draw at 12/5 could be the wisest option though, as the Trotters, eager to scrap for points, meet one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated passing outfits of the season.

The teams have already met at the Reebok Stadium this term, when Bolton emerged victorious via a 2-1 scoreline in an FA Cup tie, and the recent fragility of either sides’ backlines makes 4/6 odds for both teams to score look appealing.

Swansea conceded in five consecutive games before their 3-0 success of last weekend, whilst you would have to go back nine games to find the last time Bolton kept a clean sheet, so 10/3 odds about a score draw will also tempt punters.

Half markets deserve some attention in this game too, as Swansea have stormed to a half-time lead in almost a third of their league fixtures so far this term, whilst Bolton have gone into the break behind in a big 12 of their 32 games.

With this in mind, the 14/1 odds regarding Swansea holding a half-time lead before a draw occurring at the final whistle may be worth some investment.

More cautious punters can alternatively back the Swans to win either half of the match, which is a 6/5 possibility.

The visitors’ main source of goals in recent weeks has been loan star Gylfi Sigurdsson, who has attracted interest from a host of clubs after seven goals from midfield.

Sigurdsson is 7/1 for the opener on Saturday, whilst technical forward Ivan Klasnic could pay dividends as an 11/2 first scorer option for the home side.



John Klee