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Vital clash for Bolton as West Brom prepare to bid Hodgson farewell

| 02.05.2012

Only two league games will remain for Bolton come Sunday, and they will be desperate to take a giant step towards safety by beating West Brom at 10/11.

The Trotters are unbeaten in their past three league games, finding some semblance of form at exactly the right time, with a continuation of this seeming plausible at such a crucial time.

Prior to a home tie with Tottenham on Wednesday night, Owen Coyle’s men remain in the relegation zone on goal difference, signifying the importance of their remaining fixtures.

A tricky trip to Stoke follows their clash with the Baggies, so the home side will be eager to record a vital three points in their final Reebok Stadium outing.

In contrast, opponents West Brom have little to play for in the league, safe from relegation yet not bidding for European qualification, so punters could be deterred from them at 12/5.

However, outgoing manager Roy Hodgson will be keen to leave a lasting impression before taking control of England, and will want victories in his final two games to ensure he bows out of the Hawthorns in the best way possible.

The Baggies too have not lost in their last three, in a run that included a 1-0 triumph at Anfield, so some could support the Midlands outfit to achieve an impressive eighth away win of the campaign.

Meanwhile, 9/4 odds are available about the draw, and this outcome looks like it may be worthy of some investment.

West Brom have drawn four times on their travels this term, whilst the Trotters have played out three stalemates at home, and a cagey affair could be in store as two low-scoring sides meet.

Draws have occurred in four of these teams’ last six encounters too, so it could be wise to get behind another playing out here at 9/4.



John Klee