With home advantage for this Lancashire derby, Bolton have a golden
opportunity to put some real distance between themselves and the drop
Depending on results elsewhere, victory against Preston could put the
Trotters a whole seven points above the drop zone. Due to a greatly
inferior goal difference to Bristol City (sixth), it is not
realistically possible for Preston to move into the playoff zone by the
close of play.
Bolton have taken just a single point from a possible nine from Preston,
since the visitors returned to the second tier in 2015. A win for Bolton
would take them to within one more victory of levelling the all-time
series, which currently stands at: W51, D39, L53.
Preston have been accomplished road warriors of late. They sit fourth in
the away form table over a ten-game period, and are only one of three
teams to have lost just one away game in that same timescale.
Bolton manager Phil Parkinson has praised his charges’ fighting spirit
and battling mentality, saying: “I know it isn’t the prettiest. But when
we’re being asked questions were are coming up with answers, and that’s
the way we’ll get safe.”
Players to watch: Bolton goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has now kept two clean
sheets in a row. He has not had a run of three in a row since November
- He has made an average of 2.21 saves per goal so far.
The last man to score two in a single match for Preston (in April 2017),
Callum Robinson, will be looking to improve on his current tally of four
goals in 29 games.
Stat attack: At least the Bolton boss knows his side are not
particularly entertaining. Each of Bolton’s last eight matches have
produced less than 2.5 goals.
Four of Preston’s last five games have seen both teams score.
After holding Norwich City to a goalless draw at Carrow Road at the
weekend, Bolton will be looking to return to winning ways in the
Championship when they host Preston at their Macron Stadium. The
Trotters have been anything but impressive on the travels this season,
but they are tough to beat at home, which gives fans a reason for
optimism ahead of Saturdays football match. Following three consecutive
draws in the Championship, the Lilywhites suffered a 1-0 loss to Ipswich
Town in their last league fixture and, as a result, they are now three
points behind the play-offs berth in the standings. As previously
mentioned, Bolton have been producing fine performances at their Macron
Stadium this term and seeing that Preston suffered a dip in form, we
predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Saturdays
clash, which should help them move one step closer to securing the
玩法 主队 指数 客队 让分 博尔顿(1.05) 受平/半 普雷斯顿(0.85)