It is fair to say that Bolton have had a rough start to the season. The fact they are even playing in League One can be considered a victory given they were on the brink of liquidation, but there is still plenty of work to be done for them to have a chance at staying up.
They face another side who have had their fair share of turbulence in the shape of Blackpool, and whilst there’s a big gap between them in the table this might be a tighter contest than the market suggests.
Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool
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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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OCT 2016 FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY Bolton 1-0 Blackpool
AUG 2016 EFL CUP Blackpool 4-2 Bolton
APR 2015 CHAMPIONSHIP Bolton 1-1 Blackpool
NOV 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Blackpool 1-1 Bolton
MAR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP Bolton 1-0 Blackpool
JAN 2014 FA CUP Bolton 2-1 Blackpool
OCT 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Blackpool 0-0 Bolton
MAY 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP Bolton 2-2 Blackpool
NOV 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP Blackpool 2-2 Bolton
MAY 2011 PREMIER LEAGUE Blackpool 4-3 Bolton
NOV 2010 PREMIER LEAGUE Bolton 2-2 Blackpool
Bolton will do well to stay up – the Wanderers were docked 12 points for entering administration at the start of the campaign and Bolton have managed just three draws from their opening nine games – but those stats could be misleading. The results of their first five games can be written off, as they were playing mainly U23 squad members then.
Since then, they have improved markedly, with draws against Oxford (ninth) and Sunderland (sixth) at home followed by a 1-0 defeat against Portsmouth on the road when they had respectable stats from the game. Blackpool are sixth in the table and unbeaten in three league games but their away record suggests they can be taken on – they’ve drawn three of their six away games at Gillingham, Rochdale and Accrington. They all sit 15th, 19th and 18th respectively, so on the table Bolton shouldn’t have anything to fear, and the 13/5 for a draw makes much more appeal than the 4/6 on the visitors.
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