Premier League betting – Spurs vs Bolton
Spurs vs Bolton betting preview
Bolton Wanderers: League Position: 11th, League Form: DDWDL
Owen Coyle’s Bolton side face another hard task this week as they welcome fifth place Tottenham to the Reebok. Having lost narrowly to Liverpool at home on Sunday, Bolton have only one victory at home so far this season, but haven’t lost to Tottenham on their own soil since March 1996.
With only 6 goals from their five games at the Reebok this season, the same problems that arose against Liverpool last week may surface. Whilst looking solid at the back, they lacked a spark up front and will struggle to hold off most high quality sides.
Kevin Davies will test the resolve and fitness of second choice centre backs Kaboul and Gallas, and if Coyle can find the balance between Bolton of old and his Bolton then his side may stretch a side that played midweek.
Tottenham Hotspurs: League Position: 5th. League Form: LWWDL
It’s hard to escape Tottenham on the tellybox lately. Aside from their outstanding success against Inter midweek, Harry Redknapp hid behind ludicrous refereeing decisions and Old Trafford when really his side didn’t look good enough to snatch a point as the game wore on.
However, they have shown this season that they’re capable of taking away points at these kind of grounds. Tough sides like Fulham and Stoke have been dispatched of on the road, and they handled the rough treatment at Wolves to walk away with a point.
Much depends on how the manager shuffles his squad. The mercurial Van Der Vaart was withdrawn at half time on Tuesday night, whilst new Spurs hero Gareth Bale could be rested. Bale won’t be given the time and space like he found against Inter and Maicon, and has been easily handled in the Premier League by both Rafael and Phil Neville in recent weeks.
Match Prediction: Tottenham Win – Best odds 2.5 with Bet Fred – New customers get £50 free
The trick for Bolton is learning from their mistakes after the Liverpool game. It may have taken 86 for the scousers to score, but one goal was always likely to be enough for the visitors considering the way Bolton played.
Whilst Liverpool were a side looking to gain some fluency, Spurs are in full flight after destroying European Champions Inter Milan. The only respite for Owen Coyle’s side is that they’ve had 6 days recuperation time.
Bolton have scored just over a goal a game at home (6 from 5) and Tottenham are getting a goal a game away from home, which shows neither side is smashing goals in from every angle. When it comes to stopping Tottenham, improving Gary Cahill and stalwart keeper Jaaskelainen will need to be on the top of their games.
As ever, Spurs have pace on the wings. They have the skill to better Bolton’s new passing game, and the experience to stop the direct stuff. Then the counter with the superb Bale and overshadowed Lennon could be all important.
Over/Under: Under 2.5 Goals – 1.85 Bet 365
First Goalscorer: Aaron Lennon – 21.00 Coral
Correct Score: 2-0 Tottenham Win – 12.00 William Hill
Bolton Wanderers – 3.1 Victor Chandler
Draw – 3.4 SkyBet, Victor Chandler
Tottenham Hotspurs – 2.5 Stan James
By Chris Wilkerson
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