Bolton Wanderers vs Preston North End
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 9th February 2019
Kick-off at 15.00 UK/ 16.00 CET
Venue: Macron Stadium (Bolton).
The Trotters are the worst of the lot when it comes to the number of goals scored. They remain the only team in the Championship, which is yet to touch the 20-goal mark. On top of that, only Rotherham and Ipswich have conceded more goals than the team.
Despite the home advantage the team enjoys for this tie, the fans won’t be overjoyed. Their players also hold the tag of being the weakest team at home this season. Once again they are the only squad yet to touch an important check-point in terms of goals scored. Every other group has recorded more than ten goals in front of their home-crowd (14 or more to be precise).
The Lilywhites, notwithstanding their 18th position in league standings, just three spots above relegation, are just ten points away from a place in the playoffs, as of now. The team has got an opportunity to make a leap towards the top-tier, and in all probability, expect them to gun for that.
Bolton vs Preston Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Wanderers are winless against this opponent since 2000.
- Alex Neil’s men scored two or more goals in their last two ties.
- At the Macron Stadium, the visitors have avoided a loss for the last two decades.
- Two of the last three games at this venue saw the team from Lancashire scoring two or more goals.
Bolton vs Preston Prediction
If the Lilywhites want to act on their objective to get themselves placed in the top tier, they have got the perfect opening for it. They are lining up against the worst team in the competition, and the absolute worst group at home.
Phil Parkinson’s men were winless in 25 of their last 28 games, and nine of the last eleven at home. They have also conceded two or more goals in five of their last six ties. North End, meanwhile are unbeaten in their last four games in a row, and won their last two on the road, while scoring six in the process.
And most importantly, Alex Neil’s men have never lost an h2h tie in the last 20 years, be it at home or on the road.
Presumably, expect the guests to find a goal in the first half itself, and at least two by the final whistle.
Bolton vs Preston Betting Tips
Over 0.5 First Half Goals @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Preston @ 2.20 (6/5).