Stoke City vs Bolton
Date: Tuesday, 2 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke-on-Trent).
Stoke City could not take advantage of the momentum after beating the likes of Swansea City 1-0 at Bet365 Stadium back in mid-September. They took just one point from following two ties even though the opposition came in the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United.
The head coach Gary Rowett wil be desperate to fix the holes in his team’s back line as the Potters have been very easy to break down of late. They shipped as many as eight goals in last three matches in all competitions. It is a thread that includes a 3-2 loss to Nottingham Forest in the League Cup away at The City Ground as well as the hardly-fought 2-2 draw to Rotherham United at AESSEAL New York Stadium. Thomas Ince and Bojan Krkic were Stoke’s saviours on the day as they bagged goals to help the team come back on level term after a two-goal deficit.
Stoke City vs Bolton: Head-to-head
This will be the first official head to head affair in five years between these two sides.
The Potters lead the head to head tie by three wins coming into their 53rd meeting with Bolton.
All of last four head to head outings saw three or more goals scored.
Stoke City vs Bolton: Prediction
Bolton were expected to struggle after joining the Championship from the League One football last year. Nonetheless, they looked more than competitive in recent affairs as the Trotters will come into this Stoke City tie high on confidence off the back of clinching four points from last two league outings.
Bolton Wanderers were especially impressive at the back keeping back-to-back clean sheets against Ipswich Town and Derby County. Craig Noone was the one who made the difference netting the only goal of the game against Frank Lampard’s Derby County at the weekend.
The bookies see Stoke City as massive favourites here, but we think otherwise. The value is definitely with the Trotters who head into the match in much higher spirits. You can have the visitors not to lose at the odds of 2.50 here.
Stoke City vs Bolton: Bet Tips
Bolton or Draw @ 2.50 (6/4)
Stoke City Clean Sheet – NO @ 1.72 (8/11).