Bolton v West Brom Championship betting preview and tips

21:00 Mon 21 Jan
Football
England
Championship
Tip: 2
Units: 1/5
Odds: -139

West Brom are three points off the automatic places in the Championship and this is now the time to be winning matches if the Baggies are to secure a return to the Premier League without needing to go up through the play-offs.

Darren Moore has done a respectable job at The Hawthorns and Albion are the top scorers in the division, with fifty-five goals racked up in twenty-seven matches and it’s likely that they’ll continue their two-goal average at the Macron Stadium.

West Brom have been solid away from home recently, claiming four victories on the road at Ipswich, Swansea, Sheffield United and Rotherham. They then came a cropper at Blackburn although the odds defeat on the road is hardly a surprise.

Unsurprisingly, Dwight Gayle has been scoring plenty of goals since making the move from Newcastle on loan, with the forward on fourteen goals for the campaign and he might enjoy himself against a Bolton side who are struggling against relegation again.

Wanderers sit 23rd in the Championship table, with just twenty-two points on the board and it’s been an issue finding the net which means Phil Parkinson’s side are averaging less than a goal per game.

Bolton have lost seven home matches already this season, with just three goals scored in their previous eight home games and we can’t read too much into a 5-2 thrashing of Walsall in the FA Cup which saw the home side take the shackles off.

It will be back to a defensive shape in this clash, with Wanderers having off-field issues which recently saw Christian Doidge return to Forest Green after failing to agree terms and there’s a lot of reliance on Josh Magennis who did bag a hat-trick against the Saddlers.

We’re going to keep our bet simple and wager on West Brom to win this match, with the Midlands side largely superior player for player.

BETTING TIP
West Brom to win @ 1.72 with bet365

Team News

Bolton: 4-5-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
West Brom: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Ben Alnwick
  • 03
    Andrew Taylor
  • 05
    Mark Beevers
  • 14
    Jack Hobbs
  • 16
    Pawel Olkowski
  • 12
    Craig Noone
  • 19
    Gary O'Neil
  • 04
    Jason Lowe
  • 15
    Luke Murphy
  • 10
    Sammy Ameobi
  • 08
    Clayton Donaldson
  • 01
    Sam Johnstone
  • 68
    Mason Holgate
  • 25
    Craig Dawson
  • 26
    Ahmed Hegazy
  • 03
    Kieran Gibbs
  • 34
    Rekeem Harper
  • 18
    Gareth Barry
  • 11
    Chris Brunt
  • 04
    Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 19
    Jay Rodriguez
  • 16
    Dwight Gayle

Championship

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 42 25 11 6 85:51 86
2 Sheffield Unite 42 23 10 9 69:39 79
3 Leeds 42 23 9 10 65:40 78
4 West Bromwich A 42 21 10 11 80:55 73
5 Aston Villa 42 18 15 9 77:58 69
6 Bristol City 41 18 11 12 55:46 65
7 Middlesbrough 42 17 13 12 44:36 64
8 Derby 41 17 12 12 59:50 63
9 Hull 42 17 9 16 61:59 60
10 Sheffield Wedne 42 15 15 12 52:54 60
11 Nottingham Fore 42 14 15 13 56:52 57
12 Preston 42 15 12 15 60:59 57
13 Swansea 41 16 8 17 55:54 56
14 Birmingham 42 13 16 13 58:54 55
15 Brentford 42 14 12 16 66:58 54
16 Blackburn 42 14 11 17 57:64 53
17 Stoke 42 11 19 12 41:47 52
18 Queens Park Ran 42 13 9 20 50:65 48
19 Reading 42 10 14 18 47:63 44
20 Millwall 41 10 13 18 44:56 43
21 Wigan 42 10 12 20 45:62 42
22 Rotherham 42 8 16 18 46:72 40
23 Bolton 42 8 8 26 29:72 32
24 Ipswich 42 4 16 22 32:67 28