Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium is a tough task for any side & Bolton need one more win to be safe so this looks set to be a tough, physically demanding & fully committed battle and indeed a close one to call.
Stoke City are safe again which is another fantastic achievement but Tony Pulis wants to finish the season strongly & earn a top 10 finish so he will certainly have Stoke City players up for this & the Stoke City fans will have the Britannia Stadium rocking as well.
7 points from their last 3 matches shows Stoke City are in good, confident form & their 2-0 win in their last home win showed how strong they are at home so we are expecting another motivated, committed performance from Stoke City & they will certainly believe they can win this.
The negative for Tony Pulis is that several of his key players have injuries & whether they make the game or not will have a big impact on the result and so it might well end up being a case of protecting what you have with Stoke City & avoiding defeat could well be the first, more realist target.
Bolton need 1 more win to just about guarantee their Premier League status so clearly the pressure is on Owen Coyle & his players to get results & particularly in this one as they will view this as an opportunity to get something although winning will be tough.
Bolton showed great character & a fair level of ability to compete very well against Chelsea in midweek & were unfortunate in many ways not to get a result so they know they have what is required to go to Stoke City & get a positive result if they play to their best.
A key feature of this match is likely to be the physical element of both sides as both Stoke City & Bolton carry their main goalscoring threat from set-pieces & a big importance will be placed on defensive organisation & strength in this one.
This is another match were the result is everything & the styles of both Stoke City & Bolton suggest this will prove to be a tough, competitive & indeed physical battle which can go either way but a low scoring draw looks the most tempting, best value option & indeed looks a bet worth taking here.
Outright Match Result: DRAW
Correct Score options: 0-0/1-1
First Goalscorer each way/Player to score anytime: Davies/Taylor/Elmander
Double Result: BOLTON H/T & F/T