Both Bolton and Stoke face-off at Wembley confident of reappearing there in May for the FA Cup Final but it’s the Trotters, at 6/4 with Paddy Power, that should have the upper hand. Owen Coyle’s side are in decent shape having lost just twice in their last nine outings in all competitions and as one of those defeats came at Old Trafford, where only West Brom have taken points from Manchester United this season, their form is relatively strong.
Nevertheless, Tony Pulis’ Stoke are never a team that lies down and it’s rare that they are beaten easily so a close encounter would appear inevitable. It could therefore be worth taking a chance on Bolton shading it by a one-goal margin (3/1, Paddy Power) or alternatively, Betfred rate Coyle’s troops at 8/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
In terms of goals, Bolton have managed to keep just one clean sheet in six while one in seven is Stoke’s shutout record so William Hill’s 10/11 for both teams to get on the scoresheet is perhaps a touch generous, although it’s harder to start picking goal scorers in the absence of cup-tied Bolton striker Daniel Sturridge.
Bolton to beat Stoke by a one-goal margin – 3/1 (Paddy Power)