Bolton Wanderers are set to host Ipswich Town in a bottom-of-the-table clash at the University of Bolton Stadium in the English Championship on Saturday.
After rumors of a postponement due to non-paying of salaries for the non-playing staff, the match has now been given the go-ahead. Bolton is currently 23rd in the table with 32 points. Phil Parkinson’s side trail 22nd-placed Rotherham by four points and 21st-placed Millwall by five points. Thus, the Wanderers still harbor a slim chance of escaping relegation this season.
They need to pick up maximum points in the remaining seven games and hope other results go their way. On the other hand, only the most optimistic of believers will hope Ipswich stay up this season. The Blues currently occupy the last spot in the table with just 24 points from 39 games.
Paul Lambert’s side is eight points behind Bolton and a whopping thirteen points from safety. While there is always a chance as long as it is mathematically possible, the odds are stacked against Ipswich Town.
Coming to team news, Bolton is once again expected to miss defender Marc Wilson and winger Yanic Wildschut. Barring them, Parkinson has the rest of his team fit to choose from.
For Ipswich, Jon Nolan and Matthew Pennington are a doubt for the game along with Ellis Harrison, who missed training. The positive news comes in the form of Will Keane, Teddy Bishop, and James Collins, with all three taking part in practice. Lambert confirmed in his press conference that a decision regarding their participation would be made on Friday.
English Championship Bolton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town Betting Tips and Preview:
The form table favors Bolton over Ipswich at the moment. The hosts have won two and lost three out of their last five while the Blues have failed to win any of their previous five games. Neither side has kept a clean sheet in those games, indicating this match could turn out to be an open one.
In terms of head-to-head, it is Lambert’s side who hold the edge. The bottom-placed team is undefeated against Bolton in their last 11 meetings across all competitions. Further, they have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games against the Wanderers in all competitions.
In fact, the reverse fixture between the two ended in a 0-0 draw. Thus, there is nothing much between the two sides heading into the tie. Bolton definitely has the better form and more to play for in terms of survival. Meanwhile, Ipswich Town boasts the better head-to-head record and could play without pressure with nothing much to play for.
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