Bolt-on bet in the Championship

Craig Chisnall fancies Bolton to beat Millwall on Saturday while in League One he's siding with Eddie Howe's Bournemouth.

Last Updated: 12/01/13 at 07:16 Post Comment

Bolton can bag another home win in the Championship

Bolton can bag another home win in the Championship

It's been a woeful time to be a Wolves fan this season but I believe they will get Dean Saunders' reign off to a dream start against fellow under-achievers Blackburn in this weekend's Championship opener.

Stale Solbakken's calamitous six-month reign at Molineux came to an end after their embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Blue Square Bet Premier Luton last Saturday and former Wales striker Saunders has been charged with masterminding their revival.

The bubbly ex-Liverpool hitman could hardly be more different to Solbakken in his approach and that will surely lift a Wolves squad crammed with far more quality than they've shown so far this term.

Solbakken's methods obviously didn't go down well in the Midlands with Wolves languishing way off the promotion pace in 18th place yet they are just nine points off the play-offs.

Blackburn haven't had it much better and have had their own Norwegian managerial disaster in Henning Berg so this is a great chance for Wolves to get their season started.

They beat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Sky just before Christmas and at 6/4 across the board I will be backing them to come out on top on Friday.

The third team relegated from the Premier League last season, Bolton, have also found life in the second tier more difficult than they would have imagined.

They've followed suit in changing their manager but since Dougie Freedman replaced Owen Coyle in the hotseat they've yet to really push on.

But like both Wolves and Blackburn they have simply too much quality not to improve in the closing months of the season.

They've also saved their best form for their own patch while this weekend's opponents Millwall - a real surprise package in seventh - haven't travelled too well.

At 11/10 across the board get on the Trotters to rack up a seventh home win and gain ground on the top half.

Three of the top four - Cardiff, Hull and Middlesbrough - are at home this weekend and I'd back them all to come out on top in a treble.

Leaders Cardiff, who have taken 36 points from 39 at home, entertain Ipswich while Steve Bruce's Hull host Sheffield Wednesday and both are unsurprisingly odds-on against the strugglers.

It is Boro who provide the best value in this trio at 11/10 as they welcome sixth-placed Watford to the Riverside where they have already won ten games this season.

In League One I'm going back to Bournemouth yet again in the game of the day as they welcome in-form Swindon to Dean Court.

The Cherries remain unbeaten under Eddie Howe and have already risen to the cusp of the play-offs - and should they win this one they will go level on points with Paolo Di Canio's men.

Town do travel south on the back of four wins, scoring 16 goals without reply in that run and are right back in the mix for a second automatic promotion.

But at 6/4 with BetVictor on the home win I will be investing in another home win for Howe's side.

Another team in great form are leaders Tranmere, who are showing no signs of letting their great season slip.

I thought the 5-0 defeat at Swindon in their last game before Christmas would see them come off the rails but they've responded magnificently with wins over Crewe, Scunthorpe and Bury.

Their challenge has been built on the back of a rock-solid set-up, particularly at Prenton Park where they entertain Crawley, and at 5/4 with BetVictor I'd back them to make it four wins on the spin.

My outside bet of the weekend favours Scunthorpe to edge their relegation six-pointer at Colchester.

The Iron head to Essex without a win in any of their last four matches but that's great form compared to the U's, who have now lost a club-equalling eight games on the trot.

Four of Scunny's five wins have come on the road and having boosted their ranks this week with striker Akpo Sodje they are well worth investing in at 23/10 with William Hill.


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