Back another Trotters triumph

Our Football League expert Craig Chisnall makes Bolton the best of his selections this weekend.

Last Updated: 07/03/13 at 08:20 Post Comment

Bolton can keep up their run against Brighton this weekend

Bolton can keep up their run against Brighton this weekend

Our Football League expert Craig Chisnall makes Bolton the pick from his selections this weekend.

No team in the Championship is in better form than Bolton at the moment and that's why I will be backing them for the third game on the trot this weekend.

The Trotters have now won their last four matches, the victories over Barnsley and Blackburn in our favour, and are unbeaten in their last seven.

That revival, long overdue for the Reebok faithful, has seen them surge up the table and they are now just five points off a play-off spot.

There's normally a team or two that makes a late run for the play-offs and that appears to be the Trotters and Nottingham Forest, who have also won four on the spin.

This weekend Wanderers entertain high-flying Brighton and a win will move them to within two points of the sixth-placed Seagulls - I'd back them to do it at 5/4.

Another team I've had joy with recently has been Bristol City - although Brighton did end my good run on them in midweek in their 0-0 draw.

The Robins are at home once again this weekend as they welcome Middlesbrough to Ashton Gate - a team whose form on the road is ruining their play-off challenge.

Boro highlighted their deficiencies on their travels on Tuesday when led 1-0 at Huddersfield with four minutes left only to lose 2-1.

With City a lot more solid since Sean O'Driscoll took the reins from Derek McInnes and in desperate need of the points they are worth backing at 9/5 with BetVictor.

Peterborough and Ipswich are two teams that also need the points at the wrong end of the table and they clash at London Road.

The last time Town went to Posh they were humiliated 7-1 live on television and they will be desperate to make up for that horror show.

They will travel without Lee Martin and Richard Stearman following their red cards in the 1-0 defeat at Forest on Tuesday but under Mick McCarthy they are no longer the soft touch they were earlier in the season.

Posh have breathed new life into their season with four points from the last six having ruined a treble of mine when they won at Blackburn last weekend and drawn with Charlton on Tuesday.

I can't see these two being separated in a low-scoring draw - the 5/2 with Sky Bet looks a great bet.

In League One, I hadn't seen Bournemouth's fall from the top of the table to seventh coming but on the back of four defeats on the trot they now have plenty to do.

I was all set to crown the Cherries champions when they beat Crewe 2-1 last month but they are now seven points behind leaders Doncaster, who they meet this weekend, all of a sudden.

Their defence has started to leak goals and they've had trouble at the other end too despite having players like Matt Tubbs, Brett Pitman, Lewis Grabban and Josh McQuoid in their squad.

But with a full week for Eddie Howe to get their expensively assembled squad refreshed and Rovers losing 3-0 at MK Dons on Tuesday I believe they will get back on track at 11/10.

Staying on the south coast, beleaguered Portsmouth ended their 23-game run without a win at Crewe last weekend and I believe another will follow against Bury.

Pompey and their fans must have wondered where their next win was coming from after last tasting victory way back on October 20.

Their win at Gresty Road must have given them a huge lift, on the pitch at least with their future still far from sorted off it.

Bury will hardly arrive at Fratton Park in good shape too, they are just one place better off in 23rd in the table, so I will be going with Pompey at 6/4 with Stan James and Coral.


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