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Nic Ladds 20th Feb 2010 - 17:04

Big Sam to spring another defeat on Coyle

Blackburn will hope to continue their solid home form in Sunday's lunchtime kick-off as they welcome Bolton to Ewood Park. Blackburn have won three home games on the bounce which has finally seen them move clear of danger, however their opponents sit in the relegation zone and desperately need a win.

After a stuttering start, Blackburn (19/20) look like they have finally secured their safety with some impressive home form. All eyes will be on Sam Allardyce as he plays his former club but all nostalgia will be put on hold as the need for points comes first.

Bolton (3/1) have only scored 12 goals in their 12 away matches this season and they haven't scored in any of their last four matches.

Although Owen Coyle has tried changing the way they play, which is commendable, at the end of the day results are what count and the team are not getting points on the board. Coyle has won just one of his seven league matches since taking charge and it is hard to see them making it two here.

When these two teams play, it's pretty rare the home team wins, with just one in the last seventeen matches for the home side. Considering Bolton have taken just two points from a possible 24 on the road, I think it's about time a home team picks up a win.

Blackburn will be boosted from having a rare clean bill of health, only Christopher Samba will sit out and that is due to a suspension. David Dunn and Vince Grella are both back in training after injuries and should make the bench.

Bolton's top scorer Ivan Klasnic nears return; he is in the squad but is doubtful to start. If he does - you can get 7/1 on him getting the first goal, 2/1 at any time. He is the only worry, long term absentees are still Gary Cahill, Sean Davis and Gavin McCann. Coyle will be boosted if he can name an unchanged side, consistency is vital.

Blackburn's top scorer is David Dunn with 5 goals; if he plays he is 15/2 to get the first or 9/4 anytime. They don't really rely on one man to get their goals though; they are spread right across the team. I would be tempted by the 7/2 on Morten Gamst Pedersen to bag one at any point.

Kevin Davies likes to travel to Blackburn; he has scored in both of his previous visits and looks good at 7/1 to score first or 2/1 anytime.

With both teams struggling to score and Blackburn likeliest to win I think the 14/5 on a Blackburn Win and Under 2.5 Goals looks good.

It will be tough, and it will be scrappy. I can't see much silky football being played but Blackburn thrive off this type of game and I think they will come out on top. It is worrying times for Owen Coyle's Bolton at the moment.

 

 
 
 

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