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P.J. Murray 9th Mar 2012 - 17:41

Late season drama at the Reebok

Never is there a more storied time than the coming to an end of a football season.

The sub-plots surrounding the clash between Bolton and QPR at the Reebok couldn't be scripted.

These sides met on the opening day of the season and Bolton promptly welcomed QPR to the top flight with a 4-0 defeat, placing the Premier League new boys second from bottom. Now it is Bolton who occupy that position.

QPR welcome back Djibril Cisse, the striker who scored on his debut earning QPR a point against Villa, only to be sent off in the next game and cost them three at home to Wolves. His promises of payback to the fans have been widely reported, is he the man to make the difference?

QPR's last win at Bolton came in September 1995, by the end of the season both QPR and Bolton were relegated. Man City were the third team to go down that year. Looking at the statistics this game could easily be compared to two punch drunk fighters deep in the 12th round barely standing, but one must win, someone must survive.

Bolton have taken 10 points off the teams currently occupying the bottom five, this is on a par with Wolves. QPR's run-in is by far the hardest with trips to Stamford Bridge and a final day show down with Man City all still to come.

Personnel has changed for both since that first clash and in the case of the visitors management has changed, but the goals remain the same. The hosts take favouritism at 6/4 while QPR are valued at 2/1 for the three points and the draw is 21/10. Thus demonstrating how little there really is between the sides.

Bolton have lost the most games this season, while QPR have dropped the most points from a winning position. Neither team really knows how to win anymore, although if QPR's game against Everton proves anything it's that they know how to fight.

Kevin Davies could be back for Owen Coyle's men and ever the talisman for The Trotters he is 15/8 to score anytime. He has just over sixty goals in his Bolton career, anything which gains his side points against the R's could be one of the most important.

Bobby Zamora, scored against Villa and many say bottled it against Fulham, but when he headed home last week all was forgiven, should he score against Bolton he could be seen as the signing of the season for the Hoops. He is 6/1 to open the scoring.

There is no denying this will be tight, there will be no replication of the 4-0 thrashing which QPR endured. Under 2.5 goals at 10/11. How dramatic would a last minute goal be, a potential winner perhaps. This game is all set for drama, it's 12/5 for a goal from the 86th minute to full time and 7/1 each for either QPR or Bolton to score after the 76th minute.

Must win is a term bandied about too often, rather than this being a must win game, with only 10 fixtures remaining, it is certainly a must not lose.


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