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Nic Ladds 28th Feb 2009 - 16:17

Taylor can help Bolton wander up the table

Chris Hughton and Gary Megson will see this as a match that they both dare not lose for fear of being sucked further into relegation trouble and could this signal a draw at odds of 11/5?

Bolton sit two points above Newcastle in the Premier League but both are still hanging precariously above the relegation zone and win for either side would give them a little breathing space.

Things are looking rosier for even money shots Bolton at the moment as they have won their last two home games and have far less injury worries than the Toon Army.

Newcastle may seem big to some at 3/1 in the betting but their dismal away form can explain this.

They have won away twice all season to Portsmouth and West Brom, the latter of which was their first victory in ten games.

Michael Owen is added to the casualty list along with seven others which leaves striking responsibilities to Obafemi Martins who is 7/1 in the betting to open the scoring with Mark Viduka 8/1 and Shola Ameobi 9/1.

Damien Duff seemed to stage a mini revival of from a few weeks ago and managed to bag a couple of goals from midfield and wouldn't be the worst bet at 7/2 to score anytime.

For Bolton, Kevin Davies seems to have found his scoring-boots recently and will have his backers at odds of 13/2 to score the first goal with the returning Johan Elmander favourite at 6/1 in the betting.

Matthew Taylor could be worth a wager to score anytime as he pops up with his fair share from long range and set-pieces and could well have Newcastle goalkeepers' Steve Harpers' hands stinging by the end of the day.

Taylor can be backed at odds of 9/1 for first goal or 10/3 to score anytime.

While both sides have questionable defences at times, neither is renowned for their striking prowess at the moment and this could be a very tight game with both managers knowing a loss could hit them hard.

As a result some may like under two match goals at 11/5 with over two at 10/11. Since both sides will no doubt battle hard to the end we could see some late action so a draw at half time/Bolton full time at 7/2 could be a decent bet with draw/Newcastle 7/1 and draw/draw 9/2.

This looks like it will be low scoring with a narrow Bolton victory looking the most feasible due to Newcastle's difficulty in getting results away from home.

The Trotters to snatch a 1-0 victory can be backed at odds of 11/2 with 2-0 and 2-1 both 7/1.

A 0-0 draw is 17/2 with 1-1 short at odds of 11/2. Attractive odds area available however if you fancy Newcastle to get a result with 1-0 at 8/1, 2-1 12/1 or if you think it will be goal-fest a score line like 3-2 to the Toon Army at 33/1 may take your fancy.

You get the feeling it will be a scrappy, hard fought game which could actually go a long way to deciding the fate of both of these sides.

It looks like it will be the home side who come out on top though if anyone does and spare a though for poor Joe Kinnear who can only watch from his bed as Newcastle's season continues to unravel.

Recommendation:
Matthew Taylor to score anytime - 10/3
Draw half time/Bolton full time - 7/2

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