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Bournemouth can all-but secure promotion by beating Bolton

| 27.04.2015

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has worked wonders for the club he started out as a player, having guided them all the way from League Two to the brink of the Premier League across two spells as manager.

His side are now in second place in the Championship with two matches to go and with a game in hand, so victory against Bolton Wanderers on Monday night will all-but secure them promotion (heavily odds-on at 1/20 to do so), due to their superior goal-difference.

The two sides go into this game in differing form too, with Bournemouth (odds-on 3/10 favourites) unbeaten in their last 11 in the league, while the Trotters (10/1) have just one win in their previous seven.

Howe’s men can also take heart from the fact that they have already defeated Bolton this term, in the reverse fixture, 2-1, so are tempting 17/2 shouts for victory by that scoreline once more on what will be a nervy occasion.

Prolific striker Callum Wilson bragged a brace that day, and the England Under-21 star, who has 22 goals in all competitions this term, is odds-on at 4/5 to net anytime, or 7/2 for two or more again.

Neil Lennon’s side, meanwhile, have nothing to play for this season anymore, as they are down in 18th but are safe from the drop.

They can gain two places with a win here, though, and the Northern Irishman will be hoping to rely on his veteran attackers Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen, who have both reportedly been offered new contracts. You can back them 6/1 and 11/2 respectively in the anytime market.

But Adam le Fondre is the main man up front for the Trotters, having hit in 11 Championship goals so far this season, and he is still a tempting 5/1 shout.

After already seeing rivals Watford gain promotion to the promised land at the weekend, Bournemouth and Howe will be desperate to join them, and they will not want to leave it to the final day when they travel to Charlton Athletic.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.