Chances may be at a premium at the Macron Stadium
Bolton Wanderers had been on a roll prior to Tuesday’s 4-2 defeat at Rotherham with just one defeat in 13 matches but there’s a chance that Wolves are playing Neil Lennon’s team at just the right time.
The Lancashire side are gearing up towards an FA Cup replay with Liverpool next week and Lennon will probably make changes to his starting line-up again having rested players at the New York Stadium.
Emile Heskey has picked up a knock and is likely to miss out while 90 minutes is proving a stretch for fellow veteran Eider Gudjohnsen but Jay Spearing and Liam Trotter could start and striker Adam Le Fondre is available having signed on a loan deal from Cardiff. Lennon has also brought in teenager Rochinha from Benfica.
Kenny Jackett’s team won’t be fearing a trip to the Macron Stadium, however. They haven’t lost a Championship game since the beginning of December and won the reverse fixture with Bolton thanks to a goal from Nouha Dicko.
The draw with Charlton at Molineux last weekend was a disappointment but it was another clean sheet for Carl Ikeme and his defence – their 13th of the season – and the Wolves back four will be tough to break down again as Bolton aren’t normally the most prolific in front of goal.
That said, the goals haven’t been exactly flowing from Wolves lately as the manager tries to find a way to incorporate Benik Afobe.
The continued absence of Mali international Bakary Sako isn’t helping matters either, though he is at least largely out of reach of potential Premier League suitors in Equitorial Guinea.
This game looks to have a draw (11/5) written all over it as Wolves will keep it tight as usual away from home and Bolton will be looking for a positive result ahead of their big game with Liverpool.
A 0-0 correct score would be a surprise to nobody and can be backed at 29/4.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 31st at the Macron Stadium.