Match Preview – Bolton v Newcastle United

Monday 26 December 2011 3pm

We have to say again, surely this is a perfect opportunity to get back on track, some would say an absolute necessity with matches against Liverpool and Manchester United following this encounter.

The fixture list seems to make the timing of this fixture an almost permanent arrangement in recent times, a big away following (4,000 sell-out this time) travelling in the festive period to watch against a mediocre club/team should have made this happy faces all round. Unfortunately, it has been anything but the case.

The startling statistic you can’t ignore though is that Bolton have lost seven of their eight home matches, if that isn’t relegation form then I don’t know what is.

Their other home match saw a 5-0 win against Stoke, strange but maybe not that bizarre considering the Potters’ away form. Midweek saw Bolton overcome Blackburn in a desperate relegation six pointer but I’d be amazed if they aren’t playing each other in the Championship shortly.

This is really a match that only Newcastle can lose, rather than Bolton win.

Cabaye returning alongside Tiote will surely be the platform for victory, just so long as we avoid shooting ourselves in the foot.

It needs the wingers to be on their toes and whoever supports Ba to do their bit, my preference by a mile would be Ben Arfa but even a hard working Best should be enough against these.

A losing run only becomes a crisis if the players don’t respond and up their game, we’ll easily  have enough quality on the pitch with only Steven Taylor missing out of our best six or seven players.

No excuses.

In conjunction with our betting partner BET365 we recommend Newcastle to win to nil at 9-2, plenty pressure is sure to lead to a possibility of a penalty so we are going for 7-1 that United score one, then even if he doesn’t start we fancy Ben Arfa to be scoring the last goal of the match at 17-2.