Bolton Wanderer’s 2015/16 was a complete disaster, the side finishing nine points adrift at the foot of the Championship with a mere five wins and 26 defeats throughout the campaign. They are making a better job of things this season however and look well placed to make an immediate return to the second-tier of the English game.
Wanderers have been in the top two for much of the season courtesy of an excellent campaign which has seen them win their last four League One outings and they will be confident of making it five on the bounce when they make the journey to Shrewsbury’s New Meadow Stadium this afternoon.
Do we fancy their chances? Indeed we do. Bolton have performed well under Phil Parkinson since his appointment as manager in June 2016 and they embarked upon a seven-game unbeaten league run at the start of the season. They have proven extremely difficult to break down both at home and away and we don’t envisage them having too many problems when they go head-to-head with struggling Shrewsbury.
The Shrews are a mere two points above the relegation zone as things stand and they really have been a mixed bag since the start of the campaign. They have been pretty solid at the New Meadow of late but their overall form makes us extremely wary of backing them to get anything from this clash with high-flying Wanderers.
Shrewsbury have bene banging in the goals with regularity at home recently and we see no reason to believe that this will come to an end this afternoon, however Bolton have the scent of automatic promotion in their nostrils and we believe that they will take a step back towards the Championship by returning from the New Meadow with three points for their efforts.