Free tips League One: Bolton v Scunthorpe prediction (3pm, Saturday)
BOLTON v SCUNTHORPE PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS & MATCH PREVIEW
Saturday 31st December, 3pm, Macron Stadium
It’s a top-of-the-table clash at the Macron Stadium as third-placed Bolton host league leaders Scunthorpe United, with the hosts knowing that a win could take them top of League One.
The pair have faced every other team in the division except each other and they haven’t met in a competitive match in over 15 years – Dean Holdsworth netting a hat-trick as Wanderers thrashed the Iron 5-1 in an FA Cup third round tie in January 2001.
Phil Parkinson’s Bolton would leapfrog Scunthorpe for the first time since August with a victory having trailed them by twelve points earlier in the campaign – sparked by notching up ten victories in eleven league outings between October and December, while they’ve won eleven of their last thirteen overall.
United’s recent league form has been patchier as they’ve won only two of their last six games.
- Bolton – 6/5 – Stan James, William Hill
- Draw – 12/5 – various
- Scunthorpe – 11/4 – Matchbook
Anytime goalscorer Odds
Zach Clough – 21/10 – Paddy Power – Bolton’s top scorer this season with four goals despite injury limiting him to just eleven appearances
Gary Madine – 11/5 – bet365 – Wanderers main striker and focal point, has only found the net three times this campaign but is a constant threat
Jamie Proctor – 12/5 – various – only one goal so far this season but a regular in Bolton’s attacking line-up
Paddy Madden – 12/5 – bet365, NetBet – has found the back of the net seven times this season for Scunny, including a duo in the recent home win over Millwall
Josh Morris – 3/1 – bet365, NetBet – only Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp (16) has scored more goals this campaign than Morris (14), despite the Scunthorpe man playing in midfield – this bet seems tempting.
BOLTON v SCUNTHORPE BETTING TIPS
Under 1.5 goals – 2/1 – various – these sides have two of the three best defensive records in League One, and both will be looking to avoid defeat first and foremost.
Josh Morris to score anytime for Scunthorpe 3/1 – Bet365, Net Bet – the league’s second top goalscorer and a constant threat from the middle of the park, longer odds than strikers struggling to score in this one.
Bolton are favourites despite Scunny being top – the hosts have better recent form and home advantage, although a draw (12/5) would not be surprising. These games typically produce few goals and no set of strikers has been on fire this season.