Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City (Wednesday 22nd August, 8pm kick off) - Betting Preview

Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers have surprised the bookies with a superb start to a season that has included wins in both of their opening away games, as well as a very respectable draw at home to Bristol City.

With form like that, the visit of Birmingham City on Wednesday represents the ideal opportunity for Wanderers to build on their great start and hit the double-figures mark with a victory.

And there’s no reason why they shouldn’t get their first win at the Macron Stadium here. Birmingham have started the season in wretched form, with just two goals to their name in their opening three games, and they were in their first game of the season. Garry Monk’s men have drawn two blanks since then, including a poor display of finishing in a 0-0 draw against Swansea City last Friday. The Blues are feeling blue.

With that in mind, you would be a fool not to back Bolton for the home win at a huge 21/10 with Ladbrokes. Is there something the bookies know? Surely not. This is a great chance to boost the odds on your midweek accas.

There won’t be many goals in this one, mind you. Despite Bolton’s quick start to the season on the goals front, you would be forgiven for thinking this is something of an anomaly, as Wanderers were the second-lowest scorers in the Championship last season, with a measly 39 goals in 46 league games. With Birmingham’s struggles in front of goal considered too, it’s fair to say that under 2.5 goals is a shoe in at 8/15 with William Hill.

Josh Magennis is good old-fashioned British football centre-forward, and he marked his Wanderers debut against West Brom with a goal, and I reckon he’s a pretty good shout to on the score sheet against a pretty wobbly Blues defence at 21/10. If you think Birmingham have goals in them, then Lukas Jutkiewitz will probably get the nod up front, and can be picked up at around 12/5.

But in the words of Who Wants to be a Millionaire’s Chris Tarrant: “We don’t wanna give you that!”. Much better value is in the win and under 2.5 double at a lovely 21/5 with Coral.

Championship Treble: £10 on Bristol City, Rotherham and Blackburn returns a juicy £127 with Paddy Power.

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