On the 29th of December in League 1, England's third-tier division, Bolton will clash with Fleetwood at the "Highbury" stadium. Let's examine the teams' current state and attempt to make a decision that can boost our bankroll.
This team's journey in the English divisions started just over 10 years ago. In the 2009/2010 season, the side made its first appearance in the National League. After two seasons, they climbed to League 2 and a further two seasons later to League 1. For nine seasons now, they've been holding steady at this level. There have been ups and downs, finishing anywhere from 20th to 4th, but they remained in the third division.
Fleetwood Town currently sit 23rd with 18 points earned. In the 18th round, Fleetwood were defeated by Wigan (0:3). They then suffered another (0:3) loss to Northampton. In the following match, they lost their fourth game in a row to Peterborough by the minimal score. After that, they finally managed to break the losing streak, unexpectedly drawing with Portsmouth (1:1). And in the last round, they drew with Carlisle (1:1).
Many will be familiar with this team due to their stint in the Premier League. However, 12 years ago, Bolton fell into a crisis when they were relegated to the Championship. Further misfortune saw them fall to League 1 and even League 2. Ian Evatt took over the reins after these setbacks. Thanks to him, they bounced back from League 2 and are now in their 3rd season in England's third division. Last year, they were on the verge of a Championship promotion, but Barnsley defeated them in the play-off stage (1:2).
The team kicked off the new season rather strongly. In the 18th round, Bolton played a goalless draw with Oxford. Following that, they lost to Portsmouth (0:2). They then lost to Bristol Rovers (1:2) on their home ground. In the next game, they managed a win against Leyton Orient (3:2). And in the last round, they clinched an away victory against Lincoln by the minimal score.
The teams last faced each other on the 15th of August 2023. In that match, Bolton emerged victorious with a score of (3:1).
In this match-up, I propose betting on the visitors to win. There's a considerable difference between the teams this season. Bolton are in fine form and continue to sit among the top three. Fleetwood, on the other hand, finally halted their losing streak and started to draw. However, they remain in the bottom three. Therefore, betting on the visitors to win seems to be the most pragmatic choice.
It's unlikely that the teams will put on a high-scoring show, so I suggest betting on a total under 2.5 goals.