The magic of the cup! League One Bolton welcome Premier League Crystal Palace to the Macron on Saturday afternoon.
Bolton Wanderers are going well in League One and currently sit second in the division, having lost just two of their last ten games. They were however held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Coventry City last time out, and Trotters manager Phil Parkinson will keen to see his side produce a better performance against opposition from two divisions higher.
In comparison to their opponents this weekend, Crystal Palace are struggling. They’re hovering just above the relegation zone following their 2-1 defeat to Stoke on Tuesday night, a game which meant new Eagles boss Sam Allardyce has yet to win in hist first three games at the club. A cup tie against lower league opponents could be exactly what Big Sam needs to get a win on the board.
Bolton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace Betting TipsBolton will be right up for this one in front of their own fans, but Big Sam desperately wants his first win as Palace manager. This is an ideal opportunity for the Eagles to show what they're capable of.
Win - Crystal Palace - EVENS
It won't be easy for Palace, but they'll be grateful for a break from the Premier League. A trip to League One opposition should give them an opportunity to get a win on the board.
Win - Crystal Palace - EVENSBet Now
Crystal Palace to score 2+ - 11/10
Although Palace will be without Wilfried Zaha who provides a lot of creative spark in the Eagles midfield, we still think Palace will have enough even with their fringe players, to bag at least two goals. It's a generous 11/10 with Coral.
Crystal Palace to score 2+ - 11/10Bet Now
Bolton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace Head To HeadThe last meeting between these two happened in 2013, and the spoils were shared in a goalless draw that day. However, Bolton have won four of the last five meetings.
|19/1/2013||Crystal Palace v Bolton||0-0||Championship|
|29/9/2012||Bolton v Crystal Palace||0-1||Championship|
|5/2/2005||Crystal Palace v Bolton||0-1||Premier League|
|16/10/2004||Bolton v Crystal Palace||1-0||Premier League|
|16/4/2001||Crystal Palace v Bolton||0-2||Division One|
Bolton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace Team NewsBolton will once again be missing Mark Howard, Darren Pratley and Mark Davies who are all out through injury.
Crystal Palace will be without winger Wilfried Zaha for this one as the former England international has switched allegiances and will represent the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations. Bakary Sako will also be absent as he represents Mali at AFCON. Connor Wickham, Pape Souare, and Steve Mandanda all remain sidelined through injury.