Bolton vs Norwich by Luke
Bolton surprised a bit last time out, especially in attack as the side looked pretty efficient in comparison to the chances created, manaing to pull out a 3:3 draw on the road against Sunderland last Tuesday evening. Even though it's a positive result for them, must be said it was a point earned against very unreliable and out of form club as well.
Hosts had much more of the ball possession and created more, however stood behind in the scoreline as Bolton took the lead in 32nd via Ameobi, but the hosts replied with goal from Grabban in 45th minute. Same player brought them into the lead in 57th minute, but the guests had great phase when they managed to take the lead via Madine in 60th and Henry in 67th minute - still, hosts deservedly reached the equalizer in 79th minute with a goal from McNair. Bolton is now undefeated in last four matches (one victory and three consecutive draws), but still at the rock bottom position with only eight points earned so far.
Madine should lead the attack of the home team alone at the top in 4-2-3-1 formation, together with Armstrong, Vela and Ameobi as offensive midfielders. Defensive midfielder Jem Karacan (10/0) and left back Andrew Taylor (10/0) are both doubtful, but could recover on time, similar to defender Reece Burke (9/0) and forward Aaron Wilbraham (7/0). Coach Parkinson could name unchanged starting lineup for the third consecutive game.
Norwich, on the other side, didn't impress at all in last Championship match played on Tuesday evening as the side welcomed Wolves and stood defeated with a 0:2 result. They had a bit more of the ball possession, but weren't that creative in the midfield and didn't have usual number of concrete chances created.
Instead of them, players of Wolves looked solid in attack, taking the lead in eighteenth minute via Boly and sealing the victory twenty minutes before the full time whistle via Bonatini, as the players of Norwich completely failed to do something more meaningful on the field and respond back. They are now at ninth position for the moment, having just a point less than play-off placed Leeds and surely aim a three pointer against a rock bottom placed side.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, with Jerome as central striker, but also with Watkins, Maddison and Murphy as offensive midfielders. Forward Nelson Oliveira (10/5) is injured, same as long term absentees offensive midfielder Alex Pritchard and central midfielder Louis Thompson, both without performing so far in the season). Midfielder Alexander Tettey (6/0) shouldn't be risked here following calf injury.
Bolton is undefeated in last four, but I didn't see much of improvement in their performances. Having that in mind, I can't rate them as equal to Norwich, side that is close to the play-off battle and surely wants desperately to get back on the winning track after two consecutive defeats. Norwich is with four consecutive victories on the road and obviously playing better with less pressure from their fans - I definitely see their chances being well above current odds.