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English Premier League Predictions: Bolton vs. Chelsea Football Club

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Jack is back with another great game on the English Premier League schedule. Sunday morning will provide us with another big time duel at Reebok Stadium, and we’re set to make our Bolton Wanderers vs. Chelsea FC picks!

Bolton knows that it has a big time problem in this fixture, going against one of the best teams on the English Premier League table. Stuart Holden is going to be out for the mass majority of the rest of the season with his knee injury, which takes one of the best players on this squad out of the lineup.

This is terrible news for the team that sits at the bottom of the table and legitimately faces the prospect of relegation. Bolton only has a 1-0-5 record this year and has played some absolutely pitiful defense on the campaign. The Wanderers have allowed 16 goals, easily the most in the league, and that’s saying something considering the fact that Arsenal allowed eight goals against Manchester United.

What’s rough is how well this season truly started. Bolton dropped the new boys in the EPL, Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Loftus Road. After that though, it was all downhill from there. The brutal loss came against those pesky Red Devils at Reebok Stadium with a 5-0 loss.

What we do have to remember is that this schedule has been intense to say the least. Bolton has lost to Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal. Of course, we aren’t so sure about that 2-1 home loss against Norwich City… but that’s a different story…

And then there are the Blues, who are truthfully probably a tad disappointed with just four wins in six matches this year. However, what we have to remember is that this team is head and shoulders above the mass majority of the rest of the EPL. Scoring 12 goals in six fixtures is outstanding.

The problems that Chelsea have right now though, are plentiful. We’ll start with the problems on the road. One of those road fixtures came during the middle of the week against Valencia in the Champions League. Now, the Blues have to come back from Spain and hit the road once again to Reebok Stadium in just a span of a few short days.

To make matters worse, the only road win came at Sunderland, and aside from that, there are bad results at Old Trafford against Manchester United and against Stoke City. The team only has three goals in its three road fixtures on the campaign.

And then of course, there is the Frank Lampard saga. There’s still a huge question as to whether Lampard truly stormed off of the bench or not on Manager Andre Villas-Boas. That being said, this is still a solid side with or without Lampard, and it is certainly the superior side in this match.

However, we’re really not all that sure that Chelsea is that much better than the Wanderers are, especially with this match being at Reebok Stadium. Bolton is at full goal underdog, and potentially a goal and a quarter underdog depending on the sportsbook. Don’t be surprised if the Blues end up conceding yet another two points on the road.

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