Bolton Wanderers vs Rotherham United Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Bolton Wanderers vs Rotherham United Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Boxing day (15:00) fixture is an important battle at the bottom of the Championship table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Bolton suffered a third straight defeat and stretched their winless run to 13 after going down to a 1-0 defeat at Brentford. Wanderers can feel a little aggrieved as they were marginally the better side.

Rotherham are now seven without a victory and can have few complaints after a comprehensive 4-0 loss against West Brom. They found themselves two down after 20 minutes and despite being the better team after the damage was done.

The reverse fixture came in October at the New York Stadium and it ended honours even with a 1-1 draw. Will Vaulks had put the Millers ahead but a Christian Doidge earned the Trotters a point.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Bookmakers are having trouble splitting the pair and I can see why as both are struggling for form. Bolton are without a win in 13 and Rotherham in seven and of the three options the draw seems most likely.

If the visitors do net (and you have to go back to September 29th for the last time the hosts kept a clean sheet) then they have two men in good scoring form on the road. Richard Towell has (two in two away from home) and Michael Smith (three in four) and both look worth a play in the anytime scorer markets.

 

Michael Smith to score at any time

Richard Towell to score at any time

 

Bolton Wanderers saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Bolton Wanderers saw over 1.5 goals in 6 out of their last 6 games played against Rotherham United

Rotherham United saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Rotherham United saw over 1.5 goals in 6 out of their last 6 games played against Bolton Wanderers

AVG Goals

0.6

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Bolton Wanderers Form Guide

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo

Bolton Wanderers

Won

2

Draw

1

Lost

7
W H

05-01-2019

FA Cup

Walsall Team Logo Walsall

FT 5 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

12-01-2019

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

21-01-2019

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

25-01-2019

FA Cup

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D H

29-01-2019

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

02-02-2019

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

09-02-2019

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

12-02-2019

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

16-02-2019

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

L A

23-02-2019

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

Rotherham United Form Guide

Rotherham United Team Logo

Rotherham United

Won

1

Draw

5

Lost

4
W H

01-01-2019

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

06-01-2019

FA Cup

Manchester City Team Logo Manchester City

FT 7 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

12-01-2019

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

19-01-2019

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

26-01-2019

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

02-02-2019

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

09-02-2019

Championship

Wigan Athletic Team Logo Wigan Athletic

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

12-02-2019

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 0)

D H

16-02-2019

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

23-02-2019

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Bolton Wanderers Preview

The Trotters sir 23rd in the table at the half-way mark of the season while the expected goals data has them in 22nd. After a good start it seems they are set for a season of struggle and with little money to invest in January relegation seems a real option.

At the Macron, the Lancashire side have struggled winning just two times this campaign and netting only six goals. They have lost seven of 11 in front of their own fans including five of the last six.

Bolton are the lowest scorers in the division with just 15 goals and no player has netted more than four. They had a reasonable defensive record conceding just 31 times but have not kept a clean sheet since September 24th.

Bolton Wanderers Team News

Stephen Ireland (calf) is a doubt while Craig Noone is available following a suspension.

Rotherham United Preview

The Millers sit 20th in the Championship table after 23 games and the expected goals data table also has them here. The Yorkshire outfit were strong favourites for relegation so just surviving is their main goal for the remainder of the season.

Away from the New York Stadium, the Yorkshire team are winless this season but have drawn four of the previous five. Just 14 of the 59 goals that they have been involved with have come on the road.

Rotherham are struggling for goals with just the third highest in the division goals scored of 22. Their defence is the fifth weakest for the season in the Championship having conceded 37 times.

 

Rotherham United Team News

Kyle Vassell (groin) is a doubt while Darren Potter (ankle) is a long-term absentee.

Bolton Wanderers Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Rotherham United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Bolton Wanderers vs Rotherham United Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Ben Alnwick 189 80
5 CD Mark Beevers 193 80
3 RB Andrew Taylor 178 69
31 CD David Wheater 196 82
4 LB Jason Lowe 176 75
10 RM Sammy Ameobi 190 66
21 CM Joseph Williams 185 80
18 CM Marc Wilson 188 80
19 LM Gary O'Neil 173 61
9 CF Christian Doidge 185 77
8 CF Clayton Donaldson 185 73
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marek Rodak 188 69
3 RB Joe Mattock 181 78
15 CD Clark Robertson 180 75
5 CD Semi Ajayi 193 83
2 LB Zak Vyner 178 68
22 RM Joe Newell 180 71
4 CM Will Vaulks 180 75
13 CM Richard Towell 173 70
7 LM Anthony Forde 175 68
24 CF Michael Smith 193 71
9 CF Jamie Proctor 188 78