Two teams here that want three points for very different reasons. West Bromwich Albion are fourth in the Championship and only six points off the automatic promotion places. At the other end of the table, Bolton are one from bottom, three points from safety.
Bolton have earned fewer points on home territory than any other Championship side. Just the 12 points from 13 games with seven defeats.
Scoring goals is their problem with their total of 18 goals in 27 goals is the second-worst record in the Championship. Their fans must have thought they’d gone to the wrong ground when Bolton recently put five past League One Walsall in the FA Cup. Josh McGennis hit a hat-trick, his first goals since September.
Only twice have they scored two goals in a home league game and one of those was in August with a wait until Boxing Day for the other. The 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Rotherham United is their only home league win in the last eight. Six of their those eight games saw them fail to score a goal. A repeat of the 2-1 opening day away win at West Brom would be greatly appreciated.
West Bromwich Albion had a bad patch in October and January isn’t going too well either with one point from their two games.
Strong Away Form
The year began with a 2-1 away loss at Blackburn Rovers ending a run of four straight away league victories. Six of their 13 away league games have been won and only two sides have scored more away goals than West Brom.
With 55 goals, no side in the Championship has scored more than Albion. They’ve scored in each of their last five away league games and scored at least twice in four of them with 11 goals scored. Against a Bolton side that has only one clean sheet in their last eight home league games, there could be more goals on the way in this game.