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Bitesize Prediction: Bolton vs Port Vale – 05/12/23

Tom Dunstan in Betting Tips and News 3 Dec 2023

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Competition: EFL Trophy

Market: Bolton win

Odds: 3/5 @ 1xBet

Looking to extend on their EFL Trophy adventure on Tuesday night, Bolton will welcome Port Val to the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

Starting with the hosts, while Bolton might have suffered play-off heartbreak last season, the Trotters are in the midst of another stellar League One flurry. Last seen over the weekend extending on their FA Cup run as they breezed their way to a routine 5-1 victory at home against Harrogate, Ian Evatt’s side find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Signing off November with a rampant 7-0 win against Exeter, the former Barrow boss has not seen his squad suffer a single defeat from any of their previous 10 straight appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to October 7th. Smelling another golden opportunity here, Bolton will also be excited by their remarkable purple patch on home soil. In fact, along with winning their previous two showdowns at the Toughsheet Community Stadium by an aggregate score of 12-1, it should also be highlighted that Evatt’s men have won all of their last five contests in front of their own supporters.

As for the visitors, while Port Vale might have snatched an FA Cup replay away at Stevenage over the weekend, the Valiants find themselves at the heart of an extended struggle. Failing to find any kind of momentum since opening up the 2023/24 campaign, Andy Crosby’s side are looking over their shoulder at a looming League One relegation scrap. Along with signing off November with a toothless 1-0 defeat at home against Derby, the Burslem-based outfit have won just a pair of their previous 15 straight appearances across all competitions with 90 minutes – a run that stems all the way back to September 26th. Hit with a 1-0 loss when they last met Bolton back on September 30th, it should be noted that Port Vale have collected just a single point from any of their previous four showdowns against Tuesday’s hosts. Two sides firmly battling it out at opposite ends of the League One table, we are backing a home victory here.

Bet: Bolton 3/5 to beat Port Vale in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy matchup @ 1xBet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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