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Friday, 12 September 2008

Fulham vs Bolton Wanderers: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - previews and predictions

Fulham's big new signing Andrew Johnson should be fit to start in a match that could later be seen as critical in the relegation battle.  Neither of these two look likely to rise into the top half of the table, and despite Fulham's splurge on new players they will take some time to gel as a unit.  Fulham escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last season, but quality players like Johnson can often make a difference in a tight game like this - at Everton Johnson made a name in his ability to get the only goal of the game.

Bolton also barely survived the relegation fight and will miss three of their better recent signings with Johan Elmander and Matt Taylor injured and Gary Cahill suspended; and without them there is a question mark of the quality of their team.  No doubt Bolton will play a strong pressing game and have had few players away on international duty; but given the team that will start Gary Megson will probably be happy to get a point here.

Fulham (14) vs Bolton Wanderers (8); Kick Off 3pm, 13 September 2009

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew: 0-0
Dave Blackburn: 0-1
Sue Gardener: 1-1
Chris Goodwin: 2-1
Paul Grech (sqf): 2-1
Hugh Larkin (sqf): TBC
Colin Illingworth (sqf): 2-2
Peter Lee: 1-1
Don McMahon: 1-1
Antony Melvin (sqf): 2-1
Stephen Orford (sqf): 1-1
Tony Ratton: 0-1
Peter Rendle: 1-1
Dan Taylor: 2-1
Andy Wakeman: 2-0
Isaac Williams: 2-1
Mark Williams: 2-0

Panel Verdict
The panel is split between a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 home win.

Home: 7; Draw: 7; Away: 1; TBC: 1; mode score: 1-1 or 2-1

Spread Betting
There is little expectation of too many goals here especially as these two average only a goal a game this season; but Andrew Johnson could provide a goal focus for Roy Hodgson's side and a buy at 18 will return a profit if Johnson scores after the 18th minute.

Example: 3pt buy Andrew Johnson goal minutes at 18
No goals: you lose 54pts
Andrew Johnson scores after 45 minutes: You win 81pts
Andrew Johnson scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 216pts
Andrew Johnson scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 486pts
and so on

* Do we have it right, or do you know better? Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!



Seems to me Fulham have already banked the points, its "family day" at Craven Cottage. Kids go in for a Fiver (better than Birminghams catchy :kids for a quid:)

A packed house may well go home disapointed.

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