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Saturday, 27 September 2008

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

Manchester United has had a weak start to the season and despite a game-in-hand they remain oddly placed at fifteenth - especially if you factor in that winning that game-in-hand will only draw them up to Hull!  But the fixture computer and the Super Cup has given them a tough opening but the fixture list will now ease somewhat starting with this game against Bolton.  With van Der Sar fit again the goalkeeping crisis has abated and although United has yet to beat a team heavily this season it is inevitable that some team or other will take a heavy beating soon.

Bolton has a decent record at Old Trafford and captain Kevin Nolan has especially fond memories.  But Bolton are without a win in any competition since the opening weekend (16 August) and although failure to beat Arsenal is understandable, the other games - Newcastle, Northampton, West Brom and Fulham - looked much more winnable.  Bolton will be hoping that big money signing Johan Elmander is fit and firing and that Gary Cahill can improve the defence.

United are hugely odds on to win this one, and Bolton will need to be very obdurate to avoid conceding.

Manchester United vs Bolton Wanderers; Kick Off 03:00pm 27 Sep 2008

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

Tony Bellew : 2 - 0
Dave Blackburn : 3 - 0
Sue Gardener : 2 - 0
Chris Goodwin : 3 - 0
Paul Grech (sqf) : 3 - 0
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 3 - 0
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : TBC - TBC
Peter Lee : 2 - 0
Don McMahon : 3 - 1
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 3 - 0
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 3 - 0
Tony Ratton : 3 - 1
Peter Rendle : 4 - 0
Dan Taylor : 3 - 0
Andy Wakeman : 3 - 0
Isaac Williams : 2 - 0
Mark Williams : 3 - 0

Panel Verdict
The panel are going for a solid Manchester United win, the majority guessing at a 3-0 scoreline.

Home: 16; Draw: 0; Away: 0; TBC: 1;

Spread Betting
After a goal on his first start in the week this is an ideal game for Cristiano Ronaldo to make friends and influence people.  He's never cheap but usually good value!

Example: 2pt buy Ronaldo goal minutes at 39
No goals: you lose 78pts
Ronaldo scores after 45 minutes: You win 12pts
Ronaldo scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 102pts
Ronaldo scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 282pts
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!

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