Unhappy homecoming for Sam at Bolton?

Bolton’s lofty position in the league thus far this year has come despite some very inconsistent performances against some of the divisions lesser lights. Despite manager Owen Coyle and striker Johan Elmander being named manager and player of the month for November, dropped points over the last two weekends have tarnished what was an excellent league position.

For Blackburn, a win at the Reebok could propel them into the top six, and for former Trotters boss Sam Allardyce, there is no doubt that this fixture will be of major personal significance.

Rovers bounced back admirably from their hammering at Old Trafford with a home win against Wolves, however if they are to move away from the chasing pack and challenge for a top ten finish, getting points out of away fixtures such as this will be crucial.

Prediction: 1-1

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