Last updated at 15:00, Saturday 7th April 2012

Trotters can see daylight


Peter Ling and Mike Holden
Premier League - Saturday preview
2pts Bolton to beat Fulham at 17/10Wanderers in good mental shape and can bag a fourth straight win against poor travellers.2pts Everton to beat Norwich at 6/4Toffees in formidable form and should be backed to consolidate their position above Liverpool.

For one week in the middle of last month, Bolton couldn't have cared less about their position in the bottom three of the Premier League but now the sense of perspective provided the Fabrice Muamba saga seems to have helped propel them towards safety.

Now we're backing Owen Coyle's men to build on the confidence generated by emerging victorious in successive six-pointers against QPR, Blackburn and Wolves to pull further clear of danger with a fourth straight league win against Fulham.

The Trotters have been flailing in the murky waters of the drop zone since mid-September but it's amazing what can be achieved once a team sees the surface and comes up for air.

Bolton aren't necessarily playing any better than they were earlier in the campaign but, unlike previously, they are now thinking clearly and taking their chances when they along.

Back Bolton to beat Fulham at 17/10

And we have good reason to believe that chances will present themselves in this game because Fulham's away record is miserable.

Putting attractive local derbies to one side, the Cottagers have picked up just six points in a dozen matches outside the capital, failing to score in eight of them.

Meanwhile, there's a real buzz about Everton at the moment and David Moyes isn't in the business of disrupting momentum, so back his men to do the business at odds of 6/4 for the trip to Norwich.

The Toffees climbed above bitter rivals Liverpool with victory over West Brom last weekend, the possibility of which was an oversight on our part when we tipped the Baggies to triumph on the strength of the Merseysiders' exertions at Sunderland in an FA Cup quarter-final replay four days earlier.

As it was, Everton knew the early tempo would be crucial and started in determined fashion to seize the initiative after 18 minutes and we see them applying their knowhow to similar effect against the Canaries.

Back Everton to beat Norwich at 6/4

When Moyes' men are in this mood, doing a number on novices like Norwich can be like taking candy off a baby. The Toffees dismantled Swansea at the Liberty Stadium a fortnight ago, thanks in no small part to some shrewd tactical pointers demonstrated by Paul Lambert's men a few weeks earlier, but Lambert should expect no thanks from his opposite number here.

There are signs that a demanding campaign is beginning to take its toll on the Canaries. Since their success over the Swans in south Wales, they have managed just one victory - and an unconvincing one at that - against Wolves and players openly talking about turning their attention to next season is not a good sign.


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Liverpool v Aston Villa
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West Brom v Blackburn
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