Time to run with the Trotters

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: March 4 2013, 11:44 GMT

Bolton headline Craig Chisnall's midweek npower Football League tips, with Bristol City also looking good value.

Craig Dawson: In the goals for Bolton recently
Craig Dawson: In the goals for Bolton recently

They have frustrated their fans for large parts of this season but Bolton look to be coming good at exactly the right time - that's why I will be backing them again against Blackburn on Tuesday.

All of a sudden the Trotters are finally showing the class and, more importantly, the resolve needed to compete in the Championship.

After relegation from the Premier League many predicted they would breeze back up at the first attempt with virtually the same squad.

But, much like fellow relegated clubs Rovers and Wolves, they underestimated the challenge of the second tier and it cost Owen Coyle his job.

Replacement Dougie Freedman hardly found life much easier but the signing of centre-back Craig Dawson has proved a masterstroke - his goal at Barnsley on Saturday was his fourth in their three wins on the trot.

That made a healthy profit if you took the 17/10 on the away win and I'd go with them again at evens to beat Rovers.

Bristol City have also rewarded my faith in recent weeks so I'm going to back them again in their home clash with in-form Brighton.

The Robins are bottom but they've won their last four at Ashton Gate, with the victories over Barnsley and Nottingham Forest both in our favour.

They added to their tally with a battling 0-0 draw at Blackpool at the weekend and that bodes well for what is a huge game against the Seagulls.

You can get 5/2 on Sean O'Driscoll's men and that's a big price well worthy of consideration.

City currently sit bottom thanks to Peterborough's stunning 3-2 win at Blackburn on Saturday - inspired by striker Dwight Gayle's hat-trick in the opening 27 minutes.

But with Posh frustratingly inconsistent for boss Darren Ferguson, visitors Charlton are the ones to back in this clash.

After romping to the League One title a year ago I thought the Addicks would go better than they have this term.

But they've struggled at The Valley and only their seven wins on the road are keeping them out of serious trouble.

They won 2-1 at high-flying Leicester the last time they were on their travels and I fancy them again at 21/10.

In League One, MK Dons' fall from grace in recent months is making my tip for the title look a little silly - Karl Robinson's men are now a long shot for a place in the top six such has been their woeful form.

They have now not won in eight matches and have drawn their last four to fall 13 points behind sixth-placed Tranmere.

With table-toppers Doncaster also drawing three of their last five I reckon another stalemate might well follow - the draw is offered at 12/5 and I like the look of that.

In League Two, nothing jumps out to me on Tuesday night so I'd wait until Wednesday to invest - with away-day specialists Exeter a juicy 9/5 to win at Bristol Rovers.

The Grecians currently sit fourth with their promotion push built on the back of a fabulous away record.

Paul Tisdale's side have won 11 times away from St James' Park - a new club record - and will fancy their chances at the Memorial Stadium.

With evergreen striker Jamie Cureton, a former Rovers favourite, bang in form too, the 9/5 is simply too good to ignore.

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