Bolton v Southend - Saturday 15:00
Bolton supporters were stunned by the capture of five new faces on transfer deadline day, bringing a swift end to the gloom that was beginning to descend on the Macron Stadium. The Whites have taken 13 points from a possible 15 but a growing injury list, compounded by a transfer embargo, had threatened to derail that positive start.
Now Ben Alnwick, Tom Thorpe, Keshi Anderson, Sammy Ameobi and James Henry come straight into contention for the visit of Southend as Phil Parkinson attempts to cover for the absences of Dorian Dervite, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley, Max Clayton and Zach Clough. So the long-term picture is rosy again but a turbulent week and wholesale changes might make Wanderers vulnerable here.
Phil Brown made a blatant pass at Bolton’s owners via Channel 5’s highlights programme last April, on the day they were relegated from the Championship, and he’s been in the doghouse with Southend supporters ever since. But he retains the ability to produce stunning results in one-off matches, as illustrated by the recent 3-0 win at Sheffield United.
Having been overlooked by the new Wanderers hierarchy, he will see this as a great opportunity to both make a point and make amends. Take the 17/4 available on Southend to win and back the Southend 2-0 correct score at 28/1. The Shrimpers landed the latter bet three times on the road last term, twice when similarly unfancied at Millwall and Barnsley.