Differential Zone: Bolton


I know I know. Saw the title. Had a laugh. And now your cursor is hovering over the big red X (close) button… only your mouse magically stopped working and you’re forced to read on. Ha. Deal with it!

You’re right though. One position off the drop zone, woeful form, plus it is Bolton. So what is Dudu on about? Am I just trying to ruin your team by feeding you crazy ideas or are they really worth the punt?

Form guide: WDLLLLW

Two wins in the last seven games and I’m not exactly putting out a strong argument am I? However in the last 7 fixtures, Bolton have played Livepool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City! So the form guide is definitely a bit harsh on Bolton if not slightly misleading.

Fixtures

GW 29: Aston Villa (A)
GW 30: Blackburn (H)
GW 31: Wolves (A)
GW 32: Fulham (H)
GW 33: Newcastle (A)

A strong point for Bolton. That is certainly a tasty looking fixture list with Bolton playing 3 of the bottom 7 teams. Isn’t that tempting? Still no?

Fair enough but with just a few more Gameweeks left for this season, differentials could be the very difference between catching your rivals and staying one step ahead of everyone else.

That’s all good and nice but be wary of “Unpredictable Bolton!”

Those fixtures are hard to ignore but the problem with Bolton is their unpredictability. One minute they’re beating Liverpool and holding Arsenal and the next thing you know they’re getting humbled by relegation strugglers Wigan! Regardless, here are some players you might want to look into.

Players to consider:

Adam Bogdan (£4.0)

Owned by: 6.1%

At just 4.0 Bogdan is currently the cheapest FPL Goalkeeper who plays week in week out. Now some of you might say that he’s not nailed on with Bolton continuing to lose and Jaaskelainen waiting in the wings, however I wouldn’t be so sure.

Despite Bolton continuing to lose it’s been Bogdan that’s been saving his team from being mauled. Take the recent game against Man City (6 saves in total) for example. He made several saves from point blank range and if it wasn’t for him it could have ended up as a rugby scoreline.

Even the game before that (v Chelsea) he made an impressive 10 saves!

Buying Bogdan also gives us the chance to get expensive goalkeepers like Hart, Reina, Friedel and De Gea without sacrificing too much of our budget.

Bogdan + Hart = £10.8
Bogdan + Reina = £10.4
Bogdan + De Gea = £10.2
Bogdan + Friedel = £9.7

Compare this with current popular choices:

Vorm + Krul = £10.3
Mignolet + Krul = £9.4

Not much in it is there? On the other hand you can even save an extra million or two by going with say Bogdan and Krul? Food for thought?

Midfielders

Following the January Wildcard most of us had, we had almost generic teams – especially in midfield! The likes of Dempsey, Sessegnon, Silva and Valencia were found in many of our fantasy teams.

However with Valencia injured, Sessegnon suspended and Silva being swapped for the likes of Yaya… things are finally starting to split up!

Ryo Miyaichi (£4.9)

Owned by: 0.25%

He’s been talked about quite a bit; the young loanee from Arsenal has made an impressive start for Bolton.

Miyaichi scored a well taken goal against Millwall (FA Cup) in his first start for Bolton. In the league, he came on as a substitute against Wigan and played the full 90 against Chelsea and City. Playing full games against the likes of City and Chelsea probably means he’s relatively nailed on to start.

He was arguably Bolton’s most attacking threat against City and Chelsea earning him praise from Bolton Manager Owen Coyle.

If you haven’t seen him play yet… then you should, but I warn you – you’ll only manage to get a glimpse of him! Why you ask? Because he’s super quick! Owen Coyle himself said:

“Ryo has unbelievable ability, he has got pace to burn without wanting to warn opponents, he is lightning quick… he has also got great feet and is only going to get better.”

Branded as the “Japanese Messi” he was also called up for his national side in a World Cup Qualifier against Uzbekistan last week but played no part.

This weekend he started against QPR and came out with an assist. In a Man of the Match performance he played very well and also played a brilliant ball to Klasnic, to seal the win!

In the QPR match alone he made a total of 11 crosses and made several key passes throughout the game. He also seems to have some share in the set pieces too, in the form of corners.

In 4 appearances overall Miyaichi has taken a total of 5 shots, put in 30 crosses and attempted 8 dribbles. An exciting prospect and could be key to Bolton’s chances of survival this season.

Mark Davies (£4.8)

Owned by: 0.3%

Mark Davies has gone under the radar of late but he is still a viable option with 3 goals to his name.

Davies comes even cheaper than Ryo Miyaichi and is one of Bolton’s most consistent players, fantasy wise.

On two occasions in the last five Gameweeks, Davies has gone on to score more than 5 points with 7 (vs Wigan) and 10 (vs Liverpool).

He’s very much nailed on to start and the previous Gameweek was more evidence of that. He missed the Chelsea game (GW 26) due to a hamstring problem but came straight back into the side, against a tough match with City (GW 27).

Against QPR this weekend he again played well and pushed his side forward again and again.

In fact Owen Coyle even believes that Mark Davies deserves an England call up! He made the comments early last month.

An ideal 5th midfielder? Perhaps.

So there you go. God knows how I rambled on and on, about Bolton of all things! Comments appreciated as always!