You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m laughing to myself as I type the headline.
Over the last few years, we just haven’t done shoe-ins, have we?
To be honest, I don’t even know what a “shoe-in” is.
I assume it’s an American saying, so I’ll replace it with “Cert” and try to stick to it in future.
So this should be a cert, simple as.
I don’t need to look at any stats to know that Bolton have scored few, conceded many and are bottom of the table, looking like they don’t belong in this league.
And that’s a shame in some ways, as they were rolling as high as it gets for them not so long back.
Until they decided to let Sam Allaryce go.
That was just one of those crazy decisions that you knew would ruin the club, yet the owners knew better.
Anyway, I can’t see us changing much, although Gabby is apparently ready to make a recall.
That’s good of him, but if he sees the light of day, well, you have to wonder what’s going on.
But I’ve said that before and roll on his contract finishing, where he’ll no doubt get a fat contract in China and then become an ambassador or something.
The mind boggles, but there you go.
There isn’t much to say, apart from the fact that I expect us to go for the throat from the off.
We’ve beaten some other minnows and I expect us to take Bolton apart, with at least a two goal advantage.
I’m there again, with my “we’ll walk this” attitude, when I really ought to know better.
But the fact is, if we don’t win this by two (and I’m expecting better), I’ll be disappointed.
I suspect they’ll get one.
So I’m going to go for 4-1.
Anything less than a balls-out performance won’t be acceptable and Bruce knows it.
I’m looking forward to it, if I can actually get to watch it.