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  • 27 August 2011
  • • 17:30
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Probert
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Liverpool - Bolton Wanderers Preview: Hosts looking for 10th consecutive Premier League victory over the Trotters

The Merseyside outfit have won nine consecutive league games against Owen Coyle’s side, and are traditionally strong when it comes to playing teams on their own turf


PROBABLE LINEUPS
LIVERPOOL

Reina
Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing
Suarez, Carroll
BOLTON WANDERERS
 
Jaaskelainen
Wheater, Cahill, Knight, Robinson
Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov
K Davies, Klasnic

Steven Gerrard remains sidelined due to a groin injury and is expected to return to action in September. He is joined by fellow midfielder Raul Meireles in the treatment room, as the former Porto man injured his collarbone during the game against Exeter City and is out for at least two weeks.

Glen Johnson is on the road to recovery from the thigh injury he sustained during a pre-season game against Valencia, but remains a doubt for this clash.

For Owen Coyle, Lee Chung-Yong is a long-term absentee due to a broken leg, while Stuart Holden (knee) also remains on the sidelines for this fixture. Tyrone Mears (broken leg) and Sam Ricketts (Achilles) are also out.

Gretar Steinsson contracted a foot injury during the defeat to Manchester City last week, but could return in time for this game. Ricardo Gardner was reported to be a doubt for City's trip to the Reebok, and he continues to remain a doubt for trip to Anfield.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Liverpool have won nine out of the last 10 Premier League meetings between the two sides, and this will be their 10th consecutive victory if they should take three points from Bolton.
  • Kenny Dalglish's men have lost only one league game in their last 10 outings at Anfield. That defeat came towards the end of last season, when Tottenham managed to carve out a 2-0 victory.
  • The two teams have faced each other 58 times in league games at the Reds' home ground. The hosts have won 32, the opposition 10, while the remaining 16 ended in a draw.
  • The last time that Bolton beat the Reds was in 2006, courtesy of goals from Gary Speed and Ivan Campo. At the time, it was the third consecutive away defeat for the Merseyside club, but eventually went on to finish in third place that season.
  • The Trotters won only two league games away from home last campaign, which was a joint low with Birmingham City and West Ham United - both relegated at the end of the season.
  • The 4-0 victory over QPR was Bolton's first away win in their last 13 games.

Players to watch

L. Suárez

Position: Attacker

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Luis Suarez has two goals to his name and would want to add to his tally and continue to justify his high standing with the club's supporters.

I. Klasnić

Position: Attacker

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Ivan Klasnic has scored in both games Bolton have played this season, and also has an assist to his name. And the former Nantes hitman would undoubtedly want to help his side take something away from Anfield.

Editor's Prediction

Liverpool are the stronger side, and playing at home should only help their cause. With history also favouring the Reds, it seems that Kenny Dalglish's men could be poised to take three points on Saturday.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Liverpool

Bolton Wanderers

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
Liverpool FC Liverpool
Draw
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Bolton Wanderers FC Bolton Wanderers
95%

Top 3 Predictions

Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 0
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Liverpool FC LIV
2 - 0
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL
Liverpool FC LIV
3 - 1
Bolton Wanderers FC BOL

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