Premier League Preview: Bolton Wanderers - Everton
Although history may be in favor of David Moyes' side, the Trotters could pick up their third consecutive home win against the Merseyside opponent on Saturday.
By Ryan Benson
Riley, Wheater, Cahill, Robinson
Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov
Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Drenthe
Owen Coyle is still struggling to put together a full squad of 18 players following an injury-ravaged start to the 2011-12 campaign, but his men are slowly returning.
Dedryck Boyata, on loan from Manchester City, may be able to make a return following his ankle injury, however the young Belgian will likely face final examinations on Friday. Meanwhile, Mikel Alonso looks set to miss out once again.
Despite the potential return of Boyata, Coyle must still contend without Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Mears, Chung-Yong Lee, Stuart Holden, Sean Davis, Sam Ricketts and the aforementioned Alonso.
David Moyes has considerably less to worry about on the injury front with Victor Anichebe the only player definitely ruled out, while Sylvain Distin (groin), Phil Neville (hamstring) and Jack Rodwell (ribs) could return following their respective knocks.
Phil Jagielka has also been noted as a doubt, but the England defender is likely to start once again after having injections in his foot to see off a knock.
|DID YOU KNOW|
- Bolton Wanderers have won the last two meetings between the sides at the Reebok, beating the visitors 2-0 back in February and 3-2 in October 2009.
- Owen Coyle’s side has let in 17 goals at home this season, worse than any other team in the Premier League.
- Ivan Klasnic (pictured right) has scored six league goals so far this season, double what Everton’s entire strike force has managed.
- The Trotters have lost seven of their last eight home matches. They won the other game, which turned out to be a 5-0 victory over Stoke City.
- Out of the last 10 matches played out between the sides, Everton has picked up six victories.
- Fifty three percent of Everton’s goals this term have come in the last 15 minutes of the club's matches.
- The Toffees have managed to score just 13 goals so far this season, with only four teams netting fewer.
- The last time these two sides played out a 0-0 draw was back in December 2002.
- Everton has hardly impressed on the road recently, losing five of its previous eight excursions. During that time, the club also won twice and picked up a draw.
Top 3 Predictions
Bolton 1-2 Everton
- 19.84 %
Bolton 1-1 Everton
- 17.06 %
Bolton 2-2 Everton
- 13.49 %
|FA Cup (FA)||Jan 26, 2013||Bolton 1 - Everton 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 4, 2012||Everton 1 - Bolton 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 26, 2011||Bolton 0 - Everton 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Feb 13, 2011||Bolton 2 - Everton 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 10, 2010||Everton 1 - Bolton 1|
|Mar 15, 2014||Bolton 0 - Brighton 2||ENG2|
|Mar 11, 2014||Derby 0 - Bolton 0||ENG2|
|Mar 8, 2014||Leeds 1 - Bolton 5||ENG2|
|Mar 1, 2014||Bolton 4 - Blackburn 0||ENG2|
|Feb 22, 2014||Bolton 2 - Watford 0||ENG2|