Everton v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 06, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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After picking up their first win in seven, Bolton travel to Everton, a side they haven't beaten in just over three years.

Since Wanderers took the points in a 4-0 victory at Goodison Park in December 2005, the Trotters have lost four out of the following five meetings.

Kevin Davies should lead Bolton out at Goodison after taking the captain's armband following the departure of Kevin Nolan to Newcastle.

Should Wanderers adopt a 4-5-1 approach, Davies will likely be played out on the right, although he could partner Ariza Makukula in attack in a 4-4-2 formation.

Mark Davies, who impressed on his full debut last weekend, is expected to retain his place in midfield, with Fabrice Muamba and Matt Taylor joining him in the middle and Ricardo Gardner on the left flank.

Sebastien Puygrenier looks to have settled well in English football and after scoring against Spurs last time out, should keep his place alongside Gary Cahill, with Andy O'Brien on the bench.

Nicky Hunt and Tamir Cohen are back in training, but the weekend's game will come too soon, while Johan Elmander, Joey O'Brien, Gavin McCann and Ricardo Vaz Te remain long term injury victims.

Everton come into the game on the back of a tiring Merseyside derby in the FA Cup.

The Toffees went through 120 minutes against Liverpool, with a late goal from Dan Gosling handing David Moyes' side a place in the fifth round.

Gosling could start against Bolton, although loan signing Jo is also pushing for a start, despite not being fully match fit.

Should neither be on the field from the outset, Tim Cahill would be the favourite to start in attack, alongside Marouane Fellaini, whose goal seperated the two sides at the Reebok in October.

Steven Pienaar is a doubt with a hamstring strain and Victor Anichebe is not in the squad, which caused Moyes to walk out of his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
17 Tranmere Rovers 1 1
18 Cheltenham Town 1 0
19 Bolton Wanderers 1 0
20 Grimsby Town 1 0
21 Oldham Athletic 1 0
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