Everton v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • January 04, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Everton on Wednesday evening, knowing only victory will move them off the bottom of the Premier League.

Despite drawing 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year's Eve, Owen Coyle's side ended 2011 at the foot of the table.

Defeats for Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Wolves over the last two days have given Bolton the perfect opportunity to gain ground on their rivals and they can move within a point of safety with victory in Merseyside.

Bolton have lost on four of their last five trips to Goodison Park and if they are to put a halt to that run, they are likely to have to do with without the services of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Jaaskelainen suffered a thigh injury in the draw with Wolves and has failed to train with the rest of the squad since the turn of the year.

A late decision is expected to be made on the fitness of the 36-year-old, with Adam Bogdan on standby to make his first appearance for the club since October.

Other than a change in goal, Wanderers could line-up with the same side that faced Wolves, with Sam Ricketts and Gretar Steinsson holding off competition from Paul Robinson and Dedryck Boyata to claim the full-back positions.

Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea has been put on hold, so the England international should continue to partner Zat Knight in the Bolton defence. Cahill is unlikely to be named in Bolton's FA Cup squad at the weekend, so Wednesday night's game could prove to be his last in Trotters colours.

Martin Petrov, Fabrice Muamba and Nigel Reo-Coker should start in midfield, with Mark Davies continuing to deputise on the right flank, despite talk of a possible move to West Bromwich Albion.

Kevin Davies will be hoping for a recall in attack, but Ivan Klasnic and David Ngog are expected to keep their places.

Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Marcos Alonso, Tyrone Mears, Ricardo Gardner and Sean Davis are just a few of the names that will miss the game through injury.

Everton, meanwhile, are set to be boosted by the inclusion of Landon Donovan, after he officially completed his loan move from LA Galaxy.

Donovan, who made the same move in 2010, has joined the Toffees on a two-month deal and will return ahead of the new MLS season in March.

The USA international could partner Louis Saha in attack, but he is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench, with Victor Anichebe in line for his first start since August after scoring the winner at West Brom on New Year's Day.

Marouane Fellaini scored in Everton's 2-0 win at the Reebok Stadium in November, but the Belgium international is doubtful for Wednesday's game as he continues to struggle with a groin problem.

Fellaini's injury isn't the only problem David Moyes has to contend with, as he also has doubts over the fitness of Seamus Coleman and Royston Drenthe.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lynch, Steinsson, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Boyata, Wheater, Connolly, Riley, Muamba, Eagles, Petrov, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Blakeman, Tuncay, K Davies, Klasnic, Blake, Ngog, Eaves, Obadeyi, O'Halloran

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Pos Team Pld Pts
11 Ipswich Town 20 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 27
13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
15 Charlton Athletic 20 23
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