Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool - Preview

  • January 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Liverpool to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday evening where they will be looking to halt a run of 10 successive defeats against the Reds.

Wanderers haven't picked up a single point against Kenny Dalglish's side since recording a 2-0 victory in September 2006, when the clubs were under the management of Sam Allardyce and Rafael Benitez respectively. Can Wanderers end their miserable run against Liverpool? Check out the latest odds at Betfair Premier League Betting.

Owen Coyle's side have won just one league game on home turf all season and know they must drastically improve if they are to avoid dropping out of the Premier League at the end of the season.

Despite starting and scoring against Macclesfield Town in Tuesday evening's FA Cup third round replay, Kevin Davies is set to return to the bench as Coyle reverts back to a similar side to the one which lost at Manchester United last weekend.

David Ngog is expected to occupy the lone attacking role as he faces his former club for the first time, with Ivan Klasnic joining Davies on the bench.

Jussi Jaaskelainen has returned to training after missing the last four matches with a thigh injury but he looks set to miss out, with Adam Bogdan continuing in goal for the Trotters.

Dedryck Boyata will be hopeful of partnering either Zat Knight or David Wheater in central defence, although he may miss out on a starting role. Gretar Steinsson and Sam Ricketts are expected to retain their places in the full-back positions.

A five man midfield of Chris Eagles, Nigel Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Fabrice Muamba and Martin Petrov should line up for the Wanderers as they look to null the threat of a Liverpool midfield containing the likes of Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam.

Dalglish will hand a late fitness test to Jay Spearing, who missed the goalless draw with Stoke City last weekend with a hamstring injury.

Should Spearing fail to start at the Reebok, Jordan Henderson could be in line for a rare start.

Daniel Agger was rested for that game with the Potters but he is likely to return alongside Martin Skrtel in defence, meaning there will be no place for Anfield legend Jamie Carragher.

Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy are expected to provide support for Andy Carroll, who should continue to lead the Liverpool attack in the absense of Luis Suarez, who sits out the fifth game of an eight-match suspension.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lynch, Steinsson, Robinson, 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

Sky Bet League One Standings

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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