Bolton v Chelsea

Last updated : 21 January 2011 By BBC Sport

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard underwent a scan on a calf injury on Wednesday but the club expect him to be fit for the trip to Bolton.

Jon-Obi Mikel has recovered from a knee injury and could be involved.


Doubtful: Klasnic (groin), Steinsson (knee)

Injured/unavailable: Chung-Yong Lee (international duty), S Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf)


Doubtful: Lampard (calf)

Injured: Alex (knee), Benayoun (Achilles), Zhirkov (calf)


By their own admition, confidence is low at Chelsea; what better way to restore belief than at a ground where they are unbeaten in over 13 years?

I think it's important that we as a club and Bolton as a town celebrate Nat Lofthouse's life on Monday night. I hope there will be a great atmosphere, and it would be nice if we could put in a big performance and get a result against Chelsea, recognising they are one of the strongest teams in the Premier League

Bolton boss Owen Coyle

The champions' shocking loss of form since October has been well documented: five league defeats, 13 points from a possible 36, just two wins from their last 10. Last weekend's 2-0 defeat of Blackburn was long overdue, but one league victory can hardly be said to constitute a revival.

The good news for Blues fans is that they head to Bolton with a record of 12 wins from their last 15 encounters with the Lancashire club, and no defeats. Fourteen goals have been plundered without reply on their last seven trips to the Reebok, including a 4-0 victory on their most recent visit in 2009.

Bolton, meanwhile, appear to be suffering their own crisis of confidence. Owen Coyle's men are still without a Premier League win in 2011, a loss of form that started with a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in December's reverse fixture.

Monday marks the first Wanderers game since the passing of club legend Nat Lofthouse, who died last Sunday. Captains Kevin Davies and John Terry will lay a floral tribute before the game in honour of the club's legendary striker, who played more than 500 games and scored 285 times for the Trotters between 1946 and 1960.



• Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 14 league matches against Bolton (W11, D3), winning the last five.

• Bolton's last victory against Chelsea was a 2-1 win in December 2003 when John Terry scored a 90th-minute own goal.

• Wanderers have failed to score in their last four matches against Chelsea.

• Frank Lampard has scored seven goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances against Bolton.

• Wanderers haven't kept a clean sheet against the London club in their last 20 Premier League meetings.

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• The Trotters have taken just one point from the last 12 available.

• They have kept just two clean sheets in this season's Premier League, both at the Reebok Stadium.

• According to Opta Stats, Bolton have committed 316 fouls, more than any other team in the top flight.


• Last weekend's 2-0 defeat of Blackburn was only their second win in their last 10 league outings.

• They have lost four and won none of their last six Premier League away games.

• According to Opta Stats, Chelsea have completed the highest ratio of passes (excluding crosses) in the Premier League this season (83.7%).



Elmander: 10 goals (9 league); K Davies: 8 goals (7 league)


Anelka: 12 goals (4 league); Drogba & Malouda: 9 goals (8 league)


Referee: Chris Foy

Assistant referees: Mike Mullarkey & Ceri Richards

Fourth official: Mike Dean


Bolton (L0-2 v Stoke, a): Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Mark Davies, Muamba (Moreno 66), Holden (Cohen 83), Taylor (Petrov 66), Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs not used: Bogdan, Blake, Alonso

Chelsea (W2-0 v Blackburn, h): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien (McEachran 80), Ramires, Lampard, Anelka (Kalou 79), Drogba, Malouda (Sturridge 87). Subs not used: Turnbull, Mikel, Ferreira, Bruma.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport