Bolton v Everton

Last updated : 11 February 2011 By BBC Sport

Everton could be without in-form striker Louis Saha, who reportedly faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring in training.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell will be out for about a month after injuring his groin on England Under-21 duty.


Doubtful: Steinsson (knee)

Injured: S Davis & J O'Brien (both knee), Gardner (thigh), Samuel (calf/fitness)


Injured: Barkley (leg), Rodwell (groin), Saha (hamstring)


Owen Coyle said last year that David Moyes' tenure as Everton manager is the "blueprint" for what he wants to achieve at the Reebok. If the Toffees represent the benchmark for Bolton, then Coyle must be pretty satisfied - Wanderers begin the weekend five places and three points above Moyes' men.

If David Moyes was manager of one of the elite clubs, he would be winning trophies

Bolton boss Owen Coyle

However, Coyle's side have lost ground of late, losing five of their last seven league games, and an Everton win on Sunday would mean the Merseysiders leapfrog them in the table.

Bolton came away empty handed from last week's trip to Tottenham but could easily have claimed all three points had Mark Clattenburg awarded a penalty for Benoit Assou-Ekotto's trip on Gary Cahill. Coyle is likely to get a sympathetic ear from Moyes; Everton are the only Premier League side yet to win a penalty, despite being the top flight's most-fouled side.

Like Coyle, Moyes has to work with a limited budget at Goodison. Everton this week revealed their latest accounting figures, which show club debt has risen ?7m to ?44.9m. Chief executive Robert Elstone admits there is little money available for transfers this summer but insists the club do not have to cash in on the likes of Jack Rodwell or Marouane Fellaini.

Everton recorded their third win in 15 top-flight games thanks to Louis Saha's four-goal haul against Blackpool, but the Frenchman is reportedly set to miss Sunday's game through injury. Bolton's leading scorer, Johan Elmander, has netted only once in his last 12 league appearances, but the club remain keen to keep him at the Reebok and have reportedly re-opened negotiations over a new deal.



• Bolton have only won one of their last nine games against Everton, losing six of those matches.

• The first league meeting of these clubs ended in Bolton's first Football League victory - 6-2 at home in September 1888.

• According to Opta statistics, referees have penalised Bolton 357 times this term, more than any Premier League side (at the start of the weekend). Everton, meanwhile, have been fouled more than any other top-flight team (346).

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• Wanderers have won only one of their last seven league games, losing five of those matches.

• Daniel Sturridge has scored in his first two Premier League matches for Bolton. The last player to score in his opening three top-flight games for Wanderers was Michael Ricketts in August 2001.

• Bolton are unbeaten in 13 games against teams in the bottom half of the table this term (W5, D8).


• Louis Saha has scored eight goals in his last six games. The Frenchman netted four goals against Blackpool last weekend to record his first Premier League hat-trick.

• Victory at Manchester City in December is Everton's only away win in their last nine league games.

• David Moyes is one short of collecting 500 points as a Premier League manager. He would be the fourth manager to reach the milestone after Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.



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


Cahill: 9 goals (9 league); Saha: 9 goals (6 league)


Referee: Lee Probert

Assistant referees: Ceri Richards & Paul Thompson

Fourth official: Jon Moss


Bolton (L1-2 v Tottenham, a): Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Elmander (Lee 68), M Davies, Holden (Muamba 87), Taylor (Petrov 77), K Davies, Sturridge. Subs not used: Bogdan, Klasnic, Moreno, Wheater.

Everton (W5-3 v Blackpool, h): Howard; Neville, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell (Beckford 70), Bilyaletdinov (Cahill 70), Fellaini, Saha (Jagielka 86). Subs not used: Mucha, Hibbert, Osman, Anichebe.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport