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Premier League preview: Everton v Bolton

4 January 2012 14:58

Everton will be aiming to continue their impressive run of form with a win at home to struggling Bolton on Wednesday.

David Moyes' men are struggling to score goals, but their ability to restrict their opposition has been vital in a four-match unbeaten run in the English Premier League.

Everton's 19 goals is the lowest tally of any top-10 side, and their top scorers - Leighton Baines, Leon Osman and Apostolos Vellios - have netted just three times.

But they will be expected to extend their unbeaten run to five matches when Owen Coyle's men visit Goodison Park.

Coyle is under pressure to keep his job with his team anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.

The clash with Everton is vital for both Bolton and Coyle ahead of three tough outings.

They meet Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to finish January, although positive results could kick-start their battle to avoid relegation.

Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic has been a rare shining light for Bolton, finding the net seven times and providing four assists.

The problem has been in defence, having conceded 42 times in 19 league games - a record worse only than Blackburn's 43.

But Bolton's weak defence comes up against a side struggling in the attacking third.

Nigerian Victor Anichebe came on to score an 87th-minute winner against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but Moyes has said he will refrain from rushing the striker back into the starting line-up.

Everton have been leaving it late, with four of their past six league goals coming in the last 10 minutes of matches.

Royston Drenthe, who has assisted five goals this season, may also be unavailable because of illness, while Marouane Fellaini and Seamus Coleman are likely to miss with abductor and thigh problems respectively.

Bolton have been without their best starting line-up for the majority of the season, with the likes of Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-Yong, Sean Davis and Tyrone Mears missing.

Moyes and his men will be expected to collect three points, while Bolton desperately need a win ahead of a tough run.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
4 January 2012
Game week
20
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
29561

Goals

T. Howard 63'
(assist by S. Distin) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
1 - 2
78' G. Cahill
 (assist by C. Eagles)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2
12
5 78' 90+1'
18
7
19 20'
10
16
6
24 12' 67'
Coach: O. Coyle

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
26
19
17
1
7
14
28
# Player Bookings
21
14
4
9
17
31
43

Monday 29 December

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13:34
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06:18
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00:54
00:15

Sunday 28 December

23:47
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21:20
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20:07
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11:23
10:54
10:38
07:46
05:01
04:15
03:33
03:13
02:44
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02:03
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Saturday 27 December

23:31
20:06
19:46
19:20
18:41
17:52
17:39
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16:43
16:38
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12:11
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11:32
11:03
10:30
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09:48
08:32
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 19 +27 46
2 19 +24 43
3 19 +14 36
4 19 +17 33
5 19 +11 33
6 19 +7 31
7 19 +0 31
8 18 +4 28
9 19 -6 26
10 18 -2 25
11 19 -2 25
12 19 -2 21
13 19 -11 21
14 19 -11 20
15 19 -13 18
16 19 -10 17
17 19 -8 16
18 19 -10 16
19 19 -15 16
20 19 -14 13

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