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  • on 25.08.2011
  • at 10:50 AM
  • by KT

Liverpool v Bolton Wanderers – Match Preview

Saturday 27th Aug 2011, 5.30 pm KO, Anfield  (SS2)

Liverpool will host Bolton Wanderers in Saturday’s live evening kick-off as they look to continue an unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign.

They will be brimming with confidence on the back of a 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend, the first time the Reds had ever won at the Emirates.

Dalglish’s side are also in the hat for Round 3 of the Carling Cup after their 3-1 win at Exeter in midweek, avoiding a repeat of their early exit at the hands of League One side Northampton last season.

Despite not having Danny Sturridge up front this season, the Trotters have found goals easy to come by so far this campaign, scoring six goals in their first two Premier League games.

That said, they will be looking to tighten things up at the back, after conceding three against Man City at home last week in a 3-2 defeat.

Liverpool won both the home (2-1) and away (1-0) games against Bolton last season with late goals, so the Trotters will be looking to make sure they play to the final whistle this time around.

The Reds are 4/9 (Paddy Power) to take the three points whilst Bolton are 15/2 (Boylesports) to cause an Anfield upset.

Liverpool v Bolton – Team News

Despite not being fully fit following his Copa America exploits in the summer, Luis Suarez has still netted in each of his three appearances so far. Fellow striker Andy Carroll looks to be finding his feet too having got off the mark in midweek, albeit against Exeter in the Carling Cup.

Kenny Dalglish will have a nearly-full squad to pick from, with only Steven Gerrard (groin) and Glen Johnson (knee) unavailable.

Owen Coyle on the other hand will have a number of injury concerns, with Chung-Yong Lee, Stuart Holden, Sam Ricketts and Sean Davis all sidelined with injury.  Right back Gretar Steinsson is also a doubt after picking up a foot injury last weekend.

The manager will be looking for more of the same from his front line after Croation forward Ivan Klasnic and captain Kevin Davies have managed three goals between them so far in the league.

Coyle will have one eye on the upcoming games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea and will want to pick up as many points as possible in the early part of the season, meaning getting something from this game is crucial.

Probable Line-ups

Liverpool (4-4-2): Reina| Kelly, Carragher, Agger, Enrique | Henderson, Adam, Lucas, Downing | Carroll , Suarez.

Bolton (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen | Wheater, Cahill, Knight, Robinson | Eagles, Reo-Coker, Muamba, Petrov | Davies, Klasnic.

Liverpool v Bolton – Betting Tips

Although we expect Liverpool to win this game, we fancy a few goals too as both teams are better going forward than they are at the back.

With that in mind we’ll be backing Liverpool HT/FT (11/10 – Paddy Power) and Over 2.5 goals (8/11 – bet365).

More of this weekend’s Premier League Previews:
* Aston Villa v Wolves »

Liverpool v Bolton – Match Stats

  • Bolton picked up just 24% of their points away from home last season, the lowest in the division
  • Bolton kept just 5 clean sheets last season, the join-second lowest in the division (compared to Liverpool’s 14)
  • Bolton are notorioulsy slow starters, winning at half-time in just 2 of their 19 away games, the third lowest in the league
  • Liverpool picked up a total of just 4 points from games when their opponents took the lead last season (losing 11 of the 13)
  • Liverpool picked up 69% of their points at home last season, one of the highest ratios in the league
  • Liverpool conceded 66% of their goals in the 2nd half last term, the 2nd highest in the Premier League
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