Bolton Wanderers vs Liverpool
21 January 2012
Total Appearances: 131
Liverpool Wins: 56
Bolton Wins: 43
Last Premier League Meeting: 27 August 2011 – Liverpool 3-1 Bolton (Henderson, Skrtel, Adam)
Liverpool: The rollercoaster-ness of the season to date has been unbearable if you are a Liverpool fan, and that continued a week ago as the Reds battled to a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Stoke. Kenny Dalglish’s men have taken just six points from their last five games, and have taken only 11 points from a possible 15 against teams currently in the bottom five, numbers that do not bode well for the Bolton draw. They need drastic improvements if they are to return to the hallowed top-four. Liverpool currently sit in sixth, but a win could see them rise to fifth.
Bolton: Much like Liverpool, Bolton have struggled in the Premier League this season under Owen Coyle, having won just five of their 21 games and taking no more than 17 points. They have taken seven points from their last 10 games, and a possible demotion to the Championship ranks is drawing closer. Bolton currently lie in 19th, but with a win will jump out of the relegation zone and climb to 16th.
Liverpool: For now, the Reds are relatively fit compared to most of their rivals. Jay Spearing is questionable with a hamstring injury, while Daniel Agger is likely to return after taking a knock against Manchester City in the League Cup. Lucas remains out with his ACL tear, but is expected to be in attendance at the Reebok Stadium. Luis Suarez serves the fifth game of his eight-game suspension.
Bolton: Bolton, on the other hand, have suffered badly after numerous bites from the injury bug. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaskelainen is out with a hip injury, defender Tyrone Mears has a broken leg, key midfielders Ricardo Gardner, Stuart Holden, and Chung-Yong Lee are all out with separate ailments, and Marcos Alonso and Sean Davis are both likely to be out of action against the Reds. You can’t help but think that had Bolton been better off injury-wise, they would be better off in the league table as well.
Martin Skrtel vs Ivan Klasnic: Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic is one of the more natural frontmen in the Premier League, and he has proved it this season, scoring seven goals in his 14 games. He is the man his teammates look for when they are attacking, and it is up to Skrtel to keep him at bay.
Liverpool attack vs Adam Bogdan: With Jussi Jaskelainen out injured, Hungarian Adam Bogdan has been forced to step in, and his performances have been nothing short of heroic. He is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2011/12 season, and there are whispers that top teams might soon be calling his name. He has been brilliant in net, but Manchester United showed a week ago that when the volume of shots gets too high, he is (eventually) beatable. Liverpool need to pepper Bogdan from everywhere. After all, you always miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take (though with Bogdan that number might be even higher).
Home Win: 5/1
Away Win: 8/13
Anfield Red Score Prediction: Bolton 0-1 Liverpool2 Comments