Goodison Park is set to witness Premier League action, as Everton take on Bolton in match week 20, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. A win in the game will push the Toffees, past Sunderland, into the top 10, on the league table.
To find out what time the match between Everton and Bolton is due to kick off, take a look at the EPL schedule.
Everton are coming off a 1-0 away win over West Brom, in match week 19. After what turned out to a drab game Victor Anichebe’s earned his side three full points with a late strike. In fact, it was Anichebe’s first league goal in 22 months that transpired when he pounced on a poor header from Paul Scharner on 86 minutes, and scored at close range. Serving Toffees’ cause, West Brom did not have a single shot at the rival goal, barring Peter Odemwingie’s dipping volley that went over the bar. Everton did not create many chances either with Magaye Gueye coming closest to scoring with a volley that the West Brom keeper had no difficulty keeping out.
In match week 19, Bolton hosted Wolves to a 1-1 stalemate. The result pushed Bolton to the bottom of the league. Bolton took the lead when Sam Ricketts returning to the side after 10 months missed owing to injury effected a curling shot into Wolves’ goal. But Wolves levelled the score after the break when Matt Jarvis’s cross was headed in by Fletcher. Botlon had a few more chances to score with a Fabrice Muamba shot and a Gretar Steinsson header failing to break the deadlock.
Head to head, in the last 10 years, Everton and Bolton have met in 20 league games, with Everton winning on 11 occasions and Bolton on 6, with the remaining 3 games ending in stalemates. The last time these teams met was in November 2011; that first leg match hosted by the Wanderers ended 2-0 in the visitors’ favour.
Everton have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 4 of their last 10 league matches, while Bolton have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 7 of their last 10 games.
Currently in 11th place on the league table, Everton have hosted 9 home games, this season, winning 3, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 4; Bolton who are bottom of the league in 20th place on the table have had 3 wins and 6 losses, in their 9 games on the road.
Everton’s starting eleven against West Brom: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Rodwell, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Cahill, Saha.
Bolton’s starting eleven against Wolves: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Ricketts, Muamba, Petrov, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Klasnic, Ngog
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