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Bolton v Liverpool: Hosts to end dismal record against Liverpool

| 21.01.2012

Bolton may logically be a weaker defensive unit without the recently-departed Gary Cahill, but this should not prevent them gaining a result from Liverpool’s visit to the Reebok Stadium.

Historically, Bolton can count Liverpool among their most irritating opposition, losing all of their last ten Premier League encounters with the Reds.

Meanwhile, the fact that Bolton have only triumphed in one of their last 13 top-flight home matches against any opposition does not inspire much confidence that they will beat Liverpool.

All avenues seem to point towards an away success and Liverpool’s odds are 4/6 to beat Bolton.

But Bolton have showed some signs of an improvement of late, taking seven points from their last five league encounters.

They may have also lost 3-0 to Manchester United in their latest fixture, but they did not play overly badly and with some added composure in front of goal they could have made the final scoreline a lot closer.

Away goals have additionally proved fairly hard to come by for Liverpool of late, as they have failed to find the target in three of their last four Premier League showdowns on the road.

Bolton are 9/2 in the Premier League odds to beat Liverpool and the draw is available at 5/2.

However, what may prove the best bet for punters is the 11/10 in the double chance market that Bolton win or draw with Liverpool.

Now that he is back playing, Steven Gerrard will be expected to be the driving force behind Liverpool’s attacking forages and is 5/1 to open the scoring, the same price as strike duo Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy.

Martin Petrov scored for Bolton in their FA Cup success over Macclesfield and may be overpriced at 12/1 to be the first goalscorer.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.