Bolton v Everton
All three missed the win over Wolves but David Moyes will be keen to welcome them back to his squad. Neville has a hamstring injury, Rodwell returned from international duty with a rib problem, while Distin has been sidelined with a groin injury. Victor Anichebe (groin) is just returning to training after his spell out.
The Trotters, meanwhile, have a lengthy list of absentees, including: Mikel Alonso (ankle), Ricardo Gardner (hip), Tyrone Mears (broken leg), Chung Yong Lee (broken leg), Stuart Holden (knee), Sean Davis (knee) and Sam Ricketts (calf). Dedryck Boyata may return following an ankle problem.
The Blues recorded a welcome victory over Wolves at the weekend following a horrid run of six defeats in seven. That sequence is slightly distorted, however, with their six losses coming against teams currently residing in the top seven of the table.
Bolton are in the bottom three having made an anguished start to their campaign.
They have won just twice all season and have lost five out of six at home.
EFC (last six): Wolves (H) – won 2-1; Newcastle (A) – lost 2-1; Man United (H) – lost 1-0; Chelsea, Carling Cup (H); - lost 2-1 (AET); Fulham (A) – won 3-1; Chelsea (A) – lost 3-0.
Bolton (last six): West Brom (A) – lost 2-1; Stoke (H) – won 5-0; Swansea (A) – lost 3-1; Arsenal, Carling Cup (A) – lost 2-1; Sunderland (H) – lost 2-0; Wigan (A) – won 3-1.
Everton defender Leighton Baines: “It is going to be another difficult game. We have found it hard there the last couple of years. We know what it is about but we will take confidence (from beating Wolves) and may have relieved pressure on ourselves. Hopefully that will take the shackles off a little bit and allow us to play a bit more football. But it is a results-based business and at the moment the three points is all that matters.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle: "Everton have got top players, with the likes of Fellaini, Saha and Cahill. These are top players in any team in the league. We have to be ready for them and we will be. It's always a great game against Everton because there are two committed teams.
Bolton 2 Everton 0 (13/2/2011): David Moyes described this defeat as a low point after Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge sentenced the Blues to a demoralising defeat.
Everton 3 Bolton 2 (4/12/2004): A late own goal from giant defender Radhi Jaidi gave the Blues all three points in this Goodison goal-fest.
Kevin Davies put the visitors ahead only for Duncan Ferguson to level matters. Davies struck again before Thomas Gravesen fired the hosts level. Jaidi’s own goal – headed past his own keeper – put the Blues ahead for the first time in the game was good enough for three points.
There have been a number of players that have appeared for both Bolton and Everton over the years particularly in the central midfield area. Former league title winner Peter Reid, Gary Speed and Gavin McCann have all played for the Toffees and the Trotters. Current reserve team boss Alan Stubbs made over 200 appearances for the Lancashire club before making the switch to Goodison.
Everton have enjoyed the better of this fixture over the years winning 73 of the 147 meetings between the sides. Bolton have come out on top 39 times and there have been 37 draws.
When Everton beat Bolton 3-0 in February 2009, it was the first ever game where two different Blues players have scored penalties in the same game, with Mikel Arteta and Jo both successful from the spot.
Some of the bets on offer with club partner 188bet are:
Everton to win @ 2.25 (5/4)
Everton to win 2-1 @ 9.00 (8/1)
Over 2.5 goals in the match @ 1.90 (just shy of 10/11)
Everton to score first @ 1.78 (just shy of 4/5).
Tim Cahill FGS @ 6.50 (11/2).
Louis Saha FGS @ 6.50 (11/2).
Jack Rodwell FGS @ 12.00 (11/1).