Bolton Wanderers v Everton
David Moyes could call on the services of fit-again Kevin Mirallas from the start for the first time since early December after he made a 25-minute cameo at Southampton on Monday evening. The Blues boss will definitely be without Seamus Coleman however, while Darron Gibson (thigh) and Tony Hibbert (calf) also remain on the sidelines.
Dougie Freedman is expected to make several changes to his team from the one that drew 0-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend. Andy Lonergan could start in goal, while youngster Josh Vela is also in contention for a midfield slot. Marvin Sordell – scorer of both goals in the Whites’ replay win at Sunderland – is likely to spearhead the attack and Stuart Holden is pressing for his first start in 18 months following his recovery from a long-term knee problem. Saturday’s tie, however, will come too soon for David Wheater who is nearing full fitness after nine months on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury.
Last outing: 0-0 (a) Southampton, Monday 21 January
Last six: WLWWDD
Everton will make the short journey to the Reebok Stadium on the back of a four-match unbeaten run. Goals may have been hard to come by in the last two matches but, equally, David Moyes’ team have been resilient in defence as two back-to-back stalemates suggest.
Last outing: 0-0 (a) Crystal Palace, Saturday 19 January
Last six: WLDDWD
Bolton’s form can be summarised in one word – erratic. They have yet to record two successive victories this season, hence their 16th placed standing in the Championship after 28 matches. Wanderers are currently 12 points adrift of the play-offs and 16 off the automatic promotion places. Dougie Freedman’s record since taking control at the end of October is: five victories, eight draws and four defeats from 17 matches, which equates to a win percentage of 29.41.
1. Should Phil Jagielka feature on Saturday afternoon, he will be making his 200th competitive appearance for Everton.
2. Everton last knocked Bolton out of the FA Cup in 1908, a 3-1 win courtesy of goals from Alex 'Sandy' Young (2) and Jimmy Settle.
3. This is the 12th season in succession that Everton will play at the Reebok Stadium. The Toffees were the first visitors to their £25million home in September 1997 following Bolton’s move from their previous ground Burnden Park.
Everton 1-2 Bolton Wanderers, 4 January 2012
Everton’s last game against Bolton, on a windy winter night at Goodison Park, is best remembered for Tim Howard’s freak goal - a 100-yard clearance which bounced over his counterpart Adam Bogdan. The Trotters recovered from that setback to take all three points, with Gary Cahill netting a late winner in his farewell appearance for the club.
Duncan Ferguson scored his only Everton hat-trick in the Blues' festive win over Bolton in 1997. The big Scot had put his team two goals up, only for Wanderers to hit back with strikes from Gudni Bergsson and Scott Sellars in the immediate moments before half-time. Despite that blow, the Blues had the last laugh as Ferguson completed his treble midway through the second period.
Traditionally, 26 January is a date in which FA Cup fourth round ties are played and, indeed, five of Everton’s last six fixtures on this day have been in that competition. The one exception was in 1993 when Howard Kendall took his team to south London to play Wimbledon – a game watched by a staggeringly low crowd of just 3,039 supporters. The Blues were comfortable winners as a brace from Tony Cottee and a rare goal by Ian Snodin contributed towards a 3-1 win.
Peter Reid is one of the biggest names that springs to mind when it comes to players who have represented both Bolton and Everton. The Huyton-born evertonfc.com columnist gave eight years’ service to Bolton at the start of his career before making the switch to Goodison Park in 1982. Others who have a foot in both camps include Gavin McCann, Gareth Farrelly, John O’Kane, Alan Stubbs, Alan Ball, Peter Beardsley and Gary Speed. Elsewhere, Blues legend Colin Harvey was Wanderers’ chief scout up until the summer of last year.
David Moyes’ team will be backed by a sell-out support after Evertonians snapped up all of their allocated 4,723 tickets within four days of going on sale. For those fans that aren’t travelling to the match, live commentary will be available on evertonfc.com shortly before kick-off. Alternatively, follow text updates via the club’s official Twitter account, @Everton.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referee: Lee Betts
Assistant Referee: Peter Kirkup
Fourth Official: Tony Bates
Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Saturday’s game. Here's a section of the best:
Everton to win: 4/6
Everton to win 3-0: 11/1
Marouane Fellaini to score first: 5/1
Bolton half-time/Everton full-time: 20/1
Kevin Mirallas to score first and Everton to win 2-1: 28/1