Alright. The season really starts again at the weekend when the mighty Wanderers take on Everton on their return to the Reebok. Trotters fans had such high hopes of a result against West Brom last week but when Shane Long rose highest over the Bolton defense to take all three points, the supporters were once again down on their luck. When asked about their last run out, Owen Coyle said of his team: "Disappointment is an understatement."
Injuries certainly don't help Bolton's still unfortunate position in the bottom three as Joe Riley is set to miss the Everton match. We reported that he suffered a hamstring injury in training to add another name to the ever growing injury list in the depths of the Reebok Stadium. Joe Riley joins the likes of Mikel Alonso, Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Mears, Chung Yong Lee, Stuart Holden, Sean Davis, Rob Lainton, Josh Vela, and Sam Ricketts among a few others. Owen Coyle will hope for a boost in the potential return of Dedryck Boyata to the squad but he will be left sweating as it is likely to be a game-time decision.
Everton on the other hand will worry about the fitness of Jack Rodwell, Sylvain Distin, and Phil Neville who might be able to play against Bolton after having missed Everton's win against Wolves. Victor Anichebe is out for the visitors, having just returned to training after a groin injury.
Ivan Klasnic will look to continue his excellent goal scoring form this season after putting the ball into the back of the net six times so far this season. Coyle will need to find a way to get Bolton scoring again but we expect him to partner the Croatian number 17 goal machine with Kevin Davies in an effort to have SKD set him up in front of goal.
The last time these two teams met, Bolton walked away 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge. The Trotters want to keep the momentum of the 5-0 win against Stoke going but will have to look deep within themselves to get past a resurgent Everton side coming off a 2-1 win in their last outing.
Bolton currently sit in 18th place on 9 points while Everton occupy 12th place on 13 points. A Bolton win with other results going their way can see the Trotters climb as high as 14th, getting them outside of the drop zone for the first time in a while.