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Everton v. Bolton Wanderers

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The result against Wolves wasn't exactly the best thing for Bolton Wanderers but it certainly wasn't the worst result as the single point that was result of the match will go some distance in ensuring Bolton's safety. It's a new year, a new transfer window, and a new chance for survival. Four points separate Bolton Wanderers from safety at the moment and that is by no means a gap that we cannot overcome. Three points from the Everton match coupled with Blackburn, Wolverhampton, and Queens Park Rangers losses in the 20th round of fixtures would do nicely to take a step towards leaving the drop zone.

There are no fresh Bolton Wanderers injuries to speak of so the likely choice for Owen Coyle would be to start the same lineup that took the field against Wolves on New Years Eve. The David Ngog - Ivan Klasnic partnership is beginning to look good but has yet to pay dividends with neither striker having yet scored a goal in the time that they have played together. The two players are passing well between each other but finding the back of the net must be a priority for whatever the attacking options are with no forward having scored a goal for Bolton Wanderers since Ivan Klasnic pulled one back against Aston Villa, 395 minutes of football ago.

Everton are on a four match unbeaten streak following a draw against Sunderland and a late winner from Victor Anichebe against West Bromwich Albion. The Toffees will already be riding high spirits that will be further boosted by the return of Landon Donovan to the side on a two month loan deal from LA Galaxy. He likely will not get the start against Bolton but his presence, much like Stuart Holden's against Blackburn, might be enough.

With four points currently separating Bolton Wanderers from Premier League safety, a win against Everton would go a long way. Any result in Bolton's favor, however, would do nicely.