Liverpool vs Bolton English Premier League Preview

by Punter's Hero on August 27, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Fifth-place Liverpool takes on eight-place Bolton at home at Anfield in an English Premier League matchup on Aug. 25th.

Liverpool is off to a decent start this season after a 1-1 opening day draw at home with Sunderland and then an impressive 2-0 win away at Arsenal. They also beat Exeter 3-1 in a Carling Cup match. Bolton started the season on a high note with a 4-0 win away at newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers before being brought back to earth with a 3-2 loss at home to Manchester City. They followed that up with a 2-1 win over Macclesfield in the Carling Cup on Aug. 24th.

Liverpool has struggled in recent years with mediocre teams such as Bolton and their opening-day draw with Sunderland shows they haven’t shaken that trend yet. Losing or drawing against these teams, especially at home, won’t see them win the league as too many points are dropped in the process. If they’re going to be serious contenders for the EPL crown this year they have to start winning games such as this.

However, Liverpool has a pretty good record against Bolton lately and have beaten them the last five times at Anfield. Bolton’s main weapon is striker Kevin Davies as Daniel Sturridge was returned to Chelsea after filling the net for Bolton last season while on loan. However, Ivan Klasnic, and Martin Petrov are pretty useful players as well.

Liverpool has strengthened the squad over the off-season with the addition of midfielders Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, and Jordan Henderson as well as defender Luis Enrique from Newcastle. Strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are both fit, but defender Glen Johnson is struggling for fitness and captain Steven Gerrard is still out of action. However, midfielder Joe Cole still can’t even earn a spot on the bench. Bolton has some decent defenders in Zat Knight and Gary Cahill, but Liverpool also has winger Dirk Kuyt to pose some problems.

While all the experts insist you have to win the midfield battles to be victorious, it doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t put the ball in the net. Just ask Arsenal. This is where Liverpool outshines Bolton as they have more naturally offensive-gifted players.

If Suarez, Kuyt, Carroll, Downing, and Adam play up to their potential then Liverpool should take another three points from Bolton here.

Sportsbook William Hill has Liverpool favoured with odds of them winning at 2/5 with the odds of a Bolton victory at 13/2 and a draw listed at 7/2.

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