Premier League Preview: Bolton vs Chelsea

by Punter's Hero on October 2, 2011

in Football, Latest News

Bolton, the English Premier League’s last-place team, will take on third-place Chelsea on Oct. 2nd at tome at Reebok Stadium in what appears to be a bit of a mismatch. Bolton has one win and five losses in six games for just three points while Chelsea has four wins, a draw and a loss for 13 points after six matches.

Bolton won their first game of the season 4-0 away to newly promote Queens Park Rangers and the wheels have fallen off since then. Chelsea’s only loss was 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford. They drew away 1-1 with Valencia on Wednesday night in a Champions League contest.

Striker Daniel Sturridge should be in Chelsea’s lineup after being out on loan at Bolton last season where he scored several goals and gained a lot of confidence. Sturridge managed to score eight goals for Bolton in 12 games while Fernando Torres was firing blanks at Chelsea after being transferred from Liverpool for a ridiculous amount of money.

Sturridge has shown he’s just as good if not better than Torres when it comes to scoring goals and should make his debut for England in the near future, perhaps as early as next weekend when England travels to Montenegro for a crucial Euro 2012 qualifying match. Torres will actually miss this game anyway as he’s suspended for his two-foot tackle against Swansea last weekend.

Bolton has been simply brutal and has lost 10 out of their past EPL games going back to last year’s campaign. It’s a miracle that manager Owen Coyle hangs on to his job there. His excuse this year is that his club has to face the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea in the first few weeks of the season.

Coyle hopes that defender Gary Cahill is back in the squad, but it looks like American midfielder Stuart Holden will be out for another six months with a serious knee injury. Cahill missed last week’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal with an illness.

The problem is, Holden and Cahill are two of Bolton’s best players and without them in the lineup it’s going to be hard for them to get anything out of this game. Chelsea should walk away with a two-goal win.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of a Bolton win at 11/2 and a Chelsea victory at 8/15. A draw is listed at 14/5.


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