29 February 2008

Bolton vs LFC 2 March 2008 9.30pm

Bolton defender Nicky Hunt: "It's a fantastic achievement for Bolton to get into the last 16 of the Uefa Cup and everyone involved with the club are made up, but the Premier League is our main focus.
"I don't have any concerns that an extended run in Europe will affect our League form and, in fact, fitness levels are getting higher with each game.
"There is no problem with the physical side of things - it's top drawer - and there is not a problem with the mental side of things either."
Liverpool enter this round of matches just outside the top four, three points behind Everton; Bolton three points above the trap door.
The Merseysiders have won just two of their last eight league matches, and have drawn more times than any other club (11).
Bolton have lost their two and are in danger of tumbling to three on the bounce for the first time since the losing their opening trio of fixtures to the season.
Liverpool have won six away league games, as many as Bolton have mustered home and away.
This is Gary Megon's 25th game in charge of the Trotters; Liverpool are chasing a 75th Premier League victory under Rafa Benitez.
Wanderers have lost their last four North-West derbies; the Reds have lost one of the last nine, and that to Manchester United (0-1 at home on 16 December).
The Reebok Stadium was the scene of Benitez' first defeat as Liverpool manager on 29 August 2004.
Club stats
Fixtures (all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures, and refer to stats and sequences in the Premier League only, unless stated otherwise)
1. Won two of nine.
2. Last lost three consecutive games between 11 and 18 August, against Newcastle (h), Fulham (a) and Portsmouth (a).
3. Won five of the 17 under Gary Megson.
4. Used 30 players; only Derby (34) and Fulham (33) have fielded more.
5. Not won any of the 14 matches in which the opening goal has been conceded.
6. Holding the tightest defence in the bottom half of the table; 39 conceded in 27.
7. Won only one of the last nine against the 'Big Four'; that being 1-0, home to Manchester United on 24 November 2007.
8. On the longest current run without a score-draw of 15 matches.
9. Not scored in two home games, or 227 minutes (three hours 47 minutes) at the Reebok since Kevin Nolan's effort in the 1-2 defeat to Blackburn on 13 January. Last failed to score in three on the spin in front of the home supporters on 28 December 2004 (a trio of 0-1 defeats to Portsmouth, Manchester City and Blackburn).
10. The home and away legs against Sporting in the Uefa Cup will be played before two more North-West derbies, away to Wigan and home to Manchester City. Arsenal then visit the Reebok at the end of the month.
Club stats
Fixtures (all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premier League fixtures, and refer to stats and sequences in the Premier League only, unless stated otherwise)
1. Won two of three, and lost one of 10.
2. Drawn five of the last eight.
3. Lost three times; only Arsenal have been beaten less frequently (just once).
4. Conceded 19 goals; only Manchester United (15) and Chelsea (17) have shipped fewer. Also, allowed the opposition to score first in six games; only Manchester United can better that (five times).
5. Shown 35 cards (all yellow); only Everton have a better disciplinary record with 31 cards (28 yellow, three red).
6. Registered five goalless draws. Only Portsmouth have also been involved in as many as that.
7. Scored eight in the last five minutes; only Manchester United exceed that with 10.
8. Picked up three points from the last 12 available away, and not won on the road since a 1-2 triumph at Derby on Boxing Day.
9. Lost only twice away from home; only Arsenal have a better record with one defeat. Also, failed to score in 199 minutes on the road (three hours 19 minutes) since Fernando Torres' equaliser at Middlesbrough on 12 January.
10. Two home fixtures against West Ham and Newcastle follow this, before the Champions League return against Inter Milan in Italy (Liverpool lead 2-0). Then it's home to Reading, away to Manchester United, home to Everton in the Merseyside derby and away to Arsenal at the beginning of April.
Nicolas ANELKA, now a Chelsea player, is Bolton's leading scorer with 11 goals.
The Frenchman is also the clubs' leading marksman in the Premier League with 10.
The top scorers amongst current players are El-Hadji DIOUF and Kevin NOLAN with five each.
NOLAN is leading Premier League goalscorer amongst current players with five.
NOLAN is a one shy of 50 club career goals.
Kevin DAVIES needs one to reach 100 club career goals (Chesterfield, Southampton, Blackburn, Millwall and Bolton). Jussi JAASKALAINEN is the only player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Bolton's Premier League matches this season.
If selected:-
DIOUF will be facing a former club. The 27 year old Senegal international made 80 appearances (55 in the league) and scored six goals (three league) for Liverpool between June 2002 and his move to the Reebok three years later.
Matthew TAYLOR will be making his 150th Premier League appearance (Portsmouth and Bolton).
Fernando TORRES is Liverpool's top scorer with 21 goals, and their leading marksman in the Premier League with 15. Goalkeeper Jose REINA is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of Liverpool's Premier League matches this season.
If selected:-
Jamie CARRAGHER will be making his 350th career league appearance - all for Liverpool in the Premier League.
Liverpool have not won at Bolton in the Premier League since Emile Heskey scored an 88th minute winner in a 2-3 victory on 14 September 2002. That was also the last season they did the double over the Trotters.
On six of the last seven occasions when these clubs have met, the side playing at home has kept a clean sheet.
Liverpool won the reverse fixture 4-0, and the last two meetings with Bolton by an aggregate of 7-0, but Bolton took the spoils on their last clash at the Reebok with two unanswered goals.
Home and awayLeague (inc PL): Bolton 35 wins, Liverpool 45, Draws 29Prem: Bolton 3 wins, Liverpool 10, Draws 4
at Bolton onlyLeague (inc PL): Bolton 25 wins, Liverpool 16, Draws 13Prem: Bolton 3 wins, Liverpool 2, Draws 3
Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Liverpool
30 September 2006
Ref: Phil Dowd
Bolton scorers: Speed 30, Campo 51
Liverpool 4-0 Bolton Wanderers
2 December 2007
Ref: Steve Bennett
Liverpool scorers: Hyypia 17, Torres 45, Gerrard 56 pen, Babel 86

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