Chelsea vs Bolton – Match preview and prediction

Two wins in the last ten Premier League games is not form of a side who finished second in the Premier League table last season. Chelsea were formidable under Carlo Ancelotti and many were puzzled as to why Blues owner Roman Abramovich dismissed the Italian in the Goodison Park tunnel on the final day. The Russian forked out around £15m to bring highly-rated Andre Villas-Boas from Porto after he had led the Portuguese side to the league, cup and Europa League. Villas-Boas has failed to justify the hype that surrounded…

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Miyaichi completes Arsenal loan exit to Bolton

Arsenal midfielder Ryo Miyaichi has completed a loan move to Bolton Wanderers for the remainder of the season, reports The Telegraph. The 19-year-old Japanese winger joined Arsenal in 2010, after impressing Arsene Wenger during a summer trial with the club. After signing, he almost immediately joined Dutch side Feyenoord on loan, where he impressed with 3 goals in 12 appearances. In the first half of this season, he remained at Arsenal, but has found his opportunities limited by the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Thus far, he has only made two…

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Bolton admit interest in Dos Santos

Tottenham forward Giovani Dos Santos has emerged as a £4m target for struggling Bolton Wanderers, The Daily Star reports. Bolton boss Owen Coyle has money to spend after Gary Cahill completed his £7m move to Chelsea yesterday. Wanderers are struggling in the relegation zone and are desperate for some quality to help their bid to survive. Coyle is expected to bring in New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream to replace Cahill, but is interested in other areas to secure his side. Dos Santos has been earmarked as a player…

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Man Utd vs Bolton – Match preview and prediction

Manchester United look to correct their recent slump of two successive Premier League defeats with victory in a local Lancashire derby at Old Trafford against Bolton. United were beaten by struggling Blackburn on New Year’s Eve and then were battered by Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena in their last outing. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side stopped a three game losing streak with a vital win in the FA Cup against local rivals Manchester City last weekend and United will be looking to get back on form in the league. The…

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Chelsea, Blackburn and Bolton urged to look long-term

‘Clubs need to take a long-term view’, Bassett believes Former manager Dave Bassett has stated his view that clubs need to give their managers a longer chance to make an impact than the current trend dictates. This season has seen fewer managerial changes than in previous recent seasons, but Steve Bruce has still lost his job at Sunderland as well as Phil Brown at Preston North End. Bassett enjoyed his fair share of clubs including Leicester City, Sheffield United, Southampton and Wimbledon. The 67 year old was inducted into the…

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Knight backs Cahill for Chelsea success

Bolton defender Zat Knight has backed teammate Gary Cahill to be a success at Chelsea, if he can agree terms with the club, The Telegraph reports. Chelsea have agreed a £7m with Bolton for the England international, but the first meeting between Cahill’s representative and Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay did not reach the expected outcome. Cahill is looking for more money and a better contract than the one currently offered to him by the Blues, but the deal should be completed before the end of next week. The Bolton…

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Bolton Wanderers must do better in 2012

Nine wins in 37 Premier League games in 2011, rock bottom in the table with 13 points, four from safety, Bolton Wanderers are limping in to 2012. When their current financial concerns are also taken in to consideration, Bolton appear to be on the rope. The next 12 months may provide the knockout blow. With debt in excess of £110m and rising, Bolton are reliant on their Isle of Man based owner Eddie Davies to keep them afloat, with the bulk of the debt owed to him, via his company…

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Cahill amongst the value to be found in football’s January sales

In the current tough economic climate, football clubs are sure to be seeking value for money when the transfer window opens next month. Clubs boasting players that have a few months remaining on their existing contracts will also be keen to part with out of favour squad members or recoup some kind of return on contract rebels that can leave for nothing in the summer. Gary Cahill and Junior Hoilett head up this list. Cahill is established at international level and Chelsea have already registered their interest, and Bolton may…

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Bolton vs Newcastle – Match preview and prediction

Bolton will look to take advantage of an out-of-form Newcastle side at the Reebok Stadium as they look to escape their relegation nightmare. Owen Coyle’s men took a vital step to safety by winning their crunch Lancashire derby on Tuesday night against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Bolton fans were delighted to see midfielder Stuart Holden in the crowd against Rovers and the American midfielder is back in full training. Coyle saw Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso taken off with a foot injury, ruling him out for six weeks. Paul Robinson…

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Bolton still in danger despite defeating a Blackburn Rovers outfit that continues to toil

Bolton Wanderers’ win over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night may yet spell the end of the line for Rovers manager Steve Kean, but the Wanderers boss Owen Coyle went a long way towards saving his reputation and his side’s Premier League future with the three points. When the two teams met a year ago, in what proved to be the final match of the Sam Allardyce era at Ewood Park and the ushering in of the age of Kean, Bolton’s 2-1 victory took them to sixth in the table. An…

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Blackburn 1-2 Bolton: Pressure heaped on Kean as Davies and Reo-Coker give Wanderers three precious points

Ewood Park, BlackburnYakubu 67 – M Davies 5, Reo-Coker 30 Blackburn Rovers will spend Christmas Day bottom of the Premier League after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers. Goals from Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker sent Wanderers into a two-goal lead at half-time before Yakubu pulled one back. The result eases the pressure on Owen Coyle but heaps even more onto the beleaguered Steve Kean. The opening period was as scrappy as a battle of the bottom two would suggest. Neither side gained a clear advantage, Davies’…

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Fulham vs Bolton – Match preview and prediction

Fulham will be looking to cure their Europa League headache with a win over lacklustre Bolton at Craven Cottage. The Cottagers were dumped out of the Europa League by a late, late Odense goal on Thursday night. Fulham were inconsistent in that game and have been all season, following their 1-0 win over Liverpool two weeks ago with a poor show against Swansea last weekend. Bobby Zamora faces a late fitness test on his knee, but Simon Davies and Steve Sidwell are both ruled out with back and hernia problems…

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Bolton bottom of the Premier League as Coyle faces his toughest test

Bolton Wanderers fell to the bottom of the Premier League on Saturday following a 2-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, their 13th loss in 15 games and 35th and 36th goals conceded – just 20 have come in reply. Owen Coyle faces a difficult New Year as he attempts to lift the mood at the Reebok Stadium and take his team out of the relegation battle they are undoubtedly currently in. Three points separate the bottom four, and Wigan Athletic in 17th creeping out of the drop zone on the…

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Bolton vs Aston Villa – Match preview and prediction

Two sides struggling for goals face each other at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers host Aston Villa. Owen Coyle’s side have only scored once in their last three outings and were resoundly beaten by Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend. Gary Cahill’s red card in that game has been rescinded and he is in line to start against his former side Villa. Nigel Reo-Coke, another ex-Villa player, is a doubt for the fixture with a hamstring problem and David Wheater serves the second of a four-game ban against…

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Chelsea set to offer McEachran as part of Cahill deal

Chelsea are set to offer Bolton a loan deal with young midfielder Josh McEachran as part of their January offer for defender Gary Cahill, according to the Daily Mail. Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas is thought to want defensive reinforcements following a less than convincing start to the season for David Luiz, and the imminent sale of Alex, who has been linked with a £2m move to Juventus. Chelsea showed interest in the summer for the England international, along with Tottenham, and the same two sides are expected to battle it…

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Tottenham vs Bolton – Match preview and prediction

In-form Tottenham Hotspur, looking to keep themselves in the top four, entertain an out-of-form Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane. Spurs have been fantastic so far this season and they came from behind to beat West Brom 3-1 at the Hawthorns last weekend. Boss Harry Redknapp rested nine first team players against Greek side PAOK Salonika in the Europa League midweek, but the gamble did not pay off as they lost 2-1. Those players should return along with Rafael van der Vaart, who missed the West Brom fixture with a…

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Bolton Club Focus – Thrashed by Chelsea but a half for optimism

Chelsea continued to heap misery upon Owen Coyle’s side by inflicting a 5-1 away win victory over Bolton Wanderers. Not only did this extend the Trotters’ dismal run of form, but it also condemned them to their worst start to a league season for a staggering 109 years. To add further insult to injury Bolton have now lost six successive Premier League matches, conceding 21 goals in seven fixtures. No one can deny that Bolton are in bad shape, and despite their inconceivably difficult start to the season the Trotters…

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Bolton 1-5 Chelsea – Lampard hat-trick condemns Wanderers to heavy defeat

Reebok Stadium, BoltonBoyata 46 – Sturridge 1, 25, Lampard 15, 27, 59 Things do not look so good at the Reebok Stadium at the moment. Rooted firmly to the bottom of the table with six defeats from their first seven games Bolton Wanderers are in some trouble. Their opening-day defeat of Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road seems a long, long time ago now. Many will be moved to point out that their opening seven fixtures have included matches against last season’s top four and Liverpool – a tough start…

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Bolton v Chelsea: Match preview and team news

Bottom of the league Bolton welcome forth place Chelsea to the Reebok Stadium in a match that threatens to go according to form. Owen Coyle’s side have not registered any points since the opening day of the season, when they comprehensively beat Queens Park Rangers 4-0 away from home. They have lost the following five matches, although will take some comfort in the knowledge that the run includes games against Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. Today’s tie ends their run of top of the table clashes. Bolton v…

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Bolton Club Focus – Judge the team after Chelsea match

No team should ever go into a match with their heads down, already having written themselves off, or else they might as well not be there. However, due to a combination of Bolton Wanderer’s poor form, and Chelsea’s growing belief under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, the upcoming match between the sides does have an air of inevitability about it. With Bolton’s current, unfortunately long, injury list containing key players there is just no way the team can compete with the top clubs right now. The scheduling of the Premier League…

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Bolton Club Focus – Coyle must find cure for Wanderers’ defensive ills

Going into the meeting between the two sides, both Arsenal and Bolton were in similar positions, the Gunners with only three wins in their last 16 matches, and the Wanderers with nine defeats in their last 10. Clearly both teams have been struggling to make an impact in the Premier League this season, finding themselves brushed aside by opposing teams and proving to be very weak defensively. Bolton made a decent start to the game and were certainly in the mix from the off, with former Arsenal trainee Darren Pratley…

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The return of Stuart Holden can reverse Bolton’s fortunes

Stuart Holden made his long awaited return from injury in Bolton’s 2-0 win at Aston Villa in the Carling Cup, playing the full 90 minutes, having missed the previous six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. “Considering Stuart has been out for so long after a horrendous injury, for him to play with such intensity and at the level he did tonight was great,” Bolton manager Owen Coyle said after the game. “I’ve always said we are a better team with him in it, not just because of his…

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Arsenal – Bolton: Match preview and team news

Arsenal will be looking to kick-start their Premier League season with a victory over 19th placed Bolton at the Emirates Stadium today. The Gunners have won just one of their five league matches this season, sitting in 17th position with the worst goal-difference in the whole league. Under pressure manager Arsene Wenger will at least be thankful to have a home tie against a side that have a worse record this season. Arsenal v Bolton: Your View Bolton have lost their last four games, including most disappointingly last weekend’s 2-1…

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Bolton Club Focus – Coyle with some tough decisions to make ahead of Arsenal match

After Bolton Wanderers’ 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the Carling Cup on Tuesday more questions were answered than asked. With the Trotters struggling to pick up points in the league, going up against a so-far undefeated Villa side must have been slightly daunting, with or without star striker Darren Bent. The team must be praised for their performance, then, but they must now carry this good form into their upcoming Premier League fixtures. Bolton also managed to record a clean sheet, and after poor defensive displays in their last…

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Coyle backs Financial Fair Play in bid to compete with Europe’s richest clubs

Owen Coyle has bemoaned the challenge facing sides at the lower end of the table when competing with the ever-increasing financial power of the Premier League’s top clubs. “If you’re able to go and spend 300 million on players in the last couple of years, and you look at what the other clubs have spent, you look at Liverpool who have spent 100 million since January. Manchester United spent nearly 50 million over the summer on terrifically gifted players, Ashley Young, and Phil Jones that came in from Blackburn. So…

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