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Jon Riley 12th Feb 2011 - 17:35

Can Cahill fill Saha's scoring boots?

Bolton v Everton | 16:00 Live on Sky Sports 1

The Trotters take on the Toffees in Sunday's Sky Sports offering. Only three points separate Bolton and Everton in the Premier League table, so the importance of a win won't be lost on either set of players or fans.

The meeting of the sides could see the experienced David Moyes pick up the one point needed to reach 500 points as a Premier League manager, joining Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp in achieving the feat.

Fellow Scot Owen Coyle is still a relative newcomer to the managerial world and could do much worse than to try and emulate Moyes. Coyle said last year that David Moyes' tenure as Everton manager is the "blueprint" for what he wants to achieve at the Reebok. Sitting five places above the Toffees in the table, then the Wanderers manager must be pretty pleased with his team's progress.

Former Burnley boss Coyle must assess his returning international players before the game but should have an almost fully fit squad to choose from. Before the international break Bolton suffered a defeat at the hands of Spurs. After falling behind to a Rafael Van der Vaart penalty, Bolton deservedly dragged themselves back into it courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge strike only to lose out to an injury time goal from Niko Kranjcar.

Moyes however, will have to do without Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha who suffered injuries during the week. The French striker's absence will come as a huge blow to Everton after having exploded into form in recent weeks. After scoring just one goal in his first 15 games of the season, the 32-year-old has struck eight in his last six, and four goals in the pulsating 5-3 victory over Blackpool last time out.

Although Bolton (13/8) occupy a higher league position than the visiting Evertonians they have only won one of their last nine games against them, losing six of those matches. Wanderers have also won only one of their last seven league games, losing five. These stats that will certainly worry Owen Coyle, who saw his team in and amongst the Champions League places in the Autumn.

Despite Everton's (17/10) recent good record against Bolton, they won't be travelling to the Reebok too confidently. Victory at Manchester City in December is Everton's only away win in their last nine league games.

The two players to keep an eye on will be Daniel Sturridge for the hosts and Tim Cahill for the men from Merseyside.

The 21-year-old Sturridge came off the bench to score a late winner in Wanderers' 1-0 victory over Wolves before claiming an equaliser at Tottenham last week. The striker joined Bolton on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season and has made an immediate impact in Lancashire. Sturridge is 11/2 to open the scoring and 6/4 to score anytime.

Making his first start since departing for the Asia Cup, Tim Cahill will be hoping to mark his return with a goal and a good display. Cahill is the Blues' top scorer this campaign and is 13/2 to break the deadlock and 15/8 to score at anytime. The Aussie international is also the feature of our Match Winner offer for the day. At an enhanced 6/1 you can back him to score with a header.

 

 
 
 

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