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Jon Riley 20th Jan 2012 - 16:19

Gerrard to inspire lacklustre Liverpool

Bolton v Liverpool - Saturday 17:30 - live on ESPN

Liverpool travel to Lancashire rivals Bolton somewhat out of form in the Premier League but will take their troubles in front of goals to a team that has been more than accommodating to opposition attacks all season.

Liverpool threw everything they could at Stoke last weekend but could not find the decisive goal to break the deadlock. That draw was the third in their last five league games, a run that has yielded just the one win. With Andy Carroll (First scorer 4/1) still misfiring and looking more and more like a terrible bit of business, it has been left to the fit again Steven Gerrard (9/2) and the dangerous Craig Bellamy (9/2) to fill the void left by the suspended Luis Suarez.

Indeed, Liverpool's last goal came in their Carling Cup victory against Manchester City, an early penalty by that man Gerrard. For that reason, William Hill have enhanced the price on the Reds' captain scoring from the spot, from 5/1 to a fantastic 7/1!

Bolton's horrendous campaign has shown some slight glimmers of changing recently with seven points from their last five matches, but they still face a terribly tough challenge if they are to salvage this horror show of a season and avoid relegation. To make matters seem even more bleak, their best player Gary Cahill has left the club to sign for Chelsea.

The match betting for this Saturday tea time clash sees the visitors installed as 4/6 favourites, which is unsurprising given their recent head-to-head history against Wanderers. Liverpool have won their last 10 Premier League meetings with Bolton, four of which have been at the Reebok Stadium and the hosts have not claimed a point off Liverpool since a 2-0 home victory in September 2006.

Owen Coyle's man can be backed at 5/1 but I doubt even the most diehard Wanderers' fan would part their hard earned money here. Bolton's home form this season has been dismal, to put it lightly. Just one win here all season means they have the unenviable record of having the worst home form in the English football league.

Betting recommendations:

Craig Bellamy to score 2 or more - 5/1
Liverpool -1 goal - 8/5


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