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Stuart Dalgleish 1st Oct 2011 - 7:41

Sturridge back to haunt his old team-mates

Bolton v Chelsea preview - 13:30 live on Sky Sports 1

Hapless Bolton (11/2) will be looking to stop a run of five straight league defeats as they take on Chelsea (1/2, draw 3/1) in the lunchtime kick-off.

Many were thinking after Owen Coyle's men ruthlessly dispatched of new boys QPR on the opening day, that they would be in for another comfortable season in the Premier League, but that prediction has proven to be way off the mark.

The Lancashire outfit sit bottom of the league having let in 16 goals in their six matches, and the Reebok faithful will be hoping that their former days of relegation battles each season will not be returning soon.

A glance at their fixtures suggests that once this game is out of the way, they can get a few points on the board as they aren't playing another 'big' team until the end of November, but if they do go down to a heavy defeat against Chelsea it will play on their minds while the international break is on.

Heavy defeats, or certainly losses with plenty of goals in them, is something that Bolton are becoming used to though, and I think another one could be on the cards as the Blues come to town.

You can get 5/4 on Chelsea minus a goal, which to me looks a really good bet when you consider how fragile their opponents have looked at the back.

That bet has come in on six of the last eight times that Chelsea have come up North, and you have to go back to 2002 for the last time that the home fans saw their team score against the Londoners - eight straight wins to nil have occurred since that 1-1 draw and it's 6/4 that Andre Villas-Boas' side make it nine on the spin.

The man that could be helping you to collect on that bet could be Daniel Sturridge (5/1 first goal), the young English striker could get a run-out after Fernando Torres' red card last week - and he certainly knows how to score at the Reebok Stadium.

On his loan spell their last season he notched eight times in just 12 appearances; and a goal against his former colleagues on Sunday would give his manager food for thought for when Torres returns.

Of course, Sturridge isn't the only Chelsea player who has worn Bolton colours - Nicolas Anelka (6/1) enjoyed a very successful stay in Lancashire between 2006 and 2008, and has been a thorn in their side ever since moving to Stamford Bridge with five goals in his last eight matches against them.

The Frenchman just has the one goal to his name this season, but his support play has been excellent and you can never write him off.

I'm not the manager, and it could well be that Didier Drogba (7/2) is preferred to the two former Trotters, but I like the look of Sturridge or Anelka to score first in our first goalscorers coupled market at 9/4.

It is tough to suggest a name for Bolton; Martin Petrov (14/1) scored their last league goal from the penalty spot, but he's hardly prolific, Ivan Klasnic is their top scorer but is out suspended at the minute, while Gael Kakuta is ineligible as he's on loan from Chelsea.

Tuncay (11/1) and David Ngog (9/1) have only started one game each, so it would be tough to see them making too much of an impression against the Blues.

I think the visitors should prove to be too strong for the confidence-shot home team, and Chelsea/Chelsea in the double result (23/20) market should be a banker.



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