Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round
Venue: Anfield Stadium – Saturday January 24th – 17:30
Match Odds: Liverpool 2/7 – Draw 9/2 – Bolton Wanderers 9/1
However, Liverpool are expected to progress following a recent run that has put their season back on course as they are now unbeaten in nine in all competitions and haven’t lost at home since early November.
Liverpool’s home record in all competitions: Played 17 – Won 6 – Drawn 8 – Lost 3
The Reds are chasing a top four spot in the Premier League but remain off the pace at the moment and are relying on slip ups from teams like Tottenham, Southampton and Arsenal above them.
But the FA Cup brings a fresh challenge and another possibility of silverware, and following a near upset at AFC Wimbledon in the last round, Brendan Rodgers will want to field a strong side so they have best chance to avoid an upset in front of their own fans.
The Reds are one game away from a cup final at Wembley in the League Cup, and the home fans will expect to see them progress in the FA Cup too against a Bolton side that has lost nine of 15 games away from home this season.
Bolton Wanderers away record in all competitions: Played 15 – Won 4 – Drawn 2 – Lost 9
Bolton will come into this game in full confidence though as they are currently on a three game unbeaten streak in all competitions.
Emile Heskey returned to English football with Bolton last month and so they have the experience needed to cause an upset.
Heskey is of course returning to his old stomping ground at Liverpool where he was part of the side that won the FA Cup in 2001.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides in three years, and Bolton won that game 3-1 in front of their own fans on that day.
Though that victory was one of very few in recent times as Liverpool had won ten on the bounce against the Trotters before then.
Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/W/D
Bolton’s last five in all competitions: W/L/W/D/W
Key Stat: Liverpool have not lost a game in all competitions since the December 14, against Manchester United – an unbeaten run of nine has followed.
Key Player: Emile Heskey – Providing Heskey plays, he will be a huge threat in the box and has the experience to cause the Liverpool defence problems.
Liverpool vs. Bolton Prediction: Liverpool 2 – 0 Bolton Wanderers – Liverpool should cruise through to the last 16.