Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round Replay
Venue: Macron Stadium – Wednesday, February 4th – 19:45 GMT
Match Odds: Bolton 5/1 – Draw 3/1 – Liverpool 8/15
The game at Anfield 10 days ago ended 0-0 as Bolton were able to hold on despite Liverpool’s nine shots on target. Bolton did not register a single shot on goal.
Brendan Rodgers is expected to field a strong team for the trip as the FA Cup has become even more of a realistic target for the Reds following Manchester City and Chelsea’s exits from the competition.
Liverpool have not lost a game in since the middle of December, not including the extra-time loss to Chelsea last week, and have only conceded two goals in their last six in all competitions, both against Chelsea, and one of them came in that extra-time loss.
Bolton come into the game in poor form having only won one of their last five and have conceded six times in two games since that 0-0 draw at Anfield.
Bolton’s home record in all competitions: Played 16 – Won 8 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3
They have been better at home though and are unbeaten in nine when playing in front of their own fans. They will hope that record extends to ten if they are to progress to the fifth round.
Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey is a doubt for the game as he is struggling with a hamstring injury, while new signings Ben Amos, Adam Le Fondre, Rochinha, Barry Bannan, Simeon Slavchev, Filip Twardzik and Saidy Janko are all unavailable as they were not registered for the first tie. Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is also out with an ankle injury.
Liverpool’s away record in all competitions: Played 17 – Won 8 – Drawn 1 – Lost 8
Liverpool should give Steven Gerrard his 700th appearance for the club after he sat out of Saturday’s win against West Ham. Daniel Sturridge returned after five months out with a goal in that game and could feature again on Wednesday.
This will be the thirteenth FA Cup meeting between Liverpool and Bolton and the Trotters will be buoyed by the fact that the Reds have only won three of the previous 12 in the competition.
Bolton’s last five in all competitions: D/W/D/L/D
Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: W/D/D/L/W
Key Player: Zach Clough – The 19-year-old Bolton striker has scored three goals in two starts since the turn of the year, including a brace against Wolves on Saturday, so he’s one to watch.
Key Stat: Bolton have not lost at home in their last nine games.
Score Prediction: Bolton 0–2 Liverpool