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Bolton 4th round FA Cup preview 2 years 5 months ago #267

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Liverpool will be hoping to progress to the 5th round of the FA Cup on Saturday when we host Neil Lennon’s Bolton Wanderes at Anfield; 5.30pm kick off UK time. Bolton should feature two former Reds in their match-day squad in the form of club captain Jay Spearing and 37 year old Emile Heskey. The Wanderers are struggling in the Championship occupying 15th place – ten points above the relegation zone and 11 adrift from the play off positions – but have lost just one of their last 11 league games.

Bolton have won three of their 13 away games in the Championship and have scored nine goals (the joint lowest in the division) with 19 conceded. The knocked out Wigan Athletic (h) 1-0 in the 3rd round, while Liverpool eliminated AFC Wimbledon (a) 2-1 in the last round. Brendan Rodgers is expected to make a few changes with the 2nd leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea three days after this tie, with the score finely balanced at 1-1.

Saturday’s encounter will be the 12th time the two sides have met in this competition and it’s the Whites who have fared better in the past having won six times, with two draws and three wins for Liverpool. The last time they faced each other in the FA Cup was at the 3rd round stage in 1993. Liverpool had lifted the cup the previous season after defeating Sunderland 2-0 and were the favourites to progress after being drawn away to Bolton at Burnden Park, but the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Liverpool had trailed 0-2 after 22 minutes and it took an own goal from Mark Winstanley 11 minutes after the break to give the Reds some hope, with Ian Rush eventually earning a replay with an 82nd minute equaliser.

The replay at Anfield in front of a crowd of less than 35,000 would produce one of our most embarrassing defeats in this competition, with Second Division Bolton – who were 43 places below Graeme Souness’ Liverpool – sealing a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from John McGinlay and Andy Walker. The only thing of note from this encounter was 17 year old Robbie Fowler being named on the bench for the first time. Liverpool’s fortunes under Souness wouldn’t get much better while Fowler would go on to be a goalscoring phenomenon for the Reds after Souness’ departure.

Liverpool’s previous meetings with Bolton in the FA Cup:

1894 – 3rd Round: Bolton 3 – 0 Liverpool
1924 – 2nd Round: Bolton 1 – 4 Liverpool
1929 – 4th Round: Liverpool 0 – 0 Bolton
1929 – 4th Round replay: Bolton 5 – 2 Liverpool (after extra time)
1934 – 5th Round: Liverpool 0 – 3 Bolton
1946 – 4th Round (1st leg): Bolton 5 – 0 Liverpool
1946 – 4th Round (2nd leg): Liverpool 2 – 0 Bolton
1954 – 3rd Round: Bolton 1 – o Liverpool
1965 – 5th Round: Bolton 0 – 1 Liverpool
1993 – 3rd Round: Bolton 2 – 2 Liverpool
1993 – 3rd Round replay: Liverpool 0 – 2 Bolton

Steven Gerrard has made the most appearances against Bolton with 22 and his tally of seven goals is the joint second most against the Wanderers shared with Jack Balmers, Harry Chambers and Gordon Hodgson. Three of our heaviest defeats suffered against Bolton have come in this competition. They are listed above in 1894, 1929 and 1934.

Liverpool’s overall record in the FA Cup:

P: 417 W: 223 D: 89 L: 105 F: 699 A: 397 GD: +302

Liverpool’s record at the fourth round stage of the FA Cup (including replays):

P: 87 W: 45 D: 16 L: 26 F: 132 A: 92 GD: +40

Liverpool’s previous tournament victories in the FA Cup:

1965 – Liverpool 2 – 1 Leeds Utd
1974 – Liverpool 3 – 0 Newcastle Utd
1986 – Liverpool 3 – 1 Everton
1989 – Liverpool 3 – 2 Everton (after extra time. Normal time ended 1-1)
1992 – Liverpool 2 – 0 Sunderland
2001 – Liverpool 2 – 1 Arsenal
2006 – Liverpool 3 – 3 West Ham Utd (Liverpool won 3-1 on penalties)

POTENTIAL SQUADS

Liverpool are without Jones (thigh), Sturridge (calf) and Flanagan (knee). Ibe is cup tied. The Wanderers are missing Craig Davies (hamstring), Chung-Yong Lee (fracture) and Zach Clough (hamstring).

Liverpool: Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Ward
Defenders: Johnson, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Enrique
Midfielders: Gerrard (c), Henderson , Lucas, Coutinho, Can, Markovic, Lallana, Allen, Brannagan, Dunn, Rossiter, Ojo
Forwards: Sterling, Balotelli, Lambert, Borini, Sinclair

Bolton:
Goalkeepers: Bogdan, Lonergan
Defenders: McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Tierney, Wheater, Threlkeld
Midfielders: Spearing (c), Feeney, Mark Davies, rotter, Danns, Pratley, Vela, Lester
Forwards: Hall, Clayton, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, Eaves, Wilkinson
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