Bolton are on a high, only because of that emphatic 3-0 rout of Reading last weekend. Winning that game, after successive defeats definately put a cork on the bad mood spreading around the Bolton camp.On top of that, they managed to keep a clean sheep, which is good news for Bolton fans, as in their first 4 EPL games they let in 8 goals! Perhaps little Sammy Lee's ideas are finally beginning to take shape.
"I am very happy with my form, the club and the manager so signing a new contract was not a difficult decision"
The biggest thing going for Bolton right now is the parternship of Nicolas Anelka and El Hadji Diouf up front. There is no doubting that individually, they are both very good players, especially the sulky Frenchman. I don't think they ever got paired together during the Sam Allardyce days, but they seem to have struck up a very good understanding, and the Reading defence simply had no answer to their flair and skill. Additionally it comes at a great relief to everyone at Bolton, that Anelka has signed an extension to his contract to keep him at the club until 2011. This will also give the Bolton players a big boost ahead of the match.
Everton have experienced some contrasting fortunes, specificly in the transfer market. The very public snub by Manuel Fernandes, who after agreeing to move to Everton, conveniently made a u-turn and signed a deal with Valencia. Looking at the bigger picture, with an attitude like that, he probably would not have lasted long in the Evertonian team.
The bright spark in the Everton camp though, would be the latest signing, Ayegbeni Yakubu.
For 11.25 million pounds, he already looks to be a quality signing, and he is deffinately not an 'unknown' quantity, and he has shown he is a consistent goalscorer, scoring an average of 13.25 goals a season. Moyes will be expecting more goals than that off course, and more than that, hoping that he will be the perfect partner for Andrew Johnson.
Predictions: Bolton 2 - Everton 2