Bolton v Everton preview
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sam Allardyce's troops have yet to pick up all three points against their North West rivals since the inception of The Premier League.
But with Everton yet to win on their travels this season, Saturday's tussle at The Reebok Stadium appears to be the ideal opportunity to remedy that record.
The Trotters' form on home soil this season has been slightly lacklustre with just one victory in six league attempts although they have kept clean sheets in their last four matches in all competitions.
Allardyce is expected to retain faith in the team which comfortably beat Leeds United 2-0 at Elland Road last week with Bruno N'Gotty and Simon Charlton set to continue at the heart of the defence.
Brazilian centre half Emerson Thome is back in training but is unlikely to be risked while Youri Djorkaeff is tipped to stay on the substitutes' bench as he continues towards peak fitness.
Everton's difficulty this season has been scoring goals and they have mustered just three in their previous six Premiership matches.
Last Saturday's 2-0 success over Wolves was the ideal tonic for David Moyes's injury-ravaged squad but there is little in the way of positive news on the fitness front.
Gary Naysmith, who missed the win over Wolves with a hamstring problem, is the only casualty who may report for duty on Saturday.
Alessandro Pistone, Lee Carsley, Scot Gemmill, David Weir, Steve Watson and Richard Wright are all out while strikers Kevin Campbell and Duncan Ferguson are unlikely to appear for contrasting reasons.
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