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Trends and history for the Bolton game

last updated Thursday 23rd February 2006, 11:50 PM
Bolton are 9th with 39 points
and their highest achievable position
after Match Day 27 is 6th while
the lowest could be 10th
  • BOLTON WANDERERS attempt to get their bid for qualification to Europe for a second successive season back on track, when they take on Fulham - the only club in English League football still to win away. Wanderers are unbeaten in six Premiership outings, but five of those have only been draws and that's seen Wanderers slide from one place outside the Champions League qualifying spots to ninth in the table - although they have matches in hand on those above them.
  • The Reebok club have won exactly 100 League matches under Sam Allardyce, and have lost just one of 11 since the end of November. The defeat was away to Manchester United on New Year's Eve. The Trotters chalked up 33 points to this equivalent stage in each of the last two seasons, their previous best, but they already have 39 on the board.
  • Wanderers have beaten Fulham only once in four attempts on home soil - that was last season's equivalent fixture when they prevailed 3-1. Fulham never recovered from the early sending off of Claus Jensen, and Bolton overpowered them with goals from Jay-Jay Okocha (penalty), Kevin Nolan and Stelios Giannakopoulos.
  • Drawn their last five in all competitions.
  • Played out goalless draws in the two most recent outings, home to Marseilles in the Uefa Cup, and West Ham in the FA Cup.
  • Undefeated in 10 League and Cup matches (three wins, seven draws).
  • Only one win in six unbeaten Premiership matches (2-0, home to Manchester City on 21 January).
  • Aiming for a 19th home game without loss.
  • Won 11 and drawn seven of the last 18 League and Cup contests at the Reebok, since succombing to Everton 1-2 in the Premiership on 21 August.
  • Won six and drawn four of the last 10 Premiership matches on home turf.
  • Kept seven clean sheets in 11 home League encounters.
  • Gary SPEED is the most experienced Premier League history, with 470 appearances.
  • If he turns out, SPEED will be making his 550th appearance in English top flight football.
  • If he participates, Abdoulaye FAYE will be playing on his 28th birthday.
  • If involved, Kevin NOLAN will be making his 200th League appearance - all for the Trotters.
  • If on the field from the outset, Ricardo GARDNER will be making his 200th League start for Bolton.

Bolton Wanderers 3-1 Fulham
Fulham are 14th with 32 points
and their highest achievable position
after Match Day 27 is 12th while
the lowest could be 15th.
  • FULHAM are in lower mid table with 32 points, but only three of those have been picked up on the road. While Bolton have won 10 League matches home and away, the Cottagers have lost 10 away alone - the same number as each of the bottom two Portsmouth and Sunderland, ahead of this round of fixtures. Another loss here would be the Londoners' 50th on their Premier League travels, all time.
  • Chris Coleman's side have been alternating between wins and losses in their last eight League and Cup outings. They recorded their biggest win of the season last time out, when thrashing West Brom 6-1 at home - so defeat is next in line unless they end their stuttering sequence.
  • The Cottagers have a 100% home Premiership record against Bolton, but have only won once against them in this League on their travels. That was 0-2 on 15 May 2004, when Brian McBride got both.
  • Scored in each of the last seven League and Cup games (six in the Premiership).
  • Failed to score in one of 10 Premiership outings.
  • Completed 11 top flight encounters since a scoreless draw.
  • Lost the last five away Premiership matches.
  • Only points from their top flight travels have come from draws with Newcastle, Charlton and West Brom.
  • Without an away League victory in 13, since their last match of last season on the road (1-3 at Blackburn on 7 May). K
  • ept only one clean sheet on their top flight travels this season, and one in 24 League games on the road since the beginning of December 2004 (that being, at West Brom on 3 December 2005). B
  • rian McBRIDE has scored four goals in four appearances against Bolton.
  • If he particiaptes, Claus JENSEN will be playing against a former club.
  • Should he gets a run out, Niclas JENSEN will be making his 50th career Premiership appearance (Bolton, Charlton and Fulham).
  • If he plays, Alain GOMA will be making his 150th English League appearance (Newcastle and Fulham).
  • If involved, Steed MALBRANQUE will be making his 200th appearance for the Cottagers.
Bolton Draw Fulham
League 25 16 22
Premier 1 2 6
Bolton Draw Fulham
League 16 8 7
Premier 1 2 1
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