Liverpool v Bolton: FA Cup match preview

A look ahead to Saturday evening's FA Cup tie at Anfield

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Eleven years after departing Anfield for Birmingham City, Emile Heskey returns to Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers’ side entertain his new club Bolton in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Heskey spent four years with Liverpool in which he scored 60 goals in 223 appearances but the 37-year-old now plies his trade with a Trotters side who are unbeaten in 2015 and have seen their fortunes transformed since boss Neil Lennon took charge three months ago. Lennon faces his Northern Irish compatriot Brendan Rodgers in these teams’ first meeting since January 2012.

Bolton will arrive in Liverpool off the back of four wins from their last six matches in all competitions, including an impressive 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday midweek – a result which moved them up to 14 in the Championship table.

Their hosts for this fourth round tie have also hit a run of form, having gone unbeaten in their last nine outings, winning six. But goalscorers remain a worry for Rodgers, who eagerly awaits the return of striker Daniel Sturridge from injury. Raheem Sterling looked fit and refreshed against Chelsea in the Anfield club’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday night and the 20-year-old – recently back from a break in Jamaica – could be key to Liverpool progressing.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 5.30pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Bolton 3 (Davies, Reo-Coker, Steinsson) Liverpool (Bellamy) 1, Premier League, January 2012

Liverpool 3 (Henderson, Skrtel, Adam) Bolton 1 (Klasnic), Premier League, August 2011

Liverpool 2 (Torres, Cole) Bolton 1 (Davies), Premier League, January 2011

STATS…

These two sides have not shared a goalless draw in 31 attempts – the last coming in August 1979

Bolton have not won at Anfield since December 2003. Emile Heskey was up front for the Reds that day

The Trotters have lost just once in their last twelve matches in all competitions and have won nine of sixteen since Neil Lennon took charge

Liverpool have been drawn against lower league opposition in six of their last seven FA Cup ties

The Reds have only scored more than two goals at home once in all competitions this season

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 1.33

Bolton to win: 10.5

Draw: 6

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 at 5.30pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm

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