Bolton’s £120,000 man is poised for yet another miserable night

Everton appear destined for success at both ends against strugglers


Football fans should by now be so acclimatised to the mechanics of the transfer market as to barely blink at any figure hurled forward, but try as we might, the feeling of queasiness about rumours that Gary Cahill is holding out for £120,000-a-week to join Chelsea won’t budge.

Cahill and his Bolton team-mates aren’t quite capable of showing such stubbornness, their position at the bottom of the Premier League owing plenty to a record of just one clean sheet in their last 18 games, shipping three or more in seven of those.

Even Everton, one of the division’s meekest attacking clubs and occasionally its sole striker-free side too, scored twice at the Reebok, a feat that they have achieved only four times this term. That’s less frequently than Kenny Dalglish has bungled his handling of the Luis Suarez affair this week alone.

Owen Coyle was initially convinced that Bolton’s problems were temporary – and 100% his players’ fault, naturally – but they are now relegation favourites in a league featuring some pretty rotten teams.

When did the illness become a disease? Doctor Whiteboard’s diagnosis is that it all ties in with when they stopped scoring. They have fired just four times in their last seven matches, compared to 11 in the seven prior to that.

If there’s one club to trust outside of the elite to punish such impotence, it’s the Moyes machine. Only three sides have come unstuck at the back less frequently than the Toffees and they have conceded a mere three in six clashes with the riff raff in the bottom six.

Everton are 23/20 to keep a clean sheet and 7/5 to win to nil on Betfair.

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