A Wandering Bolton Shall Go: Bolton Vs. Chelsea Match Preview

Bela TrimmelCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06:  Deco of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea at the Reebok Stadium on December 6, 2008 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The last time Bolton faced Chelsea, things were slightly different for the boys in blue.

Phil Scolari was still in charge and there was already speculation he could be dismissed before the end of the season. It also seemed the players form was slightly shaky.

Anelka and Decon pulled off a 2-0 win for Chelsea.

But since that time, things have heated up immensely in the league.

The leaders in the league have been tested relentlesly since the beginning of March. This action will only spur what will be an exciting end to the league again this year.

Match Preview

For the Wanders, who saw off Middelsborough with a 4-1 thumping on the weekend, it is an uphill battle.

While there is no way for them to advance into the top four this season, they are striving to climb past their current 12th position in the league table.

The trip to Stamford Bridge will not likely see a similar result from the previous weekend. However, it is not altogether unlikely Bolton could score more this time round.

Though, they currently have some factors working against them.

Chelsea toppled the great fortress that is Anfeild on Wednesday night to increase their chances and advance in Europe.

Logically speaking, the team will still be riding an increased wave of emotion from their win. Chelsea will likely seek to continue their spot on form against Bolton.

Another factor going against Bolton is this game is a must win for Chelsea, who continue to watch their chances at a league victory slip away. Chelsea need to take maximum points in this game to keep their hope of domestic silverware alive.

It seems Bolton have nothing to lose nor gain from this match and that conservative tactics will minimize the impact Chelsea may have against them. All is not so simple, however. The Trotters run the risk of dropping to 15th if they lose to the Blues.

The Trotters last six games of the season may seem them taking nine of 18 possible points and if a timely injury or a suspension were to occur, they could see themselves straddling the relegation line by the end of the season.

Ultimately, Chelsea are the more likely side to win this match.

Chelsea 1-0