David Moyes’ Everton team could do their Merseyside rivals an enormous favour by beating a Bolton Wanderers team that are obstructing Liverpool’s route to the top six of the Premier League on Wednesday night.
But Everton won’t be too concerned at this stage of the season as their recovery from a poor start continues apace with twelve points from the last six games.
The Toffees can leapfrog Owen Coyle’s side with victory at Goodison Park to extend their unbeaten run to seven games and Irish bookmaker Boylesports is among a handful bookmakers offering odds of 4/6 for the home win.
Marouane Fellaini is in line for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury that has kept him out of the last four games.
With his side in such good form, Moyes can afford to allow Jack Rodwell time to sharpen his fitness after returning from ankle ligament damage.
Tim Cahill continues to be the fulcrum of Everton fortunes, scoring three times in the last five games to take his season tally to five and Boylesports bet 15/8 for Cahill to score at anytime on Wednesday.
Leon Osman (ankle), Victor Anchibe (knee) and Ross Barkley (broken leg) remain under treatment and will miss out.
Owen Coyle will be enjoying the season so far and his Trotters will be buoyed from the 4-2 victory against Tottenham at the Reebok on Saturday which pushed them to eighth in the Premier League table.
Bolton won on their first away trip this season when defeating West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park in August but have not won away since.
They will be no pushovers as they are unbeaten in their last three away days having earned 1-1 draws at Aston Villa, West Brom and Wigan; however this looks a tougher task at Goodison.
Martin Petrov laid claims to start when coming off the bench to score the final goal against Tottenham to prove he has recovered from his hamstring problem.
Coyle was given no new injury headaches from Saturday’s game although Ricardo Gardner, Jlloyd Samuel, Joey O’Brien and Sean Davis remain on sidelined with their injury problems.
Possible starting lineups:
EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Arteta, Cahill, Heitinga, Pienaar, Fellaini, Yakubu.
BOLTON: Jaaskelainen, Cahill, Steinsson, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, K Davies, Elmander.