Bolton v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 25 January 2014 By Michael Morris

There's a brief break from the Premier League today when Cardiff face Bolton in an FA Cup 4th round fixture at The Reebok Stadium.

After the 2 - 1 win at Newcastle in round 3 Cardiff will hope to be able to overcome opposition from The Championship in this round. A lot will depend on just how many changes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes to the side. He will have one eye on Tuesday's league game at Manchester United.


Early team news

Bolton forward Andre Moritz will come back into contention when Bolton host Cardiff in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the Reebok Stadium.

Summer signing Moritz missed Reading's 7-1 demolition of the Trotters last weekend with a knee injury but boss Dougie Freedman revealed he trained on Thursday and will come into contention at the weekend.

His return to the squad would be a welcome one given Jermaine Beckford is still absent with a hamstring injury and David Ngog is close to a move to Barclays Premier League outfit Swansea, which could possibly materalise before this weekend's game.

United States international Stuart Holden is still sidelined because of a knee injury, and the midfielder is due to return to his home country next week for the next stage of his rehabilitation, while full-back Marc Tierney (foot) is a long-term absentee.

Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hand Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli full debuts in Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round clash at Bolton.

The Norwegians have yet to start for the Bluebirds, but Solskjaer is likely to give at least one of them the chance to impress away from the pressures of a Premier League relegation scrap.

Club captain Mark Hudson and full-back Declan John could also feature having missed out on a place in the starting XI at Manchester City.


The managers:

Dougie Friedman

"I did my coaching course with him (Ole) many years ago and this was the great thing I liked about Ole, he was still playing when he was doing these things," said Freedman.

"We were talking in football terms and still playing but looking to the future so it did strike me that one day he would be a manager or a coach, he's good at both.

"You get the feeling straight away when you meet him.

"You get a feeling he's serious, you get a feeling he's humble, you get a feeling he's educated himself in the football world.

"That doesn't mean he's going to be successful. Football's not fair, like life, it doesn't mean because he's done it he'll get results but he's given himself the best possible chance to succeed and that's very impressive in my eyes as a young coach.

"Being committed to your coaching badges, getting your qualifications, studying the game, looking at players - committed, that's what he is."


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (and Kevin McNaughton)


Match Appointments

Referee: Jon Moss



• This is the sixth meeting in the FA Cup, with Bolton winning twice and Cardiff once. Previouslyin 1927 Cardiff beat Bolton on the way to winning the trophy. In 1973 it took two replays to sperate the side with Bolton winning the second replay at The Hawthorns (a neutral venue was used).

• Bolton have won the trophy on four occasions, though not since 1958.

• Cardiff won the FA Cup for the only time in 1927, beating Arsenal in the final - the only time the Cup has been won by a non-English team. They more recently lost to Portsmouth in the 2008 final.