Cardiff v Bolton. Match preview

Last updated : 06 April 2015 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphp4D6B.tmpThe centre-back has been sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments since the last meeting between the sides in January but boss Russell Slade revealed he has recovered quickly and could make his matchday 18.

Strikers Federico Macheda and Alex Revell, who both missed out on the 1-1 draw with Reading due to knocks to their backs, will be assessed by the Bluebirds' medical team.This match comes too soon for long-term injury absentees Kagisho Dikgacoi and Anthony Pilkington

Adam Le Fondre will have to come out of the Bolton team.The Cardiff loanee is ineligible to play against his parent club so Wanderers boss Neil Lennon opted not to start Emile Heskey for Saturday's draw with Blackpool with half an eye on starting him in south Wales.

Lennon was unhappy with the sluggish start Bolton produced against the division's bottom side and could tinker with his formation again, with Rochinha, hauled off at half-time against the Seasiders, likely to drop out of the XI.

Mark Davies (knee) could return next weekend but this fixture comes too soon for him while Marc Tierney (broken leg), Max Clayton (knee), Zach Clough (shoulder) and David Wheater (hamstring) will not play again this season.



  • Bolton won the earlier meeting this season 3-0 at the Macron Stadium in November.
  • Cardiff have won only one of the last seven meetings in all competitions. Their only win since 1989 was 1-0 at the Macron Stadium in the FA Cup in January 2014.
  • Both sides have won two of the last five meetings at Cardiff, drawing the other.

Cardiff City

  • Cardiff are unbeaten in their last four games, winning two. Their last defeat was 2-1 against Charlton at home on 7 March.
  • Cardiff won their last home game 2-0 against Birmingham on 21 March - their first win in eight games at the Cardiff City Stadium in all competitions.

Bolton Wanderers

  • Bolton have won only one of their last six games. Their only win since February was 2-0 against Millwall at home on 14 March.
  • Bolton have not won any of their last eight away games in all competitions, losing six. Their last win on the road was 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on 17 January.