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Live updates as Cardiff visit the Macron, with Wanderers in dire need of all three points

Ben Amos has been vital in the Bolton goal lately
Ben Amos has been vital in the Bolton goal lately
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Bolton Wanderers welcome Cardiff City to the Macron Stadium this afternoon, with the hosts desperate for just a second victory of the season and first in 12 games.

The off-field situation that is exacerbating the dreadful on-field performances has this week led Wanderers fans to rally round and get as many people as possible to the Macron this afternoon. Some of us terrible fans that aren't going up to Bolton - frankly, a 460-mile round trip didn't appeal today - can also play our part in supporting the side, and it'd be great to have all your thoughts on the club's situation.

Fans at the game may be cheered somewhat by news this morning that a potential takeover may be nearing completion, with reports that it could be completed next week.

And if you're on the lookout for further positivity then the visit of Cardiff gives you exactly that. Today's visitors haven't avoided defeat in the league at Bolton in 42 years, with Wanderers beating the Bluebirds the last 11 times they've made the trip north.

Wanderers scored six goals against Cardiff last season, beating them 3-0 at home in November and away in March - which still remains our last away victory. Cardiff have also failed to score in five of their last seven league matches at Bolton, but did beat us 1-0 in an FA Cup third round tie at the Macron in January 2014.

Wanderers seem to be starting today's game in a 4-4-2 formation, with both Gary Madine and Shola Ameobi starting. Jose Manuel Casado is likely to be pushed forward, with Dean Moxey returning from injury at left-back. Mark Davies is suspended, while Max Clayton is out injured following the Brentford match on Monday.

Cardiff also look to be playing 4-4-2, with Tony Watt and Kenwyne Jones up front, and the dangerous Craig Noone and Anthony Pilkington on the flanks. Former Bolton loanee Joe Mason starts on the bench, alongside set piece expert Peter Whittingham.

Today's starting lineups are below. You can follow all the action from the Macron and let us know your thoughts on all things Wanderers in the Comments section below.

Bolton Wanderers:

GK Ben Amos
RB Josh Vela
CB Dorian Dervite
CB David Wheater
LB Dean Moxey
RM Liam Feeney
CM Darren Pratley
CM Neil Danns
LM Jose Manuel Casado
CF Gary Madine
CF Shola Ameobi

Substitutes: Paul Rachubka, Prince, Jay Spearing, Emile Heskey, Stephen Dobbie, Filip Twardzik, Rob Holding

Cardiff City:

GK David Marshall
RB Lee Peltier
CB Sean Morrison
CB Matthew Connolly
LB Scott Malone
RM Craig Noone
CM Aron Gunnarsson
CM Joe Ralls
LM Anthony Pilkington
CF Tony Watt
CF Kenwyne Jones

Substitutes: Simon Moore, Fabio, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Peter Whittingham, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Sammy Ameobi, Joe Mason