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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers set to face Gary Madine on his home debut for Cardiff

2017 EFL Championship Football Bolton v Cardiff City Dec 23rd Photo by Alan Martin/Action Plus via Getty Images

Having gained a point against in-form Fulham FC last Saturday, Bolton Wanderers head to Wales to take on Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds, who currently sit 4th in the table, will see the game as the perfect opportunity to close the gap on the automatic promotion places.

Meanwhile, Wanderers could go five points clear of the relegation places with a win.

Some interesting stats for you. Cardiff haven’t actually kept a clean sheet against Wanderers for nearly thirty years. Also, out of the last twenty games between the two sides, only one has ended in a draw.

The game also reunites Wanderers with former striker Gary Madine, who moved to Cardiff for £6 million on Deadline Day.

Team News

Former Cardiff player Adam Le Fondre will be hoping that his wondergoal against Fulham at the weekend pushes him into contention for a start. Fellow former Bluebirds Sammy Ameobi, Craig Noone and Andrew Taylor could also feature against their former side.

Gary Madine could actually miss the game through injury, having suffered a ‘smashed’ nose against Millwall last Friday.

Form

Cardiff City - LWDWD

Bolton Wanderers - WLDWD

Odds

Cardiff are far and away the favourites with the bookies, with odds of 8/15. A Wanderers win is 11/2, whilst a draw is 3/1.

Match Prediction

I’ll say 1-1.

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