Date and Time: Tuesday 13th February (19:45)
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Referee: Tim Robinson
Cardiff City host Bolton Wanderers at the Cardiff City stadium as they look to close the gap on Aston Villa who are occupying the final automatic promotion place.
The Bluebirds suffered a setback against Millwall in controversial fashion after Sol Bamba’s overhead kick goal was disallowed by referee Keith Stroud – the game ended up 1-1 at the Den.
It was a game which left Neil Warnock seething and he will be hoping his side can now respond and pick up three points against the Trotters, who are currently just two points adrift of the relegation zone.
However, the Trotters have seen an upturn in form recently. Phil Parkinson’s men are undefeated in their last three encounters and earned a fine point at home against promotion hopefuls Fulham at the Macron stadium in their previous encounter.
Former Cardiff City striker Adam Le Fondre scored a wonder goal as the Trotters drew 1-1. Parkinson’s side also beat Bristol City previously and they could prove to be a tricky test for the Bluebirds on Tuesday evening.
Earlier in the season, Bolton defeated the Bluebirds 2-0 at the Macron stadium and will be hoping for a similar outcome at the Cardiff City stadium.
The game will see striker Gary Madine come up against his former club following his £6 million deadline day move and he will be hoping to add to his tally of 10 goals for the season.
He has struggled to make an impact since his move, having failed to score in his opening two games for the Bluebirds but will be fired up against the Trotters, and be hopeful of haunting his former club.
The Bluebirds recent record against Tuesday night’s opponents is relatively good and they did the double over the trotters during the 2015/2016 season.
Both games were thrilling affairs, with Cardiff winning the home clash 2-1 and the away game 3-2. Given the sides contrasting home and away form, the Bluebirds will fancy their chances in tonight’s encounter.
Parkinson’s side have recorded just one win on their travels all season and are currently rock-bottom of the form table in the Sky Bet Championship when it comes to away form – the Trotters have also drawn five and lost eight on the road.
Cardiff, however, have had a fine record in the Welsh Capital this season. The Bluebirds are currently placed fourth in the form table in terms of home form, having recorded nine wins out of a possible 14 at the Cardiff City stadium.
Experienced Championship referee Tim Robinson will take charge of proceedings at the Cardiff City stadium.
Robinson has taken charge of 22 championship fixtures since the start of the season, producing a total of 70 yellow cards and five red cards.
Former Cardiff loanee Sammy Ameobi has been in good form this season and will be looking to cause the Bluebirds back-line problems on Tuesday – he has scored four and assisted once in 20 encounters so far this season.
It won’t be an easy matchup for the Bluebirds, but given their home form and Bolton’s torrid away record, you would expect Warnock’s men to take all three points in what could turn out to be a crucial three points come the end of the Championship season.
Cardiff City have no new injuries to report. Neil Warnock may opt to start Kenneth Zohore in the hope he rediscovers his goal-scoring form.
Josh Vela remains a long-term absentee for the Trotters. Former Bluebird loanee Sammy Ameobi looks likely to start in the Welsh Capital.