Venue: The Macron Stadium
Date and time: 4/11/14 AT 20:00
Bolton Wanderers host Cardiff City on Tuesday evening at the Macron Stadium, in a Skybet Championship fixture.
The Trotters head into the game coming off the back of two wins and two defeats in Neil Lennon’s opening four Championship fixtures, since succeeding Dougie Freedman as manager in October.
Bolton are currently 23rd in the second tier, two points below 21st placed Brighton and Hove Albion, following the weekend fixtures.
Wanderers’ last outing was a 2-1 defeat away at Norwich City on Friday evening, with Cameron Jerome netting a brace to give the Canaries all three points at Carrow Road. Lee Chung Yong scored a consolation for Bolton late on.
Meanwhile, Cardiff make the trip to the North West also boasting a new manager, in the guise of Russell Slade.
Slade’s appointment has coincided with a upturn in fortune for the recently relegated club.
Cardiff have enjoyed impressive victories of recent late, with the latest one coming in a 3-1 home win against Leeds United. The Welsh outfit have also beat Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest in recent weeks, and currently lie in 11th place in the table on 22 points.
Team News: Bolton
Team-news wise, and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan is still out injured with a broken finger, therefore, Andrew Lonergan will continue his stint in goal for Neil Lennon’s side.
Fullback Kevin McNaughton, and striker Joe Mason are also both ineligible to face their parent club due to their season long loan agreement between Bolton and the Bluebirds.
Mason’s absence will mean that Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford will presumably lead the line up-front for the struggling Bolton side, with youngster Max Clayton also vying for a starting place against Cardiff.
Aside from Bogdan’s injury, Bolton will be without Stuart Holden (knee) and Marc Tierney, whom both are currently recovering from serious long-term injuries they have suffered from.
The fixture against Cardiff may also come too soon for centre back David Wheater, who has stepped up his recovery from a recent set-back by playing in the Under 21 games.
Team News: Cardiff
Cardiff are set to be without striker Kenwyne Jones for the trip to the Macron Stadium, with the striker flying home to Trinidad following a family bereavement.
City are also likely to be without Anthony Pilkington for the mid-week game, with the midfielder doubtful after coming under illness following the win over Leeds on Saturday.
One player who will definitely missing the game is Kagisho Dikgacoi, with the former Crystal Palace midfielder set to be out for around four months following a serious knee injury.
“We’ve had a scan and he could be out for 16 weeks,” said manager Russell Slade.
“He’s done a lot of damage to his knee.”
Norwegian youngster Mats Møller Dæhli, and recent loan recruit from West Ham, Ravel Morrison, are both fit and set to battle for a potential starting place.
Key Men: Bolton
Bolton manager Neil Lennon can call upon the rejuvenated striker, Craig Davies to produce the goods for the fixture.
Davies has netted three goals this season, impressing supporters with his work-rate, having become the Club’s leading striker recently, following a brief stint on loan at League One side, Preston North End towards the back end of last season.
The 28 year-old Burton born player signed from Yorkshire club Barnsley in the January transfer window of 2013, and is likely to lead the line for the Trotters, in place of Joe Mason.
Playing just behind Davies, will presumably be Lee Chung Yong, who could also be a potential match-winner in Bolton colours.
The South Korean winger is arguably playing some of his best football under Neil Lennon, with Lee flourishing in recent weeks, having been given more of a central role by the Northern Irish manager.
Key man: Cardiff City
The Bluebirds will be hoping Italian Federico Macheda can step up to the plate, following the absence of regular forward Jones.
Macheda currently has five goals to his name this season, after signing on a free transfer, and scored in the win on Saturday at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Striker Macheda, who shot to fame in 2009 having scored the last-minute winner for Manchester United in a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League title race, had been shipped around to several different club’s whilst at the Red Devils.
However, following his release from United in the summer, he was swiftly signed up by Cardiff, then managed by Ole Gunner Solskjaer, having previously helped Birmingham City to survival on the final day of last season.