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13/02/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Cardiff City Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Bolton Wanderers

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Mad for Madine. Wanderers fans would be dismayed to see the man they sold on deadline day damage their survival chances. Madine is 9/2 to score first as he looks to open his Cardiff account, and 15/8 to bag anytime in a win for his new side against his former employers.

2 We fancy:

Cardiff to win and both teams to score at 14/5. Even though Bolton have lost their top scorer to the Bluebirds, the visitors will be confident after beating Warnock’s side less than two months ago. The home team are still favourites but Bolton could still have a say in this one.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Madine to score first and Cardiff to win 2-1 at 25/1. It’d be a bittersweet moment for the former Trotter to net his first goal against his old team, but the forward will be doing everything he can to help his new club reach the Premier League.

Team News

Cardiff City's Last Six:

Won: 2 Drawn: 2 Lost: 2

Craig Bryson is back in training after an Achilles injury and could be in contention for this one. Matthew Connolly’s calf problem is being monitored day to day, while Aron Gunnarsson misses out with an ankle injury.

Bolton Wanderers' Last Six:

Won: 3 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1

Stephen Darby is expected to miss this game after suffering a head injury in training last week. Darren Pratley is definitely out after injuring his leg in the New Year’s Day victory over Hull, although he could be back in a few weeks.

Cardiff City vs Bolton Wanderers Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Cardiff City’s Kenneth Zohore is the favourite to open the scoring against Bolton

This game in hand is a great opportunity for Cardiff to get themselves right back in the hunt for second place, and automatic promotion to the Premier League. Bolton meanwhile are just two points above the relegation zone, but the visitors can treat the match as something of a free hit with few expecting them to pull off the win.

Cardiff are 4/7 to secure a vital three points, and the Bluebirds supporters will fully expect to see their side claim the win. The travelling contingent were disappointed to see an early lead go to waste at Millwall on Friday night, but while Aston Villa won on Sunday, Derby dropped points at home against Norwich over the weekend.

Bolton are 6/1 outsiders to pick up what would be a massive victory. Adam le Fondre’s equaliser helped the Trotters to claim a point against promotion-chasing Fulham on Saturday, which lifted them above Birmingham and into 19th place. Selling Madine to Cardiff in January could prove costly for the Trotters, and the likes of Le Fondre and Sammy Ameobi need to replace his goals.

The draw is 3/1 and would be a much better result for the visitors. Phil Parkinson’s side face a few tricky away fixtures over the coming weeks, and remaining unbeaten over this run would be huge in their bid for survival. There hasn’t been a draw in the last six meetings between these two though, with the most recent stalemate coming back in April 2013.

Kenneth Zohore isn’t having as productive a season in front of goal as last term, but he’s the 4/1 favourite to open the scoring in this one. Le Fondre is priced at 10/1 to break the deadlock for Bolton, while Ameobi could be worth a punt for the first or last goal, both priced at 19/1.

Predicted Score: Cardiff City 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers

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