Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 15:00 Hrs

Venue: Macron Stadium

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Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) fixture features two sides in opposite halves of the Championship table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Bolton suffered a disappointing 1-0 home loss to fellow strugglers Burton Albion in their last match. The Trotters were the stronger side according to the expected goals data but it was the Brewers who took home the points. Cardiff continued their strong recent form as a Sol Bamba goal saw them secure a 1-0 home victory over Hull last time out. The Bluebirds were deserved victors according to the expected goals data. The last meetings between these two sides came in the 2015/16 season and the Welsh side won both coming out on top 2-1 at their own ground and 3-2 in Lancashire. It marks a trend of goals with each of their last four head-to-heads going over 2.5 goals.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Cardiff will be a popular bet here given their form and the fact that Bolton last to Burton last time out. I want to be with the visitors in a positive bet but think I have an angle that makes more sense than backing them in the match market. The Bluebirds will get goals (they have netted in each of their last five on the road and twice in their last two) so take an interest on them in the team goals market. Over 1.5 Cardiff goals looks a solid investment while a smaller stake on over 2.5 goals is also of interest as the Trotters have shipped the most league goals this season in the Championship

Over 1.5 Cardiff goals in this game

Over 2.5 Cardiff goals in this game

Bolton Wanderers saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Bolton Wanderers saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 9 games played against Cardiff City

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 9 games played against Bolton Wanderers

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Bolton Wanderers Form Guide

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo

Bolton Wanderers

Won

1

Draw

4

Lost

5
D A

24-02-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

03-03-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

06-03-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

10-03-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

17-03-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

30-03-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

03-04-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

07-04-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

10-04-2018

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

14-04-2018

Championship

Barnsley Team Logo Barnsley

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

7

Draw

1

Lost

2
W A

21-02-2018

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

25-02-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

06-03-2018

Championship

Barnsley Team Logo Barnsley

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

10-03-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 3 - 2

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

13-03-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

30-03-2018

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

D A

02-04-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

06-04-2018

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

10-04-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

14-04-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

Bolton Wanderers Preview

Two defeats in a row and just one victory in six means that the Trotters are still stuck in the relegation zone as they sit in 23rd place. They face a tricky holiday period with away games at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough and then a home tie with Hull. At the Macron Stadium, defeat to Burton put to an end a run of five without defeat that saw them win three of these. Their failure to score also put to a halt a series of five matches in a row in front of their own fans that saw both teams score. The 21 goals Bolton have scored this season is the joint third lowest ranked attack in the division. Their defence has shipped 41 goals from their 22 fixtures this season which is the worst defensive record in the league.

Bolton Wanderers Team News

Jem Karacan (personal) and Chris Taylor (unknown) are doubts.

Cardiff City Preview

It is now five victories and one draw from their last six for the Bluebirds who are in great form and sit in second place. They have a decent four-game run over the holiday period with ninth ranked Preston their highest placed opponent. Away from the Cardiff City Stadium, it is seven points from their last three and just one defeat in their last five. They have only failed to find the back of the net on two road trips this season. The Welsh outfit have conceded just 16 goals this season which is the best record in the Championship. Their attack meanwhile has scored 33 times which is a joint eighth best this campaign.

Cardiff City Team News

Sean Morrison (unknown), Kadeem Harris (ankle), Craig Bryson (unknown), Aron Gunnarsson (ankle), Danny Ward (unknown) and Lee Camp (groin) are doubts while Jazz Richards (ankle) and Kenneth Zohore (heel) are long-term absentees.

Bolton Wanderers Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Bolton Wanderers vs Cardiff City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Ben Alnwick 189 80
3 RB Andrew Taylor 178 69
5 CD Mark Beevers 193 80
31 CD David Wheater 196 82
2 LB Mark Little 185 81
6 CM Josh Vela 181 73
10 CM Sammy Ameobi 190 66
24 CDM Karl Henry 183 76
11 CM William Buckley 183 83
21 CDM Darren Pratley 185 69
14 CF Gary Madine 175 70
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 191 89
3 RB Joseph Bennett 177 74
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 88
5 CD Bruno Ecuele Manga 185 76
2 LB Lee Peltier 178 73
33 RM Junior Hoilett 173 70
19 LM Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 178 75
8 CM Joe Ralls 183 63
15 CDM Greg Halford 193 87
20 CM Loic Damour 181 81
30 CF Omar Bogle 191 80