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English Premier League – Cardiff City vs Bolton Wanderers

There are just two matches in the English Championship this week and Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers meet on Tuesday night in Wales to complete their game in hand. They are the only two teams in the Championship with a game in hand, so a win for either team would be a huge boost to their ambitions.  Cardiff are aiming to consolidate their playoff position and a win would see them move 9 points clear of 7th place Preston North End. Bolton are battling at the bottom of the league to avoid relegation and a win for them would see them move 5 points clear of the relegation zone and above Reading in the table.

Cardiff Form

Cardiff come into this match having been held to a 1-1 draw at Millwall on the weekend.  Cardiff took the lead early in the match but could not hold on and a point will be regarded as a decent result. Following a difficult spell of 4 straight defeats in the Championship, Cardiff have returned to form and are unbeaten in their last 4 Championship games.  There have been some good wins in those 4 matches including a 4-0 home win against Sunderland and an excellent 4-1 victory at Leeds United. At home, Cardiff have been scoring plenty of goals and have recorded 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 7 Championship games.

Bolton Form

Bolton travel to Wales having taken a point from their home match with Fulham on the weekend in a 1-1 draw. The point means Bolton have remained undefeated in their last 3 Championship games, which is much better form than they have been showing for much of the season.  However, all 3 matches were at home and their away from makes for poor reading. Bolton have won just 1 away Championship game this season, which was a recent 1-0 win at Sheffield United.  Despite that win, their overall away record is dreadful and they have lost 4 of their last 5 league games on the road. Bolton have conceded 2 or more goals in 4 of their last 5 away Championship games and need to improve defensively if they are to take something from this match.

Team News

Cardiff City are assessing the fitness of Craig Bryson and Matthew Connolly but this game could come too soon for both players.  Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has an ankle injury and is expected to remain out for some time. Bolton will be without Darren Pratley, who is out with a broken leg and fellow midfielder Jem Karacan is also on the treatment table.  Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to score Bolton’s equaliser on the weekend and will be hoping to start the match.

Top Betting Tips

Given the home form of Cardiff and the away form of Bolton, it is difficult to make a case for anything other than a home win in this match.  Cardiff to win is 8/15 with Ladbrokes. Cardiff like to score goals at home, while Bolton have been struggling to keep them out on the road.  We should see goals in this game and Cardiff to win and over 2.5 goals is 17/11 at Ladbrokes. You can also get 3/4 with Coral for Cardiff to score 2 more goals, something which they have done with regularity in recent home Championship matches.

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