Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City - Preview

  • November 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon will look to extend his unbeaten home record as Bolton manager on Tuesday night, when Wanderers play host to Cardiff City.

Defeat at Norwich City last Friday was the Trotters' second in four games under their new boss, both of which have come away from home, although a 3-1 victory over Brentford 10 days ago provided cause for optimism at Macron Stadium.

Both sides have recently found form after difficult starts to the campaign, with Cardiff now just four points off a play-off position and Bolton two points from safety at the wrong end of the table.

Wanderers will be without Kevin McNaughton and Joe Mason for the visit of the Bluebirds, as they are both on loan from the Welsh side. McNaughton has been struggling for fitness since suffering from a bout of illness earlier in the season and would have been a likely absentee in any case, so Oscar Threlkeld is expected to deputise at right-back.

David Wheater could win a place on the bench, after recovering from a slipped disc in his back, while Liam Trotter could make his first start under Lennon after replacing Jay Spearing at half-time in the loss at Carrow Road.

Bolton look set to return to a two-man attack, so Jermaine Beckford could retain his place, despite a poor showing last time out, with Craig Davies the most likely to join him - with Mark Davies and Lee Chung-Yong playing just behind them.

Adam Bogdan remains sidelined with a fractured finger, where he will be joined by fellow injury victims Marc Tierney (broken leg) and Sanmi Odelusi (knee).

Cardiff go into the game on the back of a 3-1 victory over Leeds United on Saturday, but will have to cope without the services of Kenwyne Jones - who has flown home to Trinidad & Tobago for family reasons.

Joe Ralls, Ravel Morrison and Nicky Maynard could all come into the team, while Ben Turner is available for the first time this season after recovering from an ankle injury.

Bolton Wanderers: Kenny, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, M Davies, Trotter, Danns, Garvan, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kamara, Beckford, Clayton, C Davies, Eaves, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Knight

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