Setting the scene
Bolton Wanderers travel to title winners Cardiff City this weekend for their final away game of the 2012/13 campaign.
The Whites will be making their first ever trip to the Cardiff City Stadium, and it will be the first time Bolton have faced the Bluebirds in Wales since 1989.
Having only met twice in the past 23 years, including Bolton’s 2-1 over Cardiff at the Reebok earlier this season, Dougie Freedman will be looking to claim the double over Malky Mackay’s men, with Peterborough the only team to have done so.
Second in the Championship form table with nine wins from their last 12, Bolton will be aiming to keep the winning momentum going after Saturday’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Reebok Stadium.
Meanwhile, City claimed the league title with a 1-1 draw at Burnley last weekend, and will be awarded the trophy following this weekend’s game against the Whites.
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In his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, boss Dougie Freedman said. “We will be missing David Ngog and Jay Spearing.
“It will be Craig Dawson’s last game and he will go back to West Brom a better player. We have got David Wheater back in training and add that to Jan Gregus, Chris Lester and Zach Clough and we have got a good young squad.”
One to watch - Craig Bellamy
Blessed with a number of attacking options; we have identified Cardiff’s experienced frontman Craig Bellamy as the man to watch out for this weekend.
Now in his second spell at the Cardiff City Stadium, this time on a permanent contract, the 33-year-old has been an invaluable asset to his home-town side and played a key part in their success this season.
Bellamy has an impressive list of clubs on his CV. After starting his career at Norwich he has since turned out for such sides as Newcastle, Celtic, Liverpool and Manchester City, resulting in his combined career transfer fees totalling approximately £45 million.
On the international stage, the Bluebirds number 39 has won 73 caps for Wales and represented Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. His debut strike against Senegal was Great Britain’s first
since 1960, and he went on to captain the side against Uruguay.
Head to head
Bolton Wanderers have the upper hand over with 35 wins in all competitions compared to the Welsh outfit’s 22.
Wanderers’ last win in the Welsh capital came in August 1989 in the old Third Division, with the Whites heading back to the North West with a 2-0 victory.
Michael Naylor has been selected as the referee for Saturday’s game at the Cardiff City Stadium. Mr Naylor, from south Yorkshire, has been refereeing since the start of the 2007/08 season and has worked his way up the Football League pyramid.
This will be the second time Naylor has refereed a Bolton fixture, as he took charge of the 2-1 home defeat against Ipswich Town earlier this season with Tyrone Mears booked for Bolton.