Dougie Freedman and his side will be looking to secure their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup with Budweiser by defeating Premier League newcomers Cardiff City at the Reebok Stadium this weekend.
Having booked their place in the fourth round with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool earlier this month, the Whites welcome the Bluebirds to BL6 with the visitors having ran out winners over Newcastle United in their third round tie at the beginning of January.
A clash which was last played competitively back in April when Craig Noone’s second half strike cancelled out Chris Eagles’ opener to ensure a share of the spoils in South Wales, Wanderers did emerge victorious during the meeting at the Reebok in November 2012.
A game which marked Freedman’s first game in charge of the club, goals from Martin Petrov and David Ngog ensured that Wanderers overturned a first half Noone strike to ensure the perfect start to life at BL6 for the Bolton manager.
Wanderers will be without the services of Jermaine Beckford for the visit of the Bluebirds after the striker picked up a hamstring injury in the Whites’ last home match against Nottingham Forest.
Adam Bogdan is available for selection having recovered from his recent injury, while Joe Riley, Stuart Holden and Marc Tierney remain sidelined.
Currently enjoying their first season in the Premier League following their promotion winning campaign last term, Cardiff will undoubtedly be hoping to put their league woes behind them when they travel to the Reebok this weekend.
Sitting at the bottom of the league table a point adrift of safety after picking up just 18 points from their opening 22 games, the Bluebirds will be hoping for a brighter second half to the season as they bid to retain their top flight status.
Their difficult start to the campaign has proven to be a difficult one to stomach for the Cardiff hierarchy, with manager Malky Mackay leaving the club last month and being replaced with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the hot seat.
With the Norwegian having won his first game in charge of the club – a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United to book their clash with the Whites – the Bluebirds have also succumbed to defeats against the likes of Manchester City and West Ham United in recent weeks.
One To Watch
A revelation since joining the Bluebirds in January of last year, Fraizer Campbell finally looks to have settled after years of struggling to find consistency.
Still just 26 years of age, the Huddersfield-born forward started out his career with Manchester United as a youngster, going on to make a handful of first team appearances for the Red Devils alongside enjoying spells on loan with the likes of Royal Antwerp, Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur.
His exploits earned him a throng of admirers, with Sunderland snapping up the youngster’s services in the summer of 2009, taking him to the Stadium of Light for £3.5million.
His time in the North East however would prove to be a difficult one for Campbell, with injuries hampering his progression with the Black Cats and limiting him to just 72 appearances and ten goals in four seasons.
Despite his struggles however, Cardiff moved to take him to South Wales twelve months ago, with their decision being well and truly vindicated as the striker has since scored 13 goals in 35 outings for the Bluebirds.