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We Predict the First Six: Tom Molloy

Now it's Tom's go to see if he can correctly predict the first six matches.

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As somebody who has always optimistically predicted us to win every game we've ever played, this is going to be quite difficult for me, but as I'm less than confident about our chances in this league for the first time since we dropped down, I'm going to give it my best shot. Here we go...

1) Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County
As if this game wasn't tough enough already, Lennon's revealed that it's very unlikely that he'll be able to name a full-strength team for this game with the ‘training overload' apparently not going to plan and key players still being missing. Add to that a front four of Ince, Hughes, Weimann and Bent against our shaky defence and all I can see is a comfortable defeat.

2) Middlesbrough 3-1 Bolton Wanderers
This doesn't get any easier does it? Middlesbrough are my personal favourites for the league as I can just see Derby bottling it again and I believe that Stewart Downing is a phenomenal signing in the Championship, add to that the possibility of Jordan Rhodes being supplied by him and that's guaranteed goals. Hopefully we have more players fit but our away performances last season don't fill me with hope.

3) MK Dons 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
I can see us leading right up until the death, before their new signing, some unknown winger called Rob Hall (yana) pops up with the last gasp equaliser followed by an Adebayor-esque sprint down the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of our travelling fans.

4) Bolton Wanderers 5-0 Nottingham Forest
Well we have to win eventually don't we? 25k+ people will watch the return of our least favourite Scot. We'll have a completely fully fit team for the first time ever. Zach Clough will score a hat-trick, Josh Vela will be pulling the strings in midfield before topping his performance off with our fifth and final goal before repeating Rob Hall's celebration from the previous game, albeit running towards Dougie Freedman rather than the Forest fans.

5) Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Bolton Wanderers
Two wins on the bounce and it couldn't happen against a nicer team... It'll be a drab affair and probably our first and final televised game of the season.

6) Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
I think that this will be an exciting game and I think it's a given that Benik Afobe will get on the score sheet, however I think that with a fully fit squad we should still be able to get something from the game, especially if we carry our home form from last season over.

(NB: This article was written before Rob Hall was merely loaned out and before the Preston North End game was announced to be televised)