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Can Bolton Wanderers Do 'The Great Escape'?

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Eddie looks at five of the best footballing 'Great Escapes'.

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Currently, Bolton Wanderers are 10 points from safety and bottom of the Championship. There are only ten games to go, and staying up looks near impossible.

However, here are five occasions when football clubs stayed up miraculously.

1. West Bromwich Albion 2004/2005

In the 2004/2005 season, West Brom made history as they became the first club ever to stay up having been bottom at Christmas in the Premier League. Bryan Robson was appointed manager in November 2004 as Albion struggled in 17th place.

His reign as manager didn't start well as they didn't pick up a single win in his first 11 games in charge. But Albion managed to turn things around and a draw at Manchester United on the penultimate match day of the season gave them hope.

After a  2-0 win against Portsmouth on the last day of the season, and as other results went in their favour, the Baggies stayed up.

2. West Ham United 2006/2007

The Hammers found themselves bottom of the league in March, 10 points off safety (sound familiar?) and faced possible fines and point deductions over the controversial Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano transfers.

But after winning seven/ nine games and after Carlos Tevez scored a winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford on the last day of the season, West Ham sealed their survival.

3. Sunderland 2013/2014

In the 2013/2014 season, Sunderland with six games to go, were seven points from safety, and after an eight game winless run, it looked as if the North East side would be dropping into the Championship.

Amazingly, after securing a draw away at Manchester City, Sunderland won four games in a row, including wins against Chelsea and Manchester United, and ended up finishing 14th.

4. Fulham FC 2007/2008

Despite hiring Roy Hodgson as manager in December 2007, Fulham looked destined for the drop. With three games to go, the Cottagers were five points adrift. Relegation looked all but sealed when Fulham were down 2-0 against Manchester City with twenty minutes to go. However, Diomansy Kamara scored a dramatic last minute goal to ensure Fulham won 3-2.

Fulham's fortunes changed and after winning the final two games of the season, Fulham finished 17th ahead of 18th placed Reading FC on goal difference.

5. Leicester City 2014/2015

It's incredible to think that just last season Leicester were in serious trouble. With nine games to go, the Foxes were seven points from safety and bottom of the league.

Amazingly, a Nigel Pearson led Leicester won 7 of their last 9 games and ended up finishing 14th. And the rest is history.

So, there you have it. Bolton's situation look perilous but those five teams have shown that anything is possible.

Do you think there's still a chance Bolton can stay up?