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Bolton Wanderers' Run In - Predicting Our Results

Chris returns and gazes into his crystal balls

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It's been quite the week in the wonderfully weird world of Bolton Wanderers.

Indifferent results, some indifferent performances, lots and lots of tweets and a couple of windmills - it's been interesting, hasn't it?

All that nonsense aside, we've got a lot of football left to play. I thought it might be interesting to go through the remaining games and have a stab at working out our final points tally. Once totalled, I'll compare it with previous years' League One campaigns and see if we can't get an idea on where things'll work out to be.

We begin the operation with 60 points.

On with the fun:

11th March - Fleetwood Town v Bolton Wanderers

Tough away game against a form team. Don't kill me for it, but I think we'll lose this 2-1.

Points - 0

14th March - Gillingham v Bolton Wanderers

Historically we haven't been the best team on the road, but 17th placed Gillingham should be beatable. Going for an away win.

Points - 63

18th March - Bolton Wanderers v Northampton Town

Home game against a struggling Northampton. Win.

Points - 66

21st March - Oxford United v Bolton Wanderers

This will be a toughie. They are in good form but two wins on the spin should give us the confidence to get a decent away point.

Points - 67

25th March - Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers

Relegation threatened Shrewsbury (pronounced Shroosbree) will be no match for a Bolton side unbeaten in three. Away win.

Points - 70

1st April - Bolton Wanderers v Chesterfield

An easy home win against an opponent struggling to stay in the league.

Points - 73

4th April - Southend United v Bolton Wanderers

Phil Brown will want to screw us over, but his inner Bolton fan will result in a hard-fought draw despite his inner desires.

Points - 74

8th April - Scunthorpe United v Bolton Wanderers

One final hiccup - an away defeat. We have to throw a couple in, just for fairness.

Points - 74

15th April - Oldham Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Oldham are a poor side this year. Overawed by their famous opponents and cheered on by 4,500 away fans, Bolton win.

Points - 77

18th April - Bolton Wanderers v Bury

Very kind of Wanderers to thrash Bury on my birthday.

Points - 80

22nd April - Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers

Doomed to League Two, Vale won't give a shit. We will.

Points - 83

30th April - Bolton Wanderers v Peterborough

Final game of the season - I've only ever seen us lose that once (that I can think of). Win again please.

Points - 86

So there you go. A rampant spell of form with only a couple of bumps in the road.

86 points is a decent haul. Let's look and where that stands over the past five seasons in League One:

2015/16 - Runners Up. Burton Albion came second with 85.

2014/15 - Play Offs. MK Dons went up with 91.

2013/14 - Play Offs. Brentford came second on 94 points.

2012/13 - Champions! League winners Doncaster Rovers went up on 84.

2011/12 - Play Offs. Promotion was gained by Sheffield Wednesday on 93 points.

For the sake of fun, I'm going to average out the points totals of the above over the past five years. That's an average of 89.4 points to guarantee automatic promotion.

Will our (my) 86 be enough for Wanderers this season? I fuckin hope so.