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LOV's 2019/20 Bolton Wanderers season predictions

The writers try to predict this upcoming season

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With the League One season starting tomorrow, we thought we'd try to predict how Bolton Wanderers will fare this year.

It's hard enough to predict at the best of the times, let alone after the pre-season that Wanderers had.

So, without knowing the full team, here are our 2019/20 season predictions.

James:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts? - Players who aren’t a complete pile of shit

2. First six games - WDWWDL

3. Final league position - 15th

4. Breakthrough Player - Zouma

5. Signing of the season - Thompson when this fucking takeover is finally done

6. Top goalscorer - Ched Evans. Won’t be Magennis, shit twat.

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season? - Nope

8. One final random prediction for the season - Jason Lowe will score only the 2nd ever goal in his career from outside the box.

Ian:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

Well, where do you start? New owners, new playing squad, new manager, ST released, new kit, new sponsors, fans to return...

2. First six games

No takeover means the kids play, so other than a possible draw at Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, all will be defeats. If a first team plays, then maybe we’ll be up-to-speed to get a result or two by the end of August. I’ll go for a draw at Tranmere and a first win against Donny.

3. Final league position

In the bottom four unfortunately.

4. Breakthrough Player

A toss up between Brockbank and Politic.

5. Signing of the season

Need to make one first...

6. Top goalscorer

Not signed him yet. It won’t be Magennis.

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

hahahahahahaha ...and breath... hahahahahahaha

8. One final random prediction for the season

Accy for playoff promotion with Holty mooning the EFL bigwigs on behalf of all true football fans at the final whistle.

Rob:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

Some players? It would be easier to answer what we don’t need - about the only thing I can think of is a goalkeeper.

Let’s see... New owners. Some money. Not to be in negative points. About four centre-backs. A couple of full-backs, minimum. A load of midfielders, someone with an ounce of creativity, and someone who can shoot. A manager who doesn’t play negative football. Basically everything.

2. First six games

6 losses?

Wycombe 3-0 Bolton XI

Bolton 0-5 Coventry

Rochdale 11-0 Bolton XI (who cares about the Carabao Cup)

Tranmere 5-0 Bolton

Bolton 2-2 Doncaster

Bolton 1-3 Ipswich

3. Final league position

23rd - only because Bury are even worse / are even less likely not to exist before us.

4. Breakthrough Player

Dennis Politic - if Parky bothers to give him a go. Failing that, does Erhun Oztumer count? We need to build a team around him in this league - and not play Parky’s hoofball.

5. Signing of the season

We need to make one first. I’m not holding my breath…

6. Top goalscorer

Seeing as we have one striker, who hasn’t scored in nearly a year and 36 league matches. There’s only one choice… Erhun Oztumer.

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

Sadly, yes. Seeing as we can’t even pay our former players the wages they were due six months ago, surely we also can’t afford to pay off Parkinson if we sack him?

8. One final random prediction for the season

Josh Vela to take the Ladbrokes Premiership by storm with +10 goals.

Jamie:

1. Apart from a owner, a squad and a new manager I’m not sure really.

2. Wycombe 1-2 Bolton Wanderers (or I hope so because the odds were too tempting to ignore). Bolton 0-1 Coventry City. Rochdale 1-1 Bolton (Rochdale to win). Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Bolton. Bolton 0-2 Doncaster Rovers. Bolton 0-3 Ipswich Town.

3. Bottom of the league in 23rd, with Bury taking a year off.

4. Dennis Politic as it looks like he will actually still be here and undoubtably has promise.

5. Adam Thompson sounds like he could be a good addition. Although, you have to question the sanity of someone who tears up his contract at Bury and comes to Bolton expecting to be paid...

6. If he signs then Ched Evans. If not maybe Josh Magennis will end up staying and change the habit of a lifetime?

7. It looks like he will be kept on and I would expect him to do a decent job back at his level in League One. I would expect him to survive the season and would hope his position will then be properly reviewed once bigger issues at the club have been addressed.

8. Harry Maguire to score an own goal at Old Trafford this season.

Manny Road Tom:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

A squad

2. First six games

Wycombe 3-0 Bolton

Bolton 0-3 Coventry

Rochdale 3-0 Bolton

Tranmere 1-18 Bolton

Bolton 0-2 Doncaster

Bolton 0-2 Ipswich

3. Final league position

23rd

4. Breakthrough Player

Hasn’t signed yet

5. Signing of the season

Hasn’t signed yet

6. Top goalscorer

Hasn’t signed yet

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

No - a poor start and ill-equipped squad will see him pushed out before Christmas. David Lee to take over and see a minor upturn in fortunes, enough for him to keep the job in our first season in League Two.

8. One final random prediction for the season

Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers to finish above Chelsea.

Reece:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

The takeover to go through.

2. First six games

Wycombe 1-1 Bolton

Bolton 2-1 Coventry

Rochdale 1-0 Bolton (who cares about the cup?)

Tranmere 1-1 Bolton

Bolton 3-1 Doncaster

Bolton 0-2 Ipswich

3. Final league position

13th

4. Breakthrough Player

Dennis Politic (if we keep hold of him)

5. Signing of the season

Haven't signed him yet

6. Top goalscorer

Josh Magennis (15+)

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

For certain.

8. One final random prediction for the season

Michy Batshuayi to win Premier League golden boot if he stays at Chelsea.

Lee:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts? Everything. Mainly to keep hold of who we have as it’ll be damned near impossible to sign up 10+ match ready players in one day...

2. First six games -

Wycombe 2 Bolton 1

Bolton 1 Coventry 1

Go out of the Carabao Cup on penalties to Rochdale after a 0-0 borefest

Tranmere 3 Bolton 2

Bolton 2 Doncaster 1

Bolton 1 Ipswich 1

3. Final league position - 18th

4. Breakthrough Player - Dennis Politic, if we can keep hold of him

5. Signing of the season - watch this space

6. Top goalscorer - Oztumer, if he stays

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season? Of course he will, he’s like a Sloth clinging on to its tree

8. Random prediction - Manchester United will finish bottom half of the prem

Adam:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

Nothing, we’re in the best shape of our lives. Oh wait, no, maybe 11 players and a brand new ownership would be nice.

2. First 6 games

Wycombe 0 - 1 Bolton

Bolton 2 - 0 Coventry

Rochdale 2 - 1 Bolton

Tranmere -1 - 2 Bolton

Bolton 0 - 2 Doncaster

Bolton 1 - 2 Ipswich

3. Final league position

Gonna be bold and not overly optimistic and say 10th

4. Breakthrough player?

Dennis Politic

5. Signing of the Season

To be confirmed... the whole of our new squad? Ben Pringle?

6. Top Goalscorer

Josh Magennis, League 1 legend, 17 goals

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

Yes. It’ll be a grim slog of a season but I think the new ownership (when they arrive) will want to keep the ship as steady as possible and will leave Parky in charge, won’t go anywhere unless things are diabolical.

8. One final random prediction for the season

Big Sam to win Strictly

Chris:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

A new manager, 18 new players, 10,000 new fans and about £150m in the bank

2. First six games

Wycombe 7-0 Bolton

Bolton 0-5 Coventry

Rochdale 8-0 Bolton

Tranmere 0-infinity Bolton

Bolton 0-9 Doncaster

Bolton 0-0 Ipswich

3. Final league position

24th

4. Breakthrough Player

Ronan Darcy. Whoever he is

5. Signing of the season

Nice one

6. Top goalscorer

Alnwick

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

No and he doesn’t deserve to be

8. One final random prediction for the season

Supporters trust to disband.

Ed:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

A whole team basically. Hopefully we’ll be well equipped for League One by the end of August. The quicker the better.

2. First six games

Wycombe could really be any result.

I think we’ll beat Coventry 2-1.

Scrape a win in the cup at Rochdale, probably on penalties.

Tranmere will be a draw.

Doncaster will probably be a draw.

I think we’ll probably be on the losing side against Ipswich.

3. Final league position

Anywhere above 20th would be great given this pre-season. If we can push on and grind out some results to push us up the table, even better.

4. Breakthrough Player

Having seen him play for the U23s on numerous occasions, Dennis Politic could play a huge role in this season for Wanderers.

5. Signing of the season

We haven’t signed him yet.

6. Top goalscorer

We haven’t signed him yet.

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

Who knows? If the season is going well he’ll probably still be here.

8. One final random prediction for the season

Big Sam to recreate his dance with Jay-Jay on Strictly.

Tom J:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

Everything. With the takeover supposedly imminent we are expecting a wave of signings to add to our depleted squad but the area in which we are most desperate for improvement is in attack. Erhun Oztumer and Josh Magennis look set to leave the club and will need replacing but also it is paramount we get new wingers in. I would love to see us go down the route of signing pacy but unpredictable players rather than replace the useless Buckley and Noone with players who are similar to them. A goalscorer in the mould of Ched Evans would be a great addition too.

2. First six games

Wycombe 1 Bolton 1

Bolton 2 Coventry 1

Rochdale 1 Bolton 0

Tranmere 2 Bolton 2

Bolton 1 Doncaster 0

Bolton 0 Ipswich 2

3. Final League Position

18th, presuming pissing the league with 123 points isn’t possible.

4. Signing of the season

Yet to sign anyone as of writing but Evans and Thompson look like tidy additions. My personal favourite out of the trialists we have had is Daniel Lafferty, though. Only one full-back got the better of Filipe Morais in 2017 and it was Lafferty for Sheffield United. He must be the next Ashley Cole.

5. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

Yes, he may not be popular but League One is his level and I think he’ll find a way to make us competitive and keep his job in the process.

6. One final random prediction for the season

David Wheater to score 15 goals for Oldham and be named League 2 Player of the Year, the aftermath of this being he re-signs for Bolton.

Will:

1. What else do you think we need before the season starts?

Squad overhaul, season tickets, a stadium safety certificate, a new manager, a new kit and a partridge in a pear tree

2. First six games

Wycombe 1-3 Bolton

Bolton 1-1 Coventry

Rochdale 0-2 Bolton

Tranmere 0-47 Bolton

Bolton 1-0 Doncaster

Bolton 0-0 Ipswich

3. Final league position

14th

4. Breakthrough Player

Zouma. One to watch.

5. Signing of the season

Erm...

6. Top goalscorer

Oztumer, if he stays.

7. Will Parky still be here at the end of the season?

No, I can’t see him at Wanderers beyond Christmas in all honesty, nothing but appreciation for what he’s done for us in the past and how he’s handled the off the field stuff but with a new regime and a club to rebuild, changes required to do just that include the managerial position.

8. One final random prediction for the season

Wheater to end up out on the piss with us all in May regardless of where Bolton or Oldham finish