Despite the trials and tribulations of a disappointing deadline day, Wanderers must still prepare to face Sheffield United tomorrow.

Their Championship opponents have enjoyed much more success since the two clubs were promoted together from League One in 2017.

The Blades finished a comfortable 10th last season and are currently riding high in third this year.

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Meanwhile, Bolton have been embroiled in two relegation fights.

Bramall Lane will be a tough place to visit for Bolton. Although, they did manage to grind out a 1-0 there last season courtesy of Gary Madine.

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Despite that though, Bolton’s most recent visits over the Pennines have proved unsuccessful. Bolton fell to a 2-0 defeat in 2017 and even Big Sam’s Bolton couldn’t get a win when the two clubs played in the Premier League, with Bolton coming away with a 2-2 draw back in 2006.

The biggest source of worry ahead of tomorrow’s game is the reverse fixture between the two sides.

Earlier this season, Bolton suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Sheffield United. A thumping 3-0 defeat on home soil.

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Blades busy in the transfer window

What’s worse is that Sheffield United have strengthened their side yet further since that meeting.

Despite already having Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick to play up-front, Chris Wilder added two more strikers to his side in January. Scott Hogan from Aston Villa and a man many Bolton fans will know, Gary Madine, on loan from Cardiff.

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Couple that with Bolton’s own lack of firepower and it starts to look like a forgone conclusion that Sheffield United will take all three points.

Now, anything can happen in football, but the pessimist inside me can’t see Wanderers taking anything away from this weekend’s trip to Bramall Lane.

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