Putting all of Bolton’s financial misadventures to one side and there are still five games left to play in the Championship this season. Up first for the Wanderers is an away trip to Derby.

While the remaining handful of games are unlikely to yield much in the way of positive results or points, they still have to be played.

With Bolton’s fate all-but sealed, it’s mostly just a case of ticking off the remaining fixtures.

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Chance for an unlikely double

Although it’s almost impossible, Bolton have the chance to do the double over Derby County this weekend.

The Trotter’s win over the Rams in late September was Bolton’s first win over Derby in six years.

Of course, Frank Lampard’s play-off contending side go into the match as clear favourites. However, nobody expected Bolton to triumph the last time the two clubs met.

With all of the off-field distractions going on at the club right now though, the chances of a win are far lower than in September.

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Recent form

Bolton fans can take solace in the knowledge that Derby have just two wins in their last 10 matches. Whereas the Wanderers have an almighty three victories in their last 10.

Of course, form means nothing when Bolton are involved. It’s usually a good opportunity for the Trotter’s opposition to kick-start a good run.

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Fearing the worst

While it’s unlikely, Bolton could have their relegation to League One confirmed this weekend.

For that to happen though, it would require Wigan, Millwall and Reading all to win and Bolton to lose.

That would leave Bolton with a 12 point gap to safety with just four games left. Of course, that doesn’t automatically seal relegation but the Trotter’s inferior goal difference would send them down.

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Whatever happens on Saturday though, the bigger picture and the club’s future is almost certainly the focus of everyone at the club for the time being.

Hopefully, we’ll still have a club to support going into next season.

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