35/46: Playoff Push Goes Through Molineux

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Blues’ push to reach the Championship playoffs seems to go on and off. After a hard fought 1-0 home win over top of the table Hull City, it was certainly on. After a disappointing and frustrating 2-0 loss at Blackburn in mid-week, the Twitter pundits declared it off again.

As it stands, Blues are five back of Sheffield Wednesday with two games in hand on the Owls. That’s not insurmountable by any stretch. The games in hand are especially important, free points for Blues to pick up (if they can get them of course). One of those extra games is tomorrow in a derby fixture at Wolverhampton. Win, Blues are two back with a game in hand still. Lose or draw, and the road gets much tougher but not impossible. With 11 league games left to go, Blues need to take care of their own business. Continue reading

31/46: Bolton Preview

Bolton_Wanderers_FC_logoTonight’s game is a visit from Bolton, against a side that is quite literally hanging on for dear life, both financially and in the table.
Yesterday, news broke that a consortium has moved to purchase Bolton for the meager sum of £7.5M (with reportedly an extra £12.5 in time). Of course, the deep discount is due to the deep debt the club find itself in. Bolton’s troubles lay with what I would have to assume would be some frivolous spending habits to say the least, that landed the team nearly £175M in debt and unable to pay staff wages. To make matters worse, the team is dead last in the Championship and fighting for their league status six points adrift. The new owners appear to be able to pay the team’s£2.2M tax bill, which would keep the team afloat:

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