Bolton Avoid Administration and Points Deduction
After looking sure to drop into administration at the start of the week, it has been announced that a deal has been agreed to save Bolton Wanderers and avoid them being placed into administration. This is a big move off the field and prevents the club from being put in a difficult position, but it also has a huge impact on the field too. By avoiding administration, Bolton will not be faced with a 12 point deduction and a two-year transfer ban. Those two together would have made this season very difficult for Bolton, and would have made relegation a very real possibility despite their strong start to the campaign.
It has been impressive on the field from Bolton so far, and they return from the international break in 8th place with 11 points. This is far better than many were expecting from them and going into the season they were amongst the favourites for relegation. A deduction of 12 points would have left them bottom of the table with -1 point and starring down the barrel of a tough season, so you can see just how big a move this is for the club on the field as well as off it.
While few of their fans will expect them to maintain their top half position over the coming weeks, this is a far better position that what could have been for the club, so fans will certainly be grateful for what has happened.
On return from the international break, Bolton have a winnable home fixture against QPR. Their opponents are struggling this season and find themselves in the relegation zone with just four points. Bolton are priced up at 42/25 to win the game, with the draw at 43/20 and QPR at 163/100. We have seen a little more from QPR in their most recent two games but despite that, Bolton look to have a great chance to continue their good start here.