Bolton Wanderers season predictions: Could be a struggle for Neil Lennon’s side

Neil Lennon's men have a tough task ahead, but do our writers believe they can defy the bookies' gloomy forecasts?

Bolton Wanderers start the season expected by the bookmakers to face a relegation dogfight, but Neil Lennon will have other ideas.

Lennon is known for his pugnacious spirit and will need that in abundance as he works with limited resources at Bolton.

Prediction: 16th.

Freddie Shires: The lack of signings and poor pre-season results give Bolton fans every right to be concerned about the coming campaign.

Damien Lucas: Neil Lennon's side defy their odds as one of the favourites for relegation by pushing hard for a play-off place at one stage but a lack of strength in depth costs them in the end.

Mathew Nash: Neil Lennon should improve on last term with Bolton edging into the top half.

Che Thomas: The Trotters remain under financial restrictions, and they have been unable to add the much needed quality their squad needs. This season could be a struggle for Neil Lennon’s side.

Tim Poole: Neil Lennon is a man used to fighting for titles, he'll bring that to the fore in his first full season at Bolton.

Billy Hawkins: Will suffer if continuing with Neil Lennon’s attacking football, with players not suited to it.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

Here it is: 


Derby County

Hull City




Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United



Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest


Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic


MK Dons


Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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