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The new Championship season is almost here and its time to start thinking of everybody’s chances. Will we have one team run away with the title like Cardiff did last year or will it be a closer contest? Here I’ll have a look at who I think will make the top six and who I think will face the dreaded drop to League One. If you disagree, add your comments at the bottom!
Champions: Reading

The Royals were unlucky to be relegated last season – yes, they were 11 points away from …

Leicester City striker Jermaine Beckford will be a Bolton player by the end of the week (Sky Sports).
The former Leeds front man has reportedly agreed a two year deal at the Reebok  after accepting a massive wage cut, part of which involves a partial pay-off from the Foxes to end his contract, which ends in 2015. Negotiations for Beckford, 29, have been carried out for over two months now but a deal looks to be finalised and the the Jamaican international will join up with the Wanderers’ squad next week.
It …

William Hill has Mick McCarthy as favourite for the Bolton and 3rd favourite for the Blackburn manager jobs but who will tempt the Yorkshireman most as the managerial merry go round kick starts in the Championship.
Say what you like about Mick he knows how to get a club out of the Championship and he could easily lead both these talented squads to the Premiership this season but who suits Mick best and who will move around after this to fill the gaps.
Firstly Blackburn Rovers…
Some of the many names linked to …

“Struggling” is not an unfamiliar term for Bolton F.C. in their 11-year spell in the EPL. There were moments they fought against relegation; there were times they lost the team balance due to European distraction; there were times they had to resist the departure of their key players.
Sam Allardyce has raised Bolton’s profile in England, beating Preston North End in a play-off final to return to the Premier League in the 00/01 campaign. High-profile stars in their twilight were persuaded to the Reebok stadium and when blended with the industrious …

First off as a Chelsea fan there was nothing more satisfying than seeing Lampard prove all his doubters (including many Chelsea fans) wrong today.  As Chelsea ran out 5-1 winners at the Reebok stadium in a dominating display with Lampard controlling the midfield and picking up a hat trick along the way too.  Far too many people have written him off after an injury hit last season.  People forget he scored 13 times last season, prior to that he had scored over 20 goals in each of his previous 5 …

As a group, football fans and journalists like their stereotypes.  Arsenal?  Yeah, they can do tappy-tappy stuff, but they don’t like it up ‘em.  Stoke?  Thugs to a man, long ball merchants.  Diego Maradona?  Utter lunatic who can’t manage (okay, just because it’s a stereotype, doesn’t mean it’s wrong).  The point is that we always feel a little uncomfortable when our preconceptions are challenged.
So for a long time the consensus has been that the only positive thing to come out of Bolton is a lying pet-shop owner with a dead …

The midweek profile of the Goalkeeper Special comes a couple of days late due to circumstances out of my control. So, the profile will be looking at Bolton Wanderers and retired Finland International, Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Jussi Jaaskelainen is currently attached to Premier League side Bolton Wanderers having spent the past 13 years at the club.
The Finnish goalkeeper originally started his career in his home town of Mikkeli, playing for the Mikkeli Palloilijat club where he quickly became the number one goalkeeper.
Jaaskelainen then signed for the Finnish side, Vaasan Palloseura, before two …

We are back with another two Premier League player profiles this week, today’s feature is our 43rd altogether. Tyrone Mears is under the spotlight today, while on Wednesday fellow blogger 5stars will be featuring a West Ham player(to be stated at the bottom of the page), please enjoy Monday’s profile…
27 year old Tyrone Mears kick started his career at Premier League side Manchester City; however he only made one appearance for the ‘Citizens’. Mears decided to move to Preston North End in the year 2002; he made 70 appearances for the …

The second batch of Player Profiles continues as today, I feature Burnley’s right winger, Chris Eagles.
Chris Eagles is a midfielder currently attached to Premier League newcomers Burnley. He is primarily deployed as a right winger but can be used on the left or in the centre if needed.
Eagles is perhaps best known for his stint at Premier League champions, Manchester United in which Eagles was a player from the year 2000 all the way to 2008.
However, the pacey winger couldn’t break into the United set up and moved to several …

Wednesday’s blog returns as today I will be profiling Bolton Wanderer’s striker Kevin Davies.
Kevin Davies is an English striker currently with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.
Davies first started his career back in 1993, when he was on the books at Chesterfield, where he spent the first four years of his career at totalling 29 goals in 148 appearances.
Davies had a brief spell at Southampton before transferring to Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £7.5 million.  However, Davies’ time at the club wasn’t the best as he scored just two goals …