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Key protagonists: Bolton Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa
Watching Blackburn Rovers' relegation be confirmed with Monday's 1-0 home defeat to Wigan Athletic—which also sealed the Latics' place in the top flight for another season—was one of the most unedifying spectacles in Premier League history.
A cold, miserable night of heavy rain saw one disgruntled fan throw a live chicken on to the pitch in protest against the Rovers' bumbling poultry farmer owners, and another come out of the crowd to throw his season ticket at manager Steve Kean.
All of that means that Blackburn join Wolverhampton Wanderers in going down to the Championship—and there is still room for one more to join them.
Villa are all but safe from the drop, as it would take results conspiring against them and a double-figure swing in goal difference, so it is between QPR and Bolton to see who will be playing in the second tier next term.
Bolton, sitting two points behind QPR, face a trip to Stoke, a tough ask at the best of times. However, the Trotters will hold out hope of a final-day escape because QPR are also on the road, travelling to face title-chasing Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, a ground where City have dropped just two points in the league all season.
Much has been made about the vengeful motivation of former City boss Mark Hughes when he returns to his old stomping ground, but the reality is that their fate will most likely be decided some 30-odd miles down the road at the Britannia Stadium.