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Monday, August 2, 2010

The Upcoming Football League Season

So with the Npower football league kicking off on Friday night with the televised game between Norwich and Watford i thought id give a little run down on the teams i think will be making a splash this season 

League Two 
For league two i don't think you can look beyond Rotherham for the title , with Adam Le Fondre leading the line they will have plenty of goals in them and they also look good at the back 
for the other promotion spots i think Shrewsbury , Crewe and Aldershot will all be fighting it out with which ever finishes forth going on to win the Playoffs 
as for relegation to the conference its a tricky one obviously the two promoted teams from last season Oxford and Stevenage are going to the favorites but i think they will both stay up with southends recent financial troubles i can see them having another season of misery.
I also think the football league will be saying goodbye to Stockport this year they have been struggling badly for a few years now 

League One 
As for league one this is a league i know very well and it is one of the hardest leagues to get out of for the big clubs down there , with that said i don't think you can look beyond Southampton if they can keep a forward 3 of Rickie Lambert , Lee Barnard and Adam Lallana fit all season they will have more than enough firepower to shoot them out of league one 
In second position i'm going to plump for Swindon even with the departure of Billy Paynter to Leeds in Charlie Austin they have one of the most exciting young Strikers in the whole country who is surely destined for big things 
As for the playoff winners i think Huddersfield will be the team to take the third promotion spot they were a tough team last season and with Lee Clark now having another year of experience as manager they could very well win the playoffs 
To be relegated i think its going to be a long hard season for both Bournemouth and Notts County with the Notts County losing one of the best young keepers in the country in Kasper Schmeichel who kept 24 clean sheets last season is a big blow and bournemouth have had a really hard time bringing players in along with bigger clubs sniffing around there talisman Brett Pittman it could be a very long season were they to lose him 
Hartlepool and Tranmere both stayed up by the skin of there teeth last season so they are my other two picks to be relegated 

 Middlesboro are far and away the bookies favs for this season with Gordon Strachen stregthening his team with lots of players from the old firm clubs i cant see beyond them to be champions especially is Kris Boyd can reproduce his SPL scoring achievements 
to take second place im going to go for Notts Forest they looked very strong last season only losing to eventually play off winners Blackpool in the semi final if they can keep there squad fit and healthy i can see them nicking second spot from Cardiff who i can see finally taking that giant leap into the (so called) big time , they lost last season playoff final and have since lost Joe Ledley from there midfield but i think with Dave Jones as manager he will be able to get them up and going again no problem 
Going down from the championship its a tough one but with Portsmouth's troubles i can see them staying up , as i write this they have 6 senior players on the books and are under a transfer embargo as for the other two im going to have to go with the bookies again and say its going to be Scunthorpe and Barnsley heading into league one this season 

Top Scorers 
Championship - Kris Boyd 6/1 a excellent choice along with Michael Chopra 10/1 and Nicky Maynard 14/1 both looking good value 

League One  - the 3 players pointed out in my league one section of Rickie Lambert 4/1 Lee Barnard 10/1 and Charlie Austin 14/1 all represent good value 

League Two - Adam Le Fondre is your best bet at 7/1 but i also like the look of Jack Lester at 14/1 

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