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Preview and Predictions of the Opening Weekend of The Football League Championship

Well, what can I say ladies and gents, it’s that nerve racking yet exciting time of the year all over again, its time to start the Football League Season! For some the next 9 months will be an exhilarating roller coaster of emotions ending in a successful season, for other it may be a painful and turbulent period with your team clinging on to or losing its place in its current division on the last day. All I know for certain is its going to be awesome season and its guaranteed to throw up more than a few surprises.

 

Without further ado, lets have a look at:

The Championship

 

Last season Queens Park Rangers strolled through to the title with only a slight wobble, whilst Norwich showed just how talented a squad and manager they had at their disposal. This season however could yet prove to be the most exciting yet, with nearly half the teams in the division having the ability and squad depth it would appear to challenge for promotion the Premier League and with it a chance to get a cash injection of between £30-50 million, or so the media will report these figures.

West Ham, Birmingham and Blackpool have all come down to the Championship this season and will all likely have hopes of being at the top end of the table come the end of the season. Whilst on the other hand Leeds who painfully missed out on a play-off spot last term, alongside beaten play-off sides Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Ipswich will all be hoping that lady luck shines upon them and this time its there year for automatic promotion. Also don’t be too quick to discount Burnley whom could prove strong opposition for many of the top clubs and a resurgent looking Leicester under Sven-Goran Eriksson and seemingly have money to burn.

Turning attention to the bottom half of the table most people’s eyes will be on Southampton, Brighton and Peterborough as they bid to forge strong roots after their steps up and maintain their spots in the division. Meanwhile the likes of Coventry, Crystal Palace and Doncaster have all struggled in recent seasons and will be hoping the can spend more time looking ahead to middle table security rather than looking over their shoulders at a drop into the abyss which is League One.

 

Predictions for the season are:

Champions: Leicester City

Runners Up: Nottingham Forest

Play-Offs: Birmingham, Leeds, Burnley and West Ham

Relegation: Coventry, Doncaster and Peterborough

 

Looking ahead to the first round of fixtures which start tonight when Hull host Blackpool I predict the results for the opening weekend will be:

 

Hull 1 Blackpool 1

Coventry 0 Leicester 2

Brighton 2 Doncaster 1

Bristol City 1 Ipswich 1

Burnley 1 Watford 0

Derby 1 Birmingham 3

Middlesbrough 0 Portsmouth 0

Nottingham Forest 4 Barnsley 1

Peterborough 2 Crystal Palace 2

Reading 2 Millwall 1

Southampton 1 Leeds 2

West Ham 2 Cardiff 0

 

These of course are just my predictions and i of course would welcome any comments from people who may differ or agree or simply just want to comment on my first blog.

I’ll be back later with my predictions and previews for Leagues 1 and 2 and after the weekend to analyze just how accurate my predictions were.

 

Thanks for reading

Andy

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