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#1 philipl

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:37 AM

Norwich v Watford kick it all off tonight.

Possibly the most open league competition at any level in years as there are huge question marks over the teas relegated.

Burnley have Laws and a few new signings but have lost some as well- Laws is no Coyle, end of.
Hull's big ambition is to avoid a 10 point deduction through administration.
Pompey's big ambition is to find a team especially as yesterday's "signing" signed for Sheff U this morning.

So if we discount those three, who is going up?

Well I don't buy the fact that Strachan has stripped his homeland of players makes Boro favourites but they should be useful.

Forest ought to be obvious but surprise surprise Billy Davies is having a rumpus with his board instead of spending their money.

Leicester ought to be good again but the Thais and Mandaric are leaving it awfully late to be decisive in the market.

Bristol City under Coppell are making shrewd signings and in Sproule and Maynard have two of the most exciting players in the Division.

Sheff U are not weaker than last time out and will be a tough set of opponents for anyone.

Ipswich are hampered by the wild Roy Keane but have some decent players.

Reading came very good at the end of last season and should make the play-offs.

Leeds and Norwich could both challenge first time back.

Doncaster have held onto most of their players and made a significant signing in Billy Sharpe- they are certainly a very attractive side too watch under Sean O'Driscoll who is probably the pick of the bosses at that level. I fancy they will upset the apple cart and reach the play-offs.

Swansea and Cardiff are probably both more concerned about money than anything else.

PNE's 3-0 win against us was the highlight of their relegation-bound season (with Scunthorpe and Millwall).

So my tip for going up is QPR- Warnock is not everyone's cup of tea but he can manage and they are making some good signings.

Edited by philipl, 06 August 2010 - 11:01 AM.


#2 sambo

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 13:10 PM

Should be exciting...

For some reason I see Derby and QPR making good challenges after settled summers, although I feel the former will fall short of a serious title challenge.

Middlesbrough will finish in the top six in my opinion.

No idea how the Dingles will do - some good signings, but a cr@p manager and you sense the fans are just waiting for a balls up to have a go at him.

Preston will no doubt languish in mid table mediocrity.
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#3 tony gale's mic

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 13:16 PM

I fancy Leeds to do well, think they'll make the play offs but miss out on promotion.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 17:04 PM

I actually fancy Ipswich to make a solid promotion challenge and they are my favourites to win the league. Sheff Utd will be there or thereabouts, Burnley will fail, Leeds and Bristol City may well be outsiders. As a dark horse Forest may well be the team that flourish.

Middlesboro will make a good start but are play off favourites for me.
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 17:08 PM

I fancy Leeds to do well, think they'll make the play offs but miss out on promotion.


I fancy Leeds to put in a good season myself, although like yourself, I just feel the loss of Beckford's goals may mean they end up around the play-off battle.

The longer Burnley hold on to Laws the better. The man was the cheap option when appointed and nothing has changed since. Think he's out of his depth, even in the Championship.

Edited by Doaksie, 06 August 2010 - 17:09 PM.

This time next year...

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 17:12 PM

Leeds
Norwich
Reading in the playoffs..

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 17:24 PM

Forest
Bristol City
Portsmouth via the Play Offs - you can just see it, can't you??!

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 18:47 PM

I did hear right that David James went to Bristol City didn't I?

That being the case, I expect that makes them considerably stronger at the back in that division? Would anyone agree.

With Coppell at the helm they could be the suprise package.

I also think Ipswich will suprise a few, as will Swansea, Forest & Derby, but you'd have thought Boro would do well, but has Strachan still really got it anymore?

I agree with an earlier poster, I'd like to see Doncaster do well, they play some good stuff and yes, Billy Sharpe is a good finisher at that standard.

I hope the Dingles, dirty Leeds and PNE get stuffed out of sight.
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#9 Cookiemonster

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:04 PM

Nice goal for Watford against Norwich

2-0 to Watford

Edited by Cookiemonster, 06 August 2010 - 19:12 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:09 PM

Nice goal for Watford against Norwich

Nice AC Milan style strip too.

I think Forest, Boro will come automatically.
Preston will be mid table to low table again.

Edited by cn174, 06 August 2010 - 19:09 PM.


#11 philipl

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:38 PM

What a pleasant refreshing change after the World Cup. Flowing football, honest endeavour all played with a real ball!

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 19:41 PM

What a pleasant refreshing change after the World Cup. Flowing football, honest endeavour all played with a real ball!

And not a Jubulani ball in sight eh Phil? ;)

#13 Cookiemonster

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:00 PM

Another quality goal this time from Norwich

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:04 PM

What a pleasant refreshing change after the World Cup. Flowing football, honest endeavour all played with a real ball!


Not so sure about the flowing football - first 15 mins where very scrappy, but then when the little one managed to get "Shaun the Sheep" on the telly instead of the footy that looked scrappy to...

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#15 Ben-2000

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:29 PM

Leeds? Nah, mid-table I reckon.

#16 Cookiemonster

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:39 PM

Better game than 95% of the world cup

3-2 Watford injury time

Edited by Cookiemonster, 06 August 2010 - 20:39 PM.


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 20:59 PM

Got a bet on Chelsea to win PL with Boro, Southampton and Rotherham to finish in top 4 of their leagues. Got 38/1 which i think are great odds.

5 on Burnley to go down at 33/1

#18 philipl

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 10:02 AM

This interview with Ken Bates could have gone under a number of threads but I will stick it here for his predictions on the Championship!!!y

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 14:23 PM

Sheff Weds 1 Daggers 0

Doe (own goal) Doe ! ! !



2-0 now.

Also, Nob End are going down...

Edited by Plastic Head, 07 August 2010 - 14:25 PM.


#20 Tom M

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Posted 07 August 2010 - 14:48 PM

Burnley one up
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