Friday, 17 August 2012

CollinsBeans Championship 2012/13 Preview

It’s not all about the top flight – time for some predictions on what is always a very tough league to call.

It’s something of a cliché now but the Championship really is a lottery, making pre-season predictions a seriously hazardous task. Nonetheless, we’ve donned our hard hats and done our best to come up with some ideas of who might be sealing promotion, and who could be playing League One football in 12 month’s time.

Again, we’ve gone all trendy and kept responses to a succinct 140 characters or less.

TOP OF THE LEAGUE              

Matthew Snelling:   

1. Bolton Wanderers    

Coyle’s still a good manager isn’t he? Strong squad at this level with plenty of experience. Lee & Holden top class but do lack prolific scorer  

2. Blackpool  

Best team I saw live last year who only *just* didn’t make it up. Lovely passing game backed up by talented if rather eccentric squad (sort of like their manager)  

Playoff winner: Cardiff City  

Could they? Finally? Always the bridesmaids but momentum seems to be building. New owners, talented young squad, driven manager and Bellamy on the books  

James Platt:  

1. Cardiff City  

This league notoriously hard to predict so what the hell - Cardiff. Surely they’ll get promoted one day? Red kit might just do it...  

2. Bolton Wanderers  

Predictable choice by there is stability by keeping Coyle + still possess some pretty decent players. Lee is quality if fit  

Playoff winner: Leicester City  

Seem to be tipped every year but it feels more settled this time. Pearson really does need to finally deliver. Squad looks strong



22. Peterborough United

Not exactly many signings to note & I wouldn’t want to pin my hopes on George Boyd. Very hard not to see them struggling to stay up

23. Bristol City

Just doesn’t seem to be much quality there & difficult to see many goals being scored. Tough ask for McInnes despite decent job last season

24. Barnsley

Worrying when you’re banking everything on Mido. Can’t see him fancying Peterborough away on a cold January evening. Squad looks very light


22. Ipswich

A controversial one, but relegation to League 1 happened to Norwich. Jewell’s squad looks weak and have developed habit of going on bad losing streaks

23. Barnsley

Write them off at your peril…but here I go again. Small squad and budget and will need to punch above their weight (which in Mido’s case is quite a lot)

24. Bristol City

Talented manager McInnes helped break malaise last year but not sure Jody Morris the answer. Never trust a side with Jon Stead as main striker



Wilfried Zaha

Few signings for Palace so much will depend on Zaha. Big bonus he wasn’t sold. Massive talent – now time to go to next level & lead the team


Thomas Ince

Already started making a (famous) name for himself but all round goal scoring midfielder could be creative fulcrum of attractive Blackpool side

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