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- Position Last Year – Promoted from the Championship
- League odds – 7501 (888Sport) and Relegation – 2.38 (SkyBet)
- FA Cup odds – 81 (Bet365)
- League Cup odds – 67 (SportingBet)
Who’s in who’s out?
- In – Nathaniel Clyne, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez
- Out – Radhi Jaidi, Dan Harding
Does that mean they’ve improved?
It’s all relative really. Would this team even take the Championship by storm again this year given how changeable that league can be? What is sure is that they have an excellent manager and the squad that did so well last year has been sprinkled with some additional quality in key areas.
If you’re going to spend money to stay in the league then strikers is what you need and adding Rodriguez takes some of the pressure off Lambert. Of course the load is only lifted if he can put in performances of the same quality as he did last year for Burnley, but much is expected of him.
Much has been made of them tracing the path of Norwich city from League 1 to Premier League in consecutive seasons, and if Ricky Lambert adapts as well as Grant Holt did last year they could spring a few surprises. As with most promoted teams you feel like 17th is the goal, anything else is icing on the cake.
Where will they finish this year – 18th
There’s no shame in going back to where you came from, especially after back to back promotions. Keep the squad in tact and don’t do anything rash to the excellent manager and they’ll be in line for a swift return down the line. A couple of giant killings would be good a long the way as they the goals to win games, but do they have the resilience to limit the opposition’s chances?
Player worth watching?
Ricky Lambert seems to take each step up in his stride and 27 Championship goals last season was even more than he achieved in larger number of games in League 1 the year before. In fact if his goals per game ratio increases at it’s current rate he’ll get more than a goal a game this season, in which case we might need to revise our prediction and apologise for our lack of faith.
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Who would they want back?
Top scorers in the Championship last season and having already invested in a new striker would suggest that area is covered, but when your back catalogue is a greatest goals ever scored compilation on it’s own you’ve got to find room for a maverick. Some strikers are good, some are great. Matthew Le Tissier was unreal.
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