Cod the catch of the day

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: July 31 2013, 8:40 BST

Fleetwood Town are tipped to come out on top in Sky Bet League Two this season by our expert Craig Chisnall.

Fleetwood get the nod for League Two honours
Fleetwood get the nod for League Two honours

Having been in the Premier League as recently as 2009 Portsmouth have been installed as the hot favourites - but Fleetwood look the team to beat.

Pompey have had a drastic overhaul of their squad this term and with their fantastic support they will be the team everyone wants to beat and I don't believe they will have things all their own way.

The Cod Army, on the other hand, have a season under their belt at this level and have invested heavily in several eye-catching signings.

Centre-backs might not excite most fans but the additions of Stevenage lynchpin Mark Roberts, who captained Boro from the Conference to League One, and only this week Ryan Cresswell from Southend are very astute.

They will be key to Town's form but I like the way they've strengthened in midfield as well with Steven Schumacher, Jeff Hughes and Matty Blair all coming in.

Boss Graham Alexander also won the race for Chester's Antoni Sarcevic, who will be a threat in attack, to add to an already strong-looking squad. At 8/1 they are the team to back for the title.

Bristol Rovers finished last season in great shape thanks to the fine job John Ward did after succeeding Mark McGhee and should be in contention at the other end this time.

The Pirates were in serious danger of dropping out of the league until the canny Ward returned for his second spell in charge.

Important loan signings Steve Mildenhall and John-Joe O'Toole have made their moves permanent and with several exciting youngsters coming to the fore they should go well.

At 7/2 they are a good price for one of the four promotion places.

While I've got high hopes for Rovers, I fear the worst for Bury after a turbulent 12 months.

The Shakers tumbled out of League One after financial problems left them short of quality on the pitch and that could leave a hangover this term.

I can't see Conference champions Mansfield or play-off winners Newport County struggling following their promotion and that will bring others into the mix, one of which could well be Bury.

It's a horrible market to bet on but at 9/1 they look the price to take.

In the leading scorer market Chesterfield's Marc Richards is a juicy 20/1 to take that crown and I will be investing.

Richards has a great record at this level and should get plenty of chances in a team who have made some useful additions.

The additions of creative players Jimmy Ryan and Gary Roberts from Scunthorpe and Swindon point to their ambition and will have Richards, also deadly from the spot, licking his lips about his supply line.

Richards didn't have the greatest first season with the Spireites after his move from Port Vale with just 12 goals and will be desperate to at least double that tally. At such a big price he's got to be the one to back.

  • Posted at 0830 BST on 31/07/2013.