Sky Bet League 1 guide

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: August 1 2013, 9:36 BST

The 2013/14 Sky Bet League 1 campaign begins on Friday night and we have all angles covered in our team-by-team guide.

  • Kenny Jackett's Wolves are favourites for the League 1 title.
  • David Weir is the new man in charge at Sheffield United. 
  • Kevin Davies will lead Preston's attack. 
  • It could be a tough season for Coventry fans. 

The new Sky Bet Football League season gets under way with Sheffield United's clash at home to Notts County in League 1 on Friday night.

The excitement is building and we have a team-by-team guide for you to get fully up to speed with the chances of the 24 sides in English football's third tier.

A fan from every club answers our five questions and the Sportinglife.com view is provided by Nick Hext with a finishing position predicted for each side.

Our panel agree with Sky Bet making Wolves the 4/1 favourites for the title with Brentford, Peterborough and Sheffield United backed by many as the sides most likely to join them in winning promotion to the Championship.

The battle at the other end of the table should again be a tight affair. There is plenty of disagreement over who will fall to League 2 as Carlisle, Colchester, Coventry, Oldham and Shrewsbury are picked as just some of the teams to struggle.

All three of the most-selected players to watch are strikers and that could make the battle to be the top goalscorer very interesting indeed.

Returning Wolves forward Leigh Griffiths - back at Molineux after impressing in Scotland for Hibs last term - is Sky Bet's 6/1 favourite to win the Golden Boot, while Brentford hot-shot Clayton Donaldson (18/1) and Preston's new signing Kevin Davies (33/1) are also feared by their competitors.

Plenty of twists and turns are ahead so get the views on your club in our League 1 guide...


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Bradford City

Manager: Phil Parkinson

Last season: Seventh in League 2 (promoted via the play-offs)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 28/1, promotion 8/1, top-six finish 7/2, top-half finish 8/11, bottom-half finish 11/10, relegation 6/1.

View from the stands - Ben Firth

What are the expectations for your club this season? The official line out of the club is that a top-10 place is achievable, but if we hit the ground running as we finished last season there is no reason why we can't make the play-offs at least.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? James Hanson. If we are successful in keeping his pairing with Nahki Wells and the service continues from the midfield, the big lad will go from strength to strength and continue to establish himself as a great targetman.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Kevin Davies. What a coup for Preston landing him, still capable of doing a job in the Premier League for me.

Who will win promotion? Head says Wolves, Bristol City and Preston (heart says Bradford).

Who will be relegated? Coventry, Stevenage, Port Vale and Shrewsbury.

Our verdict: Fifth (play-offs) The Bantams can quickly get amongst the contenders in League 1 after last season's remarkable campaign. The run to the Capital One Cup final shows they have just what it takes.


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Brentford

Manager: Uwe Rosler

Last season: Third

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 10/1, promotion 7/2, top-six finish 5/4, top-half finish 1/12, bottom-half finish 7/1, relegation 20/1.

View from the stands - Phil Marchant

What are the expectations for your club this season? We are looking to challenge for automatic promotion having come so agonisingly close last season and subsequently strengthening the squad.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Clayton Donaldson had a fine season up front last season - I expect him to replicate his tireless work and reap the rewards again.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Leigh Griffiths at Wolves and Albert Adomah if he stays at Bristol City.

Who will win promotion? Brentford, Wolves and Peterborough are favourites in my book.

Who will be relegated? Possibly Walsall, Colchester, Rotherham & Oldham.

Our verdict: Second (automatic promotion) There will be plenty of motivation in the Brentford camp after the heartbreak of last term's crazy final day and subsequent play-off final defeat. Uwe Rosler has made his squad stronger and the Bees can go one step further.


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Bristol City

Manager: Sean O'Driscoll

Last season: 24th in the Championship (relegated)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 11/1, promotion 100/30, top-six finish 11/8, top-half finish 1/9, bottom-half finish 11/2, relegation 22/1.

View from the stands - Mike Adams

What are the expectations for your club this season? Consolidation after a few years of struggle culminated with relegation last season. We have a lot of young players who will need time to gel and of course they are likely to be 'green' up against the older League 1 players. I am not using the 'P' word!

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Neil Kilkenny.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Not sure about League 1 but Jordan Rhodes is the Championship's top man.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Sheffield United, Peterborough.

Who will be relegated? Colchester, Oldham, Carlisle, Shrewsbury.

Our verdict: Ninth Sean O'Driscoll is clearly the right man in charge of the Robins but it's a big job to get back on track after the disappointment of last season's relegation. Play-offs are just out of reach.


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Carlisle United

Manager: Greg Abbott

Last season: 17th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 80/1, promotion 14/1, top-six finish 13/2, top-half finish 11/4, bottom-half finish 2/7, relegation 9/4.

View from the stands - Simon Clarkson

What are the expectations for your club this season? The 20% drop in home gates last season dictates a shift towards youngsters, so it's likely to be a season of inconsistency. I'd take a mid-table finish and some cup runs.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Josh Gillies has signed from Gateshead after a great season in the Conference. Playing in the hole behind Lee Miller provides great potential to score and create for others.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Will Grigg at Brentford. He showed last season at Walsall that he can score goals for fun, so I'd expect the same again in an even better team.

Who will win promotion? It looks wide open but I think that Brentford will win it with Wolves and Preston also going up.

Who will be relegated? It's going to be tough for Colchester, Shrewsbury, Port Vale and my surprise choice is Crewe.

Our verdict: 19th Expect a similar showing to last season with Carlisle having enough to stay up but not much else.


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Colchester United

Manager: Joe Dunne

Last season: 20th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 100/1, promotion 25/1, top-six finish 9/1, top-half finish 4/1, bottom-half finish 1/6, relegation 7/4.

View from the stands - Dave Burch

What are the expectations for your club this season? I'd like to say ideally reach the play-offs but after the struggles of last season mid-table would be nice. We will probably be right on halfway.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? It's got to be Sanchez Watt. He's been signed from Arsenal and is quick and skilful on either flank. The way we are playing in pre-season with wingers switching positions it is really good to watch.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Leon Clarke at Coventry will bang in the goals in if he remains there. He was full of goals last season for Scunthorpe and Coventry.

Who will win promotion? Sheffield United, Wolves and Bristol City.

Who will be relegated? Shrewsbury, Notts County, Crewe and Carlisle.

Our verdict: 24th (relegated) Colchester only just stayed up last season and that battle for survival will prove too much in the new campaign.


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Coventry City

Manager: Steven Pressley

Last season: 15th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 33/1, promotion 9/1, top-six finish 7/2, top-half finish evens, bottom-half finish 4/5, relegation 4/1.

View from the stands - The Coventry (blog)

What are the expectations for your club this season? Expectations at Coventry are usually pretty high but after the summer we've had, playing in Northampton and the transfer embargo currently in place I'd be happy with a mid-table finish.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Cyrus Christie - he's already attracting attention from the Premier League and has come through our youth ranks. An exciting right back who isn't afraid to get forward and shoot. I'd be surprised if he was here for long!

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Kevin Davies at Preston will give a few centre-back's nightmares.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Sheffield United & Peterborough.

Who will be relegated? Colchester, Rotherham, Port Vale & Oldham.

Our verdict: 13th It isn't going to be much fun once again for fans of the Sky Blues with home matches now in Northampton but don't expect the further agony of relegation.


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Crawley Town

Manager: Richie Barker

Last season: 10th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 50/1, promotion 11/1, top-six finish 5/1, top-half finish 12/5, bottom-half finish 1/3, relegation 4/1.

View from the stands - Ian Townsend of the Crawley Town Supporters Alliance

What are the expectations for your club this season? We'd be happy with mid-table obscurity. If we can add a couple of players, particularly an extra forward, eighth. If we keep what we've got, 12th. But in honesty, 18th wouldn't be the end of the world.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? For the first half of last season Kyle McFadzean was the best centre-back in our league. For the second half he was injured, got a virus and never played another game. He's fit again now and if he stays that way he will be exceptional.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? My favourite opposition player last year was Clayton Donaldson at Brentford. I hated the sight of him, and I'm sure he'll be pleased. But I've read lots of speculation linking him with other clubs in higher leagues and I hope there may be some truth in it!

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Peterborough, Brentford.

Who will be relegated? Colchester, Oldham, Rotherham and Swindon. Actually the last two are just forlorn hopes on my part!

Our verdict: 11th There is good quality in the Crawley squad and that will once again see them to a mid-table slot.


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Crewe Alexandra

Manager: Steve Davis

Last season: 13th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 50/1, promotion 12/1, top-six finish 5/1, top-half finish 12/5, bottom-half finish 1/3, relegation 4/1.

View from the stands - Scott Kynnersley

What are the expectations for your club this season? Despite losing our captain Luke Murphy to Leeds, I feel with the right midfielder brought in we can improve on last season's finish. Anything in the top 10 would be a great season for us.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Tough one this. Max Clayton is the obvious answer and understandably so. The little forward is destined for big things and a host of Premier League clubs are monitoring his contract situation. Ryan Colclough is another with a good shout but my choice is Byron Moore. Byron is a talented lad with everything in his locker but isn't consistent enough. This may well be his season to shine.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson. The ex-Crewe star is always a handful with his power, strength and goalscoring record over the last few years.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Peterborough and Brentford.

Who will be relegated? Gillingham, Colchester, Carlisle and Oldham.

Our verdict: 22nd (relegated) Crewe's young stars always head for pastures new like Luke Murphy has done this summer and now it could be a really tough ask to keep the momentum from last season. Expect a tough battle at the wrong end of the table.


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Gillingham

Manager: Martin Allen

Last season: League 2 champions

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 33/1, promotion 10/1, top-six finish 4/1, top-half finish evens, bottom-half finish 4/5, relegation 4/1.

View from the stands - James Tong

What are the expectations for your club this season? The younger, more optimistic fans seem to think we'll blast straight through the division and get a second successive promotion (like Southend and Peterborough in years gone by) but the general consensus seems to be lower mid-table, with no real relegation fears. Winning at least one away game will be an improvement on the last time that we were in this division!

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Cody McDonald is seen as the returning hero - having had two successful loan spells (scoring 25 goals in the 2010/2011 season and four in seven games last season) and a lot of fans expect similar stats from him this year, albeit in a higher division. I think that midfielder Amine Linganzi will win a lot of plaudits for his vision and range of passing, though.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Jack Payne at Peterborough - does the simple things very well. Also, Martin Fillo at Brentford will entertain - he's the sort of player that even opposition fans would applaud.

Who will win promotion? Wolves and Port Vale, with Orient as the surprise package.

Who will be relegated? Coventry's off-field issues will see them struggle. Colchester and Swindon are set for long seasons, and I can see Rotherham (and their oh-so-pleasant manager) going straight back down.

Our verdict: 14th The Gills enjoyed League 2 title success last term and have more than enough to stay safe a division higher.


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Leyton Orient

Manager: Russell Slade

Last season: Seventh

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 33/1, promotion 14/1, top-six finish 6/1, top-half finish evens, bottom-half finish 4/5, relegation 9/2.

View from the stands - Tony Roome of the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust

What are the expectations for your club this season? It's a really open league this year - so we'd like to be thinking in terms of promotion. But we're Orient fans so we'll hope to make sure we avoid relegation first, then hope for top 10 and, only when we can see absolutely no alternative, will we consider there to be a realistic chance of promotion.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Could nominate anyone from our new French spine: Baudry, Vincelot and Lasimant - but the one we all hope will do well is Moses Odubajo; a fast winger/full-back who has come through the youth system and can be a real crowd-pleaser on his day.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Clayton Donaldson at Brentford is a handful for any defence.

Who will win promotion? You've got to fancy Wolves to go straight back up - not least because of their financial muscle; Bristol City can maybe emulate them while Sheffield United may well get it right this year.

Who will be relegated? Much harder to guess: Coventry could well struggle with all the problems around finance and the ground; Port Vale, Crawley and Rotherham may also find life difficult this year.

Our verdict: Eighth Orient just missed out on a play-off place last season and it looks like more frustration is in store in the battle for a top-six berth.


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Milton Keynes Dons

Manager: Karl Robinson

Last season: Eighth

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 14/1, promotion 7/2, top-six finish 11/8, top-half finish 1/6, bottom-half finish 4/1, relegation 20/1.

View from the stands - Mark Costello

What are the expectations for your club this season? Our fanbase seem to be split into two, one half want the club to spend money and go for promotion, the other half are happy for us to build a team and not overspend to get promotion - overall if we can make the play-offs in a very strong league this season then that will be a good result.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Provided he's still with us Stephen Gleeson. The vice-captain and gives us real momentum on the pitch, scores goals, tackles well and can pick a good pass - certainly one for the Championship soon, ideally with us!

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Leigh Griffiths at Wolves should score plenty.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Peterborough and Bristol City.

Who will be relegated? Carlisle, Stevenage, Crewe and Crawley.

Our verdict: Fourth (play-offs) The Dons have not been as widely touted for promotion as previous years but it's a settled set-up at the club under Karl Robinson and they can return to the play-offs.


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Notts County

Manager: Chris Kiwomya

Last season: 12th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 25/1, promotion 6/1, top-six finish 3/1, top-half finish evens, bottom-half finish 4/5, relegation 6/1.

View from the stands - Matt Hartley

What are the expectations for your club this season? If the previous few seasons are anything to go by, I expect a mid-season finish, and at least two managerial changes! It would be nice to think we could have a run at the play-offs, but I'm not sure the squad is as strong as the last two seasons. Alan Judge will be a big loss, and a couple of other regular players have moved on, so it might a season to not get the hopes up too high. Hopefully we will stick with the manager, and see a bit more of the youngsters such as Tyrell Waite.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Bartosz Bialkowski was excellent between the posts for us last season, and I think he could be our most important player this season. Having a keeper you can rely on at this level is crucial, and I've not seen too many better than him in this division. From an attacking point of view, it will be interesting to see if Chris Kiwomya can get the best out of Danny Haynes - we really missed a goalscorer last season so hopefully he can fill the void.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? There are a few big names with Kevin Davies at Preston, and Kevin Doyle at Wolves, but I'd go for Clayton Donaldson at Brentford. I was disappointed not to get him from Crewe a couple of years ago when we were linked with him, and think he could get the goals to help Brentford get promotion this year. Lee Hughes is always worth watching - looking forward to his return to Meadow Lane with Port Vale!

Who will win promotion? Peterborough as champions, Brentford as runners-up, and Preston through the play-offs (beating Sheffield United in the play-offs in all probability!)

Who will be relegated? Shrewsbury, Colchester, Oldham, and I think Tranmere will struggle if they continue the downward spiral from last year.

Our verdict: 12th It looks like another season in mid-table for the Magpies with the play-offs a step too far.


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Oldham Athletic

Manager: Lee Johnson

Last season: 19th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 66/1, promotion 20/1, top-six finish 8/1, top-half finish 13/5, bottom-half finish 2/7, relegation 9/4.

View from the stands - Dave Moore

What are the expectations for your club this season? A realistic prediction would be to finish in the top half and anything above 10th spot would be a bonus. A nice cup run against Premier League opposition, like last season, would be great for the club and its coffers.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? As the squad is still being put together it's difficult to predict just who will shine this season. If Jose Baxter stays he is always one to watch out for and should be a good influence on the younger players. Jonson Clarke-Harris could be worth watching from the new signings.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? All of the opposing goalkeepers as they will need to be on their toes when they face us.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Brentford and Sheffield United.

Who will be relegated? Walsall, Port Vale, Crawley and hopefully MK Dons.

Our verdict: 10th This will be a big test for Lee Johnson in the 32-year-old's first full season as manager. There was a definite upturn after his arrival last term and that can see the Latics to mid-table.


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Peterborough United

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Last season: 22nd in the Championship (relegated)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 9/1, promotion 11/4, top-six finish evens, top-half finish 1/16, bottom-half finish 9/1, relegation 33/1.

View from the stands - Barry Bennett of the Posh Supporters' Trust

What are the expectations for your club this season? The hope is to go back up but it depends on keeping together the team that finished strongly last season. We had a disastrous start followed by a great second half of the season to nearly stay up. Dwight Gayle's move to Crystal Palace is good for the player and a great deal financially for the club but it does leave us short of a proven striker. If the goals can be found then we can get automatic promotion.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Lee Tomlin is a proven performer but my tip is Kgosi Nthle. He is a star of the future and can bounce back after injury. He's already impressed during pre-season.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? I've been so disappointed by relegation that I haven't had chance to look. Going down seemed unjust with such a late goal and the circumstances that surrounded it on the last day of the season.

Who will win promotion? MK Dons, Tranmere and Peterborough.

Who will be relegated? I haven't looked yet at the sides who could struggle. We will find out when the season gets under way.

Our verdict: Third (play-offs) Posh drop back to League 1 after one season in the Championship but the good news is Darren Ferguson has experience at this level and a strong squad available.


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Port Vale

Manager: Micky Adams

Last season: Third in League 2 (promoted)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 50/1, promotion 14/1, top-six finish 5/1, top-half finish 12/5, bottom-half finish 1/3, relegation 7/2.

View from the stands - Chris Parsons

What are the expectations for your club this season? We are on a high after last season's success. Fans are aware of the new challenge with quality like Wolves and Sheffield United to face and a mid-table finish would be nice, maybe even close to the play-offs. We can do more than just survive.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? The obvious name is Tom Pope after his 33 goals in all competitions last season. The question people will be asking is can he do the same again a level up? If he gets the goals we will do well. A young player to watch out for is Ryan Lloyd. He's an attacking midfielder who has looked assured in pre-season.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Kevin Doyle at Wolves may move on but if he stays having a player of his standard in League 1 is quite rare.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Sheffield United and Notts County through the play-offs.

Who will be relegated? Shrewsbury, Oldham, Rotherham and Coventry.

Our verdict: 21st (relegated) Vale stuttered to promotion at the end of last season and it will now be a fight to retain their newly-acquired League 1 status.


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Preston North End

Manager: Simon Grayson

Last season: 14th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 14/1, promotion 4/1, top-six finish 6/4, top-half finish 1/5, bottom-half finish 7/2, relegation 14/1.

View from the stands - Huw Smith

What are the expectations for your club this season? It has got to be a better season than we have experienced recently. Consistency has been our main issue; we win easily against a top side and then lose two or three on the bounce. Hopefully a play-off place.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Hopefully Stuart Beavon will be able to reproduce his Wycombe form.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? There are too many to mention.

Who will win promotion? Sheffield United, Swindon, Brentford.

Who will be relegated? Rotherham, Wolves, Crawley and Oldham.

Our verdict: Sixth (play-off winners) The signing of Kevin Davies has made League 1 fans sit up and take notice of North End. Simon Grayson has a fantastic track record of winning promotion to the Championship with Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield (twice via the play-offs).


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Rotherham United

Manager: Steve Evans

Last season: Second in League 2 (promoted)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 25/1, promotion 6/1, top-six finish 15/8, top-half finish 8/13, bottom-half finish 5/4, relegation 9/1.

View from the stands - Dale Weldon

What are the expectations for your club this season? Mid-table. We've just come up so you don't want to get too carried away.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Lee Frecklington and Kari Arnason - if he plays in his right position.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? I don't know yet as we've just come up but it will be interesting to see.

Who will win promotion? Sheffield United, Wolves and Preston.

Who will be relegated? Crawley, Walsall, Bradford and Port Vale.

Our verdict: 16th The Millers could surprise some of League 1's big guns after winning promotion last season. Mid-table is set to be their destination but expect some impressive performances on the way.


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Sheffield United

Manager: David Weir

Last season: Fifth

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 11/1, promotion 7/2, top-six finish 11/8, top-half finish 1/8, bottom-half finish 5/1, relegation 14/1.

View from the stands - Gareth Roulson

What are the expectations for your club this season? To finish in the top six would be a great achievement for David Weir in his first managerial role but top two isn't out of the question either (plus don't think I could cope with another play-off campaign). If we can keep the likes George Long and Harry Maguire at the club and a few of the new boys settle in quickly like Febian Brandy and Lyle Taylor we could be in for a successful campaign.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Febian Brandy is quick, direct and hopefully he'll grabs us a few crucial goals. Also Kevin McDonald will have a big influence over the way United play this season.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Will Grigg at Brentford scored goals at Walsall last season and I think he will continue to goals again. Leigh Griffiths from Wolves had a great season in Scotland and should score a few.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Bristol City and Sheffield United.

Who will be relegated? Crawley Town, Colchester United, Stevenage and Port Vale.

Our verdict: Seventh The Blades are a really hard side to make a prediction for this season. David Weir is an astute appointment and has made good signings. Time will tell if a promotion push is going to happen.


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Shrewsbury Town

Manager: Graham Turner

Last season: 16th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 100/1, promotion 25/1, top-six finish 9/1, top-half finish 4/1, bottom-half finish 1/6, relegation 15/8.

View from the stands - Steve Burmingham

What are the expectations for your club this season? This is our second season in League 1 so hopefully it will be another season of consolidation. We finished last season strongly and finished 16th in the league so anything higher than that would show real progress. The bookies have made us favourites to get relegated and we only have two strikers signed up at the moment but it is a very young squad and Graham Turner is looking to bring in the right players that will boost us. Pre-season has gone well as we have beaten Birmingham, the development squads of Man City and Liverpool and drawn with Bolton. We also played Galatasaray and lost 3-0 but played well in defeat. I'm hopeful of a few new signings being made this week in the run up to the first league game against MK Dons and would gladly take a mid-table finish if it was offered to me now.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? John Taylor, our winger, is a real livewire of a player. When he's on form, he's a nightmare for full-backs. He's signed a new two-year deal this summer and Derby were believed to be interested in him so he has a good reputation. Keeping him fit will be crucial if we are looking to build on last season's position.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Kevin Davies is a big-name player for League 1 and Preston are chucking a lot of money at trying to get promotion. If he delivers, Preston will have a very good season.

Who will win promotion? Peterborough (they know how to get out of this division and have kept faith with Darren Ferguson), Preston (Simon Grayson is too good a manager for this level and has been backed with some of the signings he has made) and Bristol City (Sean O'Driscoll is putting together his own team and they are a bit of a sleeping giant).

Who will be relegated? We're the bookies favourites to get relegated but I think we'll be mid-table. My four for the drop are Colchester (struggled last year and I don't think the manager is good enough to keep them up again), Oldham (inexperienced manager and flirted with relegation last year), Coventry (seem to be going from one crisis to another and playing at Northampton will have an impact) and Carlisle (were no great shakes last year).

Our verdict: 23rd (relegated) The Shrews will be one of the sides fighting at the bottom and a return to League 2 after a couple of seasons in the third tier is likely.


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Stevenage

Manager: Graham Westley

Last season: 18th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 100/1, promotion 25/1, top-six finish 9/1, top-half finish 4/1, bottom-half finish 1/6, relegation 2/1.

View from the stands - Pete Hayman

What are the expectations for your club this season? Boro will be under no illusions this season. For the past two seasons, League 1 has been a tough division in which to compete, and the addition of Bristol City, Peterborough and Wolves makes it even more difficult. But with Graham Westley back in charge, Boro will look to give as good as they get in each game. We should be more or less comfortable this year, with mid table the initial aim.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Luke Freeman is a player who appears to have been completely revitalised with the return of Graham Westley, but it will be a big season for Jon Ashton. Having missed a large chunk of last season, our imperious defender is ready to go once again - but this time with the captaincy and big shoes to fill in that respect.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? After his successful loan spell at Hibs, the lad Leigh Griffiths at Wolves looks like he could cause a problem or three in League 1 if he finds the target regularly. From a Stevenage point of view, it'll be good to see Posh's Michael Bostwick in action for the first time since he left for London Road.

Who will win promotion? Peterborough, Wolves, Preston.

Who will be relegated? Shrewsbury Town, Port Vale, Colchester United, Walsall.

Our verdict: 15th Graham Westley is back in charge and knows the club and division well enough to stay away from danger.


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Swindon Town

Manager: Vacant

Last season: Sixth

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 33/1, promotion 8/1, top-six finish 100/30, top-half finish evens, bottom-half finish 4/5, relegation 9/2.

View from the stands - Richard Banyard

What are the expectations for your club this season? I've given up trying to predict what the Town are going to do. The last time we got to the League 1 play-offs, we were expecting to challenge for promotion the following year, and instead we ended up bottom of the league. This season, we're a club very much in transition, with a small, young squad and currently no manager - it could be exciting, but I think it's more likely to be a season of struggle.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Apparently England under-20 international Alex Pritchard is supposed to be very good, and was expected to be loaned out to a Championship side this summer - instead he's one of six players we've brought in from Tottenham over the close season (so far....?)

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Adam Forshaw at Brentford impressed me last season.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Brentford and as a long shot, Preston.

Who will be relegated? Very difficult to choose. I'll be positive and not pick us, so I'll say Colchester, Carlisle, Shrewsbury and Tranmere.

Our verdict: 20th The Robins have already lost their manager during pre-season and they can expect the 2012/13 play-off finish to turn into a battle for survival.


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Tranmere Rovers

Manager: Ronnie Moore

Last season: 11th

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 40/1, promotion 14/1, top-six finish 11/2, top-half finish 7/4, bottom-half finish 4/9, relegation 4/1.

View from the stands - Andrew Morrison

What are the expectations for your club this season? After spending five months at the top of League 1 last season before the most spectacular collapse imaginable, much will depend on how well Ronnie Moore strengthens his squad, and key players avoiding the treatment table. One of the smallest budgets in League 1 has the manager relying on a paper-thin squad, but the first XI looks strong and Ryan Lowe's arrival should add the firepower that was sorely missing after Christmas last season. If James Wallace can return from long-term injury and two or three more additions are made in key areas, a play-off place would not be out of the question.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? A fit and firing James Wallace is the best central midfielder in this league, but our young captain has been out since early December with a cruciate ligament injury and a much slower than expected recovery has him doubtful for the start of this campaign. His return will be key to any hopes for a play-off push. Elsewhere, Ryan Lowe will bring goals, while Max Power and Ash Taylor will be the target of bigger clubs before the campaign is out.

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? If Jake Cassidy can get starts for Wolves, the goals will surely follow from this natural marksman, while it will be interesting to see whether Leigh Griffiths brings his Hibs form south of the border. Stephen Gleeson also always looks a class apart for MK Dons.

Who will win promotion? Peterborough, Bristol City, Brentford.

Who will be relegated? Coventry, Carlisle. Port Vale, Shrewsbury.

Our verdict: 18th Rovers started last season in terrific fashion but ended it abysmally to slide to mid-table. A lower finish can be expected at the end of the campaign.


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Walsall

Manager: Dean Smith

Last season: Ninth

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 100/1, promotion 16/1, top-six finish 7/1, top-half finish 7/2, bottom-half finish 1/5, relegation 7/2.

View from the stands - Neil Ravenscroft

What are the expectations for your club this season? A lot more uncertain after losing our three leading scorers from last season in a week! It all depends on how much of the million or so received is given to Dean Smith to spend on bringing in replacements. The sideways moving Febian Brandy and Will Grigg won't be that difficult to replace, I think, but the creative skills of Jamie Paterson might be more problematical to match. Smith's record so far has been excellent, however.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? I think former Doncaster man James Baxendale, who had a few really good performances last season may well step up a level this year. He does have the pace and creativity to at least partially fill the hole left by Paterson. Apart from him, whoever we bring in to put away the chances our midfield create!

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Nobody who doesn't play for Walsall is worth watching, unless they are a target for us!

Who will win promotion? The way of the game is that you have to look at the teams with the money, Sheffield United, Brentford, whose owner is pouring in millions, plus one surprise package, to emulate Yeovil last season.

Who will be relegated? Wolves and Vale (hopefully), plus the overspending Coventry and Swindon, with any luck!

Our verdict: 17th Last season's finish of ninth was a great achievement but the loss of Will Grigg and Jamie Paterson in particular means this campaign will be much tougher.


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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manager: Kenny Jackett

Last season: 23rd in the Championship (relegated)

Sky Bet's odds: Winner 4/1, promotion 5/4, top-six finish 2/5, top-half finish 1/33, bottom-half finish 12/1, relegation 66/1.

View from the stands - James Atkinson

What are the expectations for your club this season? Nothing short of promotion will suffice, preferably as champions! With the squad we have and the money at the club's disposal it will be nothing short of a disaster not to bounce straight back to the Championship. Jackett has done a good job of disposing of the dead wood and the squad looks a fantastic blend of youthful ambition married with experienced heads.

Which player from your club should we watch out for? Leigh Griffiths - netted 23 league goals from 36 appearances for Hibs last season when unbelievably loaned to them ALL season. Must have a fantastic chance of being top scorer in League 1 for which I note he is 6/1 with Sky Bet...

Which opposition player is worth watching in League 1? Clayton Donaldson. He almost fired Brentford to the Championship last season and is strongly rumoured to be a Wolves transfer target - him and Griffiths up front would practically gift the title to Wolves.

Who will win promotion? Wolves, Brentford & Crawley.

Who will be relegated? Shrewsbury, Colchester, Coventry and Tranmere.

Our verdict: Champions New manager Kenny Jackett is looking to reinvigorate the Wolves squad after two relegations in a row. They are a big fish at this level and can taste success with a younger squad.


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