Aiming for the top!
The Sporting Life football team present their accumulators of title winners for the Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Football League.
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The new Football League season starts on Friday night as Blackburn host Cardiff in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Sporting Life football team has been getting ready for the new campaign with an extensive range of previews and now we have got our thinking caps on to predict the winners of the Barclays Premier League, Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2.
Chelsea have made some great signings this summer, Wigan are poised to build on last season’s play-off finish, MK Dons have a vibrant squad that can surprise a few people and Bury have recruited very well this summer.
Jose Mourinho is fancied to make it second time lucky back at the Bridge, while Steve McClaren did a great job at Derby last season and they can put their play-off experience to good use; the same goes for Preston and York.
Chelsea weren’t far away last season and have strengthened in key areas, while neighbours Fulham still have a decent core, plus some impressive youngsters who boss Felix Magath isn’t afraid to field. Orient, with a new owner, have held onto the majority of the squad which went close last season, while Bury have built on a good end to last term in the summer window thus far.
Jose Mourinho and Chelsea look poised to reclaim the Premier League while Derby have solid claims in the Championship following their play-off heartbreak. Bristol City have the firepower to go well in League 1 while Portsmouth look the pick from Sky Bet League 2.
I was convinced about Man City all the way through last season – even when it looked precarious – and I’m sure they’ll be even better this time despite Chelsea’s improvements. I have a strong feeling about Blackburn despite their pretty long odds in the Championship, Preston will no doubt be one of the teams to beat in League 1 while York finished last season strongly in League 2.
The ‘Special One’ will want to prove that he still is with another title for Chelsea, Ross McCormack can help Fulham go straight back up, Crawley can prosper under John Gregory and Bury can build on an encouraging end to last season under David Flitcroft.