Charlton Athletic (Prediction 1st)
An unexpected relegation last season was Charlton’s fate and a campaign which was full of resentment and disappointment amongst supporters, with many protests being staged in and outside of the stadium against Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet to register their frustrations over the running of the football club.
Russell Slade is the man that has recently been appointed to try and get the club back to the Championship at the first time of asking. With impressive signings such as highly rated goalkeeper Declan Rudd on loan from Norwich and Nicky Ajose from league rivals Swindon, this should be relatively straight-forward season for The Addicks having spent so long in a higher division than current but they’ll have to get used to a league full of surprises and their first game is up north against Bury.
Best of the Rest
Millwall just missed out on promotion via the playoffs last season against a terrific Barnsley side. After a disappointing day out at Wembley for the Lions, the expectations from fans will be a lot higher this season with hope that they’ll be able to clinch an automatic spot. They have strengthened with additions such as highly rated Northern Irish midfielder Shane Ferguson and Greg Wylde from Plymouth. It should be a good, hungry season for them and they take on Oldham at home for their first match.
MK Dons are another club who couldn’t escape the Championship drop last time round. It looked certain that their manager of 6 years, Karl Robinson was set to leave the Dons, but he has stayed on and will be attempting to get them straight back up the 2nd tier. It will be a tough season for them with a stronger league compared to last season. A playoff position is realistic but with journeyman Nicky Maynard and influential midfielder Ben Reeves in the side, an automatic position is also very do-able. They take on Shrewsbury in their first game.
Bradford City finished 5th last season and lost the semi-final of the playoffs. A huge club with the potential to go very far, this could be the make or break campaign for The Bantams. Scottish manager Stuart McCall has been installed as boss for his second spell at the club he also used to play for and will be hoping for more success than he had first time round. Solid midfielders Timothee Dieng and Romain Vincelot have been acquired from Oldham and Coventry respectively to add some needed spine to the team and keeping on experienced striker James Hanson, a top 6 finish is definitely achievable. Bradford play Port Vale at home in their first match.
Sheffield United have attempted to get out of League One for 6 seasons now and have had 3 playoff finishes in that time but haven’t been able to go the distance. A club rich with history, fans will be surely getting restless this time round to make sure they return to the 2nd tier of football. Experienced journeyman Leon Clarke has signed for the club to add some firepower while also being able to keep hold of hot property Che Adams. Could this be the season they finally do it? The Blades take on cash-strapped Bolton in their first game.