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The wait is almost over for fans across the country as this weekends brings the start of the Football League. Over the next there days I will be previewing each division, stating who I think will be the teams to watch out for at the top of league and also those who I think may be battling with relegation.
Today I will be focusing on the second division of the Football League, Sky Bet League 1.
Favourites for Relegation:
Colchester United – Finishing just above the relegation places last season, fans will be hoping for better things this time round. They might not get what they wished for however, as a reduced spending budget has meant very few signings. Having struggled last season, the U’s could find it even harder this year with the likes of Wolves, Bristol City and Peterborough now in the same division. The only hope that the fans may have is that new signings, Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt add the spark that was missing last season.
Shrewsbury Town – Surprised many last season by managing to stay up after promotion the previous year. It looks like it might be a much tougher task this time round for manager, Graham Turner. The team have lost 5 players including captain, Matt Richards and Marvin Morgan during the summer. This means that the team is mainly made up of young, inexperienced players that may take time to adapt to League 1 football. Goals were a rarity at Shrewsbury last season and so the pressure will be on striker, Tom Bradshaw to step up to the plate this time round.
Coventry City – If there is a team in turmoil right now then that would be Coventry City. Currently sitting in administration with no deal seemingly in site, the sky blues are in big trouble. Having originally been kicked out of the Ricoh Arena, administrators now want the team to play their home games 30 miles down the road at Northampton. This is despite a new offer from the Ricoh Arena’s owners to allow Coventry to play their games back there. Added to this is the fact that City are currently under a transfer embargo, meaning they cannot actually sign any players. The fans are not happy and protests have been a common site in the city. Only 200 season tickets have been sold for the season ahead. All these problems could easily affect the dressing room, which is also full of youth players with little experience.
Carlisle United – Finished a disappointing 17th last season, despite being play-off contenders the year before. after attendances fell last season, the transfer budget was even less for this summer, meaning the squad is quite small. united conceded 77 goals last season, which was the worst in the entire division. If the defence does not improve this year and with the division looking much tougher, United could find themselves in League 2 this time next year.