After the chaos and upheaval of last season's
crazy empty grounds, trying to predict what might happen this time
round feels nigh on impossible. I'm going to stick my neck out and
suggest one forecast centred around Bradford City in Div.2 Locals
are fairly upbeat about the appointment of former Morecambe boss,
Derek Adams, and while optimism is no guarantee of success I'm
prepared to go along with that upbeat nature and suggest the
2PTS ON BRADFORD TO BE DIV2 CHAMPIONS AT 10/1
4PTS WIN BRADFORD TO BE PROMOTED AT 5/2
Fingers crossed. It's a long season!
I was very impressed with Blackpool,
albeit in a friendly, against Liverpool last weekend. They
predictably faded in the 2nd half, but the football they played
hitherto that was first class. I would suggest 4 bets which seem to
be value. Hills offer 10/1 about a top -2 finish and 5/2 about them
finishing top 6; 6/1 is available, again with Hills, for them to be
promoted. If any of those three bets have value then the plus-11 on
the Handicap list with Sky Bet at 16/1 is worth a second look.
*** Blackpool finished 3rd and
In the same division, 5/2 (general) seems
short enough for Shrewsbury to be relegated, but nevertheless, I
think they are a side which seem destined to struggle.
In Div.2 Stevenage escaped by the skin of
their teeth from being relegated last season (Macclesfield want down
instead by virtue of a pts deduction. The 11/2 with Paddy Power and
Betfair looks over the top.
Last season I correctly suggested
that Bradford was a club in disarray and would affect their
performance and it did. Now I believe that some stability has been
restored and I reckon with an experience manage in place, this is
too big club to be sleeping in the bottom tier. I'd expect them to
be up there this time round and are worth a wager to return at the
first time of asking. The general price of around 7/1 is hardly
generous, but it's probably as good as it gets.
In the Premiership, Crystal
Palace can be backed at 4/1 to be relegated. Word has it that
Manager Hodgson is only a couple of bad results away from the sack
(mid-season replacements are invariably messy)and even at this late
stage it seems certain that star winger Wilfred Zaha is going to be
sold. Either way a figure of around 5/1 covers all the three bottom
I've concentrated my pre-season thoughts
on two teams.
• I was impressed by the manner
Wolves took the Championship by storm and it struck me that
their style of hard pressing football would stand them in good stead
in the Premier League. I reckon they won't be easy to play against
and for that reason the 40/1 on offer in Betfred's Handicap list
BET 2PTS EACH WAY (1/4 ODDS 1-2-3-4) WOLVES 16/1 WITH A 40PTS
START. SUCCESSFUL BET!
•Bradford City collapsed badly last
season from a top 3 position before Christmas. There were some
finaincial problems which new German owners felt obliged to settle
before rebuilding in the close season.
There have been a lot of subsequent
changes right through the club long with a rookie manager promoted
from the youth team. Add to that, a tough looking opening period is
not likely to do them any favours.
BET 3PTS BRADFORD TO BE RELEGATED 7/1