The Two Unfortunates in 2014-5

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In recent weeks, several of the longest standing and best football blogs of recent years have announced changes in direction while others have decided to call it a day altogether. Similarly, here at The Two Unfortunates, time pressures have become a key factor and hence, we have devised a new plan for the website in 2014-5. From now on, the intention will be to publish a cluster of posts each month on a particular theme. Long standing readers will remember that we have dabbled with this format before and our Geographies of Football and Turmoil Week series of posts have…

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Premier League Preview 2014-5

Nudge

Our divisional previews of a year ago were so well received that we decided to go one better and offer a full set for 2014-5 even if bloggers enjoy the luxury of not being obliged to cover irrelevances such as the Community Shield. TTU staffer Ben Woolhead has a little extra time on his hands now after the masterful Newcastle United blog Black & White & Read All Over finally closed its doors after a decade. Here, Ben gives a club-by-club lowdown on the top echelon of English football. Arsenal It’s taken a while, but at long last Arsène Wenger seems to…

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club Championship Preview 2014-5

Hornets

Following on from John McGee’s freeform assessment of League 1 yesterday, here is a somewhat more plodding assessment of the level above. That, however, is no reflection on the ins and outs of this season’s Championship – a competition where extortionate transfer fees, underqualified managers and frankly terrifying owners hold sway, where parachute payments warp the competition and everyone is indulging in the filthy scramble for Premier League riches – apart from Blackpool. If the written word isn’t enough, all three of our previewers can be heard expounding in person on the same issues on three special editions of the…

TTU Go Predicting: A Club-by-Club League 1 Preview 2014-5

SISU

When asked by the esteemed editors of this site to compile a preview to the League One season I had to first humbly remind them that my own team, Carlisle United, were cruelly and indignantly relegated to League Two at the end of last year. There followed a degree of brow furrowing consternation before an uttered agreement that ‘I’d do’. Whether that’s true, I suppose, rests in my summary of these 24 teams. I do, at least, have a cracker of a League One stat to start with – Rotherham goalie Adam Collin has never saved fewer than two penalties…

TTU Go Predicting: a Club-by-Club League 2 Preview

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In the first of four divisional previews we focus today on who’s who in League 2, which once again looks set to be tight. The bookies are backing Bury, Luton, Portsmouth and Shrewbury – we think that they’ll each do well, but suggest that they’ll have plenty of competition, not least from Southend and York. … AFC Wimbledon It’s fair to say that the AFCW squad has more or less been in constant flux since the club gained Football League status two years ago. A number of players have been and gone and it’s only now that the team is…