Taking the plunge: Championship predictions

Okay, okay. Time to hold the old hands up. There are only twelve names here. A bit of a cop-out, perhaps, but nobody likes to see their team predicted to finish in or around the relegation places before the season kicks off. I’m sure Blackpool fans are already heartily sick of seeing their club’s name in the immediate vicinity of the number 20.

While, sadly, they will probably have no

Write the Future: The Championship 2010/11

Ahead of the big Championship kick-off next weekend, we asked supporters, bloggers and regional newspaper journalists about their thoughts on the forthcoming season.

Here are their predictions of what lies in store over the next few months, preceded by a quick who’s who of those involved:

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Leicester adapting to Sousa style

Leicester City players have not had it easy over the past couple of years. No pain, no gain – and Leicester certainly gained. They reaped the rewards of the hard work former manager Nigel Pearson and his coaching staff demanded of them, winning the League One title in 2009 before reaching the Championship’s top six last season.

A significant part of Leicester’s recent success can be attributed to an intensive …

Sousa faces huge challenge at Leicester

An immaculately presented Portuguese coach stands on the edge of his technical area, aware that the eleven players in front of him carry his destiny in their actions. The season is nearly at an end and his players have so far kept the opposition at bay, as they have so many times over the last nine months.

All they need is a goal to tip the balance in their favour …

Left-back central to Championship success

When considering which individual position is most important in determining how well a team plays, the left-back berth would probably not be foremost in the minds of many. There are, however, two Championship teams who may have been preparing for the new Premier League campaign instead had their most effective left-backs been available for the entirety of last season.

Both made it to the play-off semi-finals but neither made it …

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