This entry was posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2018
The popular selection here is Lincoln City, under media favourite Danny Cowley. John Akinde from relegated Barnet may be a little long in the tooth and injury prone, but Shay McCartan on a season-long loan from Bradford City is a quality performer at this level.
Having been done twice in the play-off final, Exeter City must hope for third time lucky without both Paul Tisdale and Steve Perryman. Few fancy them this time around, although with a front two of Tristan Abrahams and Jayden Stockley, they could make the play-offs again.
The Grecians have also lost three players to Tisdale’s new side, relegated MK Dons. Only one of the four relegated sides immediately rebounded last season (and that was via the play-offs), so we think it could be the play-offs again for the division’s most experienced manager.
Our pick however is Mansfield Town, under David Flitcroft. He has had a few months to get his feet firmly under the desk, and players such as Neal Bishop and Otis Khan have plenty of experience. 11 at Betfair for the title will do us.
Steve Evans is a big man for a big job, and having guided Peterborough from 8th in February to 9th in May, will be expected to do a lot better in 18/19. They did have a horrific run-in however, and also played well in matches they lost. Evans has signed 14 new players including Isaac Buckley-Rickets from Manchester City, Adam King on loan from Swansea, and Louis Reed from Sheffield United. The addition of Tyler Denton from Leeds could work out well, whilst Josh Yorwerth has been an excellent centre-half in League Two. They have lost 27 goals from Jack Marriott who has gone to Derby, but Posh have a habit of finding prolific goalscorers. Jason Cummings did brilliantly for Hibs, and should be the next cab off the rank.
We like newly-promoted Luton Town however, with Nathan Jones beginning to look the real deal. The Hatters are working on a new stadium and a training ground revamp, so are clearly in it for the long haul. Sonny Bradley is a good purchase from Plymouth, whilst Matty Pearson is a strong defender. Take them at 15 on Betfair.