The play-off chase

Bradford, Doncaster, Swindon, MK Dons, Yeovil and Chesterfield could all easily occupy these spots.

Bradford will be looking to move into this season with a lot more strength after last season’s year of consolidation. url

The arrivals of Matty Dolan, Billy Knott and Gary Liddle make for a fresh new looking midfield and add real strength to the Bantams’ line up. Striker Aaron McLean may be pivotal in their success alongside big targetman James Hanson and new addition Billy Clarke who recently signed from Crawley Town. If goals are a regular occurrence from the strikers at Valley Parade, an assured back four of Alan Sheehan,Rory McArdle,Andrew Davies and new captain Stephen Darby will certainly lead for a healthy looking line up. A strong defence combined with a lethal attack could well result in play-off glory for the Bantams, however if the key players do not live up to what is expected, a mid-table crisis could well be on the cards for the promotion hopefuls.

Our Verdict? 8th

Yeovil are a team who since coming down are keen to go straight back up. imgres

Yeovil certainly have the quality to succeed in this division, some would say undoubtedly with the talent that they possess. With James Hayter up front and former Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan lurking around they are not short of attacking options and have the ability to shock teams this season. Joe Edwards will be keen to make an impression this season and start the campaign well after an enjoyable campaign last year alongside several other squad members who impressed in the Championship. The Glovers pulled off some surprises last year and now this year they will be keen to do the same. With no pressure on them to impress anyone but the fans they hold the chance and the capabilities to surprise many.

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Having been relegated from the SkyBet Championship last season, Yeovil Town fans will be hoping for a strong season in League 1. There is still an element of the unknown about the Glovers’ squad with nine new faces and a whole new back five. Having signed two goalkeepers, three centre halves, a right back, a left back , a midfielder and a striker, Town have been through a rebuilding process. The squad was put together early on and have spent much of pre-season gelling as a team. The hope is that Jakub Sokolik will replace Byron Webster as the commanding centre back and AJ Leitch-Smith will be the striker to watch in the division alongside the youthful Kieffer Moore and veteran James Hayter. The mood around Huish Park is a good one, hopeful of a realistic play-off push. With Gary Johnson still at the helm Glovers’ fans feel anything is possible, but adjusting to not being the underdogs in the division will be a different experience for the whole club. With Joe Edwards set to become captain and experienced midfielder Simon Gillett seemingly joining the Glovers imminently, there may be a small squad in South Somerset, but the quality in the side means that a top 10 finish will be the absolute bare minimum that Yeovil fans will expect. A push for the top 6 will be at the back of their minds, after their brief visit to the Championship last season where they will want to return and check in for a much longer stay!

Our Verdict? 10th

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Doncaster hold a squad full of talent as well and could well be in contention for the play-off spots. imgres

With striking options of Curtis Main, Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson, Rovers have plenty of pace in their frontline as well as a strong midfield. The midfield consists currently of pacey Kyle Bennett, South African Dean Furman, club legend James Coppinger and several others. Goalkeeper Jed Steer joins up from Aston Villa as well.

Our Verdict? 7th

Swindon, MK Dons and Chesterfield all hold outside chances.

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imgresMK Dons probably hold the best of rest. With players such as Ben Reeeves, Tom Hitchcock and Will Grigg in their squad, the quality that the Dons will bring to the table still remains. Although Chesterfield are newly promoted, they hold a strong squad which is very capable of coping in the division. The likes of Tendayi Darikwa, Gary Roberts and Sam Morsy are all key players in the Spireites squad, not forgetting cenimgrestrel defender Liam Cooper; providing he doesn’t move away from the ProAct that is. In terms of Swindon, they were the club who were so close yet so far away where an 8th place finish just outside the play-off’s honestly complimented the solid performances in which they gave consistently but showed their ability to be undone and lack of ruthlessness to prevent them from occupying that final play-off spot. In the end they were only undone by a few points, however this season they will be keen to do the business quickly,efficiently and not make any mistakes in doing so.

imgresSwindon’s Verdict? 9th

MK Dons’ Verdict? 6th

Chesterfield’s Verdict? 11th





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