POSH PREVIEW - Wigan to win it as Posh miss the play-offs

Sam Ricketts could help brighten up Coventry.

Sam Ricketts could help brighten up Coventry.

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Last season Alan Swann tipped Bristol City and Preston to win promotion from League One, but predicted Posh would finish fourth (a prediction made before Britt Assombalonga was sold).

Here are his forecasts for the 2015-16 season.

Odds are for the League One title from Sky Bet.

Not all signings included.

BARNSLEY:

Ins: Marc Roberts (Halifax), Marley Watkins (Inverness), Luke Berry (Cambridge), Alfie Mawson (Brentford), Conor Wilkinson (Bolton), Ben Pearson (Manchester United), Joe Rothwell (Manchester United), Dan Crowley (Arsenal).

Prediction: I rate manager Lee Johnson highly. If striker SamWinnall stays fit, expect the Tykes to be in the promotion dogfight.

Odds: 16/1

Rating: ****

BLACKPOOL

Ins: Jarrett Rivers (Blyth), Colin Doyle (Birmingham City), Brad Potts (Carlisle), Clark Robertson (Aberdeen), John Herron (Celtic), Mark Cullen (Luton), Jack Redshaw (Morecambe), Lloyd Jones (Liverpool), Jim McAlister (Dundee), Kwame Thomas (Derby).

Prediction: Signed more players this summer than they had available for the first game of last season. They’ll do better than many are predicting, as long as the chairman behaves.

Odds: 50/1

Rating: ***

BRADFORD CITY

Ins: Stephen Davies (Blackpool), Josh Morris (Blackburn), Tony McMahon (Blackpool), Luke James (Posh), Mark Marshall (Port Vale), Nathan Clarke (Orient).

Prediction: They deserve success for their admission pricing policy. 18,000 home fans at every home match must be a huge advantage. Going to be a good League One season for Yorkshire.

Odds;12/1

Rating: ****

BURTON

Ins: Callum Reilly (Birmingham City), Calum Butcher (Dundee United), Darius Charles (Stevenage), Tom Naylor (Derby), Timmy Thiele (Borrusia Dortmund), Mark Duffy (Birmingham), Remi Matthews (Norwich), Anthony O’Connor (Plymouth), Zeli Ismail (Wolves).

Prediction: Fans of ‘the Brewers’ could need a stiff drink at the end of the season.

Odds: 25/1

Rating: **

BURY

Ins: Leon Clarke (Wolves), Peter Clarke (Blackpool), Tom Pope (Port Vale), Jacob Mellis (Blackpool), Danny Pugh (Coventry), Christian Walton (Brighton).

Prediction: Clarke is one of the stand-out signings of the League One summer. And they may get divine inspiration from Pope.

Odds: 25/1

Rating: ***

CHESTERFIELD

Ins: Joe Murphy (Huddersfield), Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Preston).

Prediction: Lost an excellent manager and replaced him with Dean Saunders. Lost lots of players also and look set to struggle.

Odds: 18/1

Rating: **

COLCHESTER

Ins: Richard Brindley (Rotherham), Darren McKnight (Barnsley), Matthew Briggs (Millwall), George Elokobi (Oldham), Joe Edwards (Yeovil), Elliot Parish (Blackpool).

Prediction: Pulled off a last-day ‘Great Escape’ last season. Signing Steve McQueen wouldn’t help them this time around.

Odds: 100/1

Rating: **

COVENTRY

Ins: Chris Stokes (Forest Green), Sam Ricketts (Wolves), Romain Vincelot (Orient), Adam Armstrong (Newcastle).

Prediction: Surely can’t be as bad as last season? A couple of good signings suggests there will be a bit more blue in the sky this season.

Odds: 22/1

Rating: ***

CREWE

Ins: Billy Bingham (Dagenham & Redbridge), David Fox (Colchester), Dave Richards (Bristol City).

Prediction: The football train from Crewe will depart for League Two next May.

Odds; 100/1

Rating: *

DONCASTER

Ins: Thomas Stuckmann (Preston). Andy Williams (Swindon), Gary MacKenzie (Blackpool), Richard Chaplow (Millwall), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Wigan), Dany N’Guessan (Port Vale).

Prediction: Signed players with decent League One pedigrees and look sure to mount a promotion push.

Odds: 18/1

Rating: ****

FLEETWOOD

Ins: Amari Bell (Birmingham), Declan McManus (Aberdeen), Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield), Eggart Jonsson (FC Vestsjaelland), Bobby Grant (Blackpool), Lyle Della-Verde (Fulham).

Prediction: The Cod Army won’t find a plaice near the top of the table. They won’t flounder at the bottom either.

Odds: 25/1

Rating: ***

GILLINGHAM

Ins: Ryan Jackson (Newport), Ben Williamson (Port Vale), Bradley Garmston (West Brom), Rory Donnelly (Swansea), Max Ehmer (QPR), Jodan Houghton (Chelsea).

Prediction: Enjoyed a capital second-half of the season after Justin Edinburgh became manager. Gills should be able to breath easily again.

Odds: 40/1

Rating: ***

MILLWALL

Ins: Joe Martin (Gillingham), Jordan Archer (Spurs), Tony Craig (Brentford).

Prediction: The Lions were Championship pussycats last season. A League One threat, but other teams will be better.

Odds: 12/1

Rating: ***

OLDHAM

Ins: Lee Croft (St Johnstone), George Green (Oldham), Jake Cassidy (Wolves), David Cornell (Swansea), David Dunn (Blackburn)

Prediction: Inexperienced manager worked for the Latics before, but I doubt it will work again.

Odds: 33/1

Rating: **

PORT VALE

Ins: Remie Street (Newcastle), Sam Kelly (Norwich), Sam Foley (Yeovil), Ben Purkiss (Walsall), Anthony Grant (Crewe), Uche Ikpeazu (Watford), AJ Leitch-Smith (Yeovil), Ryan Inniss (Crystal Palace).

Prediction: Raiding Norwich and Newcastle for players seems a good idea. Raiding Crewe and Yeovil for players less so,

Odds: 100/1

Rating: **

POSH

Ins: Jack Collison (Ipswich), Joe Gormley (Cliftonville), Kieran Sadlier (St Mirren), Andrew Fox (unattached), Souleymane Coulibaly (unattached), Lee Angol (Luton).

Prediction: The chairman and manager are adamant Posh will go up. The fans are not so sure. I’m with the fans, sadly.

Odds: 10/1

Rating: ****

ROCHDALE

Ins: Donal McDermott (Ramsbottom), Jim McNulty (Bury), Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth).

Prediction: A good footballing team that over-achieved last season. It could be ‘down Dale’ this time around

Odds: 25/1

Rating: **

SCUNTHORPE

Ins: Scott Wiseman (Preston), Jack King (Preston), Stephen Dawson (Rochdale), Charlie Goode (Hendon), Scott Laird (Preston), Tom Hopper (Leicester), Luke Williams (Middlesbrough), Jamie Ness (Stoke), Darius Henderson (Orient).

Prediction: I do hope the signing of so many Preston players doesn’t mean Scunny will be a boring, theatrical team this season. I reckon they could be the surprise packages.

Odds: 25/1

Rating: ****

SHEFFIELD UNITED

Ins: Martyn Woolford (Millwall), Connor Sammon (Derby), Billy Sharp (Leeds).

Prediction: Now that ‘Negative Nigel’ has left, the Blades can start dreaming of the Championship again.

Odds: 5/1

Rating: ****

SHREWSBURY

Ins: Mat Sadler (Rotherham), Abu Ogogo (Dagenham & Redbridge), Shaun Whalley (Luton), Mat Tootle (Crewe), Junior Brown (Mansfield), Liam McAlinden (Wolves).

Prediction: A repeat of last season’s home form will keep them out of trouble.

Odds: 16/1

Rating: ***

SOUTHEND

Ins: David Mooney (Leyton Orient), Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich).

Prediction: Bound to struggle. Need a lot of the manager’s fake tan to cover up the deficiencies in this squad.

Odds:40/1

Rating: **

SWINDON

Ins: Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Arsenal), Jordan Williams (Liverpool), Kevin Stewart (Liverpool), Drissa Traore (Notts County), Fabien Robert (Lorient).

Prediction: Could easily do ‘an Orient’ and go from League One play-off finallists to League Two in one season. Lost lots of good players thanks to a ludicrous policy of loan-market abuse.

Odds: 14/1

Rating: **

WALSALL

Ins: Jason Demetriou (Famagusta), Neil Etheridge (Charlton), Milan Lalkovic (Barnsley).

Prediction: They will draw 0-0 with Posh and they’ll need many goals from Tom Bradshaw to keep out of trouble.

Odds: 28/1

Rating: ***

WIGAN

Ins: Richard O’Donnell (Walsall), David Perkins (Blackpool), Donervan Daniels (West Brom), Max Power (Tranmere), Sanmi Odelusi (Bolton), Craig Davies (Bolton), Will Grigg (Brentford), Jonjoe Kenny (Everton), Francisco Junior (Everton), Reece James (Manchester United), Michael Jacobs (Wolves).

Prediction: Some strong signings in there and have the finances in place to win the league. Just a doubt about an inexperienced manager.

Odds; 15/2

Rating: *****