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.


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: ****


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: ***


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.


Rating: ****


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: **


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: ***


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: **


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: **


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: ***


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: *


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: ****


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: ***


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: ***


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: ***


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: **


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: **


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: ****


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: **


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: ****


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: ****


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: ***


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.


Rating: **


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: **


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: ***


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: *****