Full League One Season Preview Guide – 2020/21

Here at utmp we have previewed all 23 of our opponents in League One this season, highlighting their current state of play and ambitions for the upcoming season. We’ve included a League Table of our anticipated standings, showcasing who we feel will be Blackpool’s direct competitors, and who we feel will struggle and we should be able to secure six points against this year. We’ve also spoken to fans from each club to get their viewpoint of their transfer business and hopes for the coming campaign.

Accrington Stanley

  • Stadium: The Wham Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 23/01 (a) 19/12
  • Last Season’s Position: 17th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Cameron Burgess (cb, Scunthorpe) Matt Butcher (cm, Bournemouth)
  • Notable Players Out: Jordan Clark (rm, Luton) Offrande Zanzala (st, Crewe)

Accrington Stanley Correspondent: RawMilk (@RawMilkZine)
Summer So Far
Our Summer has been very similar to all of our summers really. We usually lose a big player or two, recruit some experience, some untried talent and rely heavily on the loan market to bolster the squad. I sometimes feel like opposition fans will roll their eyes at me saying that, but we do compete above our station and never bring in any marquee names. This year we’ve lost Jordan Clark and Callum Johnson, our right hand side. It’ll be interesting to see how we replace them.

Season Expectations
I feel like we may have a fight in front of us this year. We usually put a nice run together at some stage of the year which ultimately keeps us in the division. Our win at Bloomfield Road on Boxing Day was part of an undefeated December. As long as we put a nice run together at some point I expect us to sit in lower mid-table, if that run doesn’t come, who knows?

One to Watch
Ross Sykes has had a couple of good years progressing as a young centre half, under the stewardship of his experienced partner Mark Hughes. This year could be one where he takes that next step up to being a real leader on the field for the team, and as a local boy, I really hope that’s the case.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 19

AFC Wimbledon

  • Stadium: soon-to-be Plough Lane
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 06/03 (a) 27/10
  • Last Season’s Position: 20th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Ollie Palmer (st, Crawley Town) Alex Woodyard (cm, Peterborough)
  • Notable Players Out: Scott Wagstaff (rm, Forest Green) Mitch Pinnock (lm, Kilmarnock)

AFC Wimbledon Correspondent: Gary Jordan (@Gazjor1) talking to FourFourTwo Magazine
Summer So Far
The big talking point among the fans is the new stadium and our return to Plough Lane. Even if the early stages may be behind closed doors, it’s still a very exciting time for fans and the club.

Season Expectations
This season will be a big test, given the small size and you average age of the squad. That being said, we will finish a relatively comfortable 10-15th… please.

One to Watch
Jack Rudoni. He emerged last season and looked every part a player that can hold his own at this level and beyond.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 23rd

Bristol Rovers

  • Stadium: Memorial Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 08/05 (a) 02/01
  • Last Season’s Position: 14th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Max Ehmer (cb, Gillingham) Zain Westbrooke (cm, Coventry)
  • Notable Players Out: Clarke-Harris (st, Peterborough) Ollie Clarke (cm, Mansfield)

Bristol Rovers: Nathan Bees (@NathBees) talking to FourFourTwo Magazine
Summer So Far
The big talking points have been off the pitch, with president Wael Al-Qadi acquiring a controlling stake in Rovers’ parent company, leaving us debt-free and in a great financial position despite the pandemic. Plans for a new stadium project are also underway. This all bodes well for the future.

Season Expectations
We’ll finish in the top 10.

One to Watch
Young midfielder Cameron Hargreaves, who made some impressive first-team appearances last season.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 17th

Burton Albion

Former Pool defender Neal Eardley has signed for Burton
  • Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 30/01 (a) 31/10
  • Last Season’s Position: 12th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Neal Eardley (rb, Lincoln) Luke Varney (st, Cheltenham)
  • Notable Players Out: Oliver Sarkic (cm, Blackpool) Scott Fraser (cm, MK Dons)

Burton Albion Correspondent: Edward Walker (@edward_w97)
Season Expectations
Personally, I would expect something similar to the last campaign. League One is going to mightily tight in the middle this season and well over half the league could be within a matter of points of each other. I’ll go with 14th having assessed the quality of other squads at present.

One to Watch
Lucas Akins is the name most people look at within Burton, but I’ll go with Ben Fox. He’s a 22-year-old very versatile midfielder who was denied a breakthrough season last year by injury. Fox has come out of the academy and typifies everthing that the club aims to produce. With player numbers low, I expect him to get a lot of chances to impress.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 18th

Charlton Athletic

  • Stadium: The Valley
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 20/10 (a) 27/02
  • Last Season’s Position: 22nd in Championship
  • Notable Players In: Conor Washington (st, Hearts) Alex Gilbey (cm, MK Dons)
  • Notable Players Out: Lyle Taylor (st, Nottingham Forest) Tom Lockyer (cb, Luton)

Charlton Correspondent: Save CAFC (@cafc___)
Summer So Far
Our summer has been underwhelming as everything has come out about our ownership problems. That meant Charlton was placed under a transfer embargo. Because we didn’t have a full squad to compete in the league we signed two players: Alex Gilbey and Conor Washington. We are close to signing a loanee but no one knows who that will be.

Season Expectations
If our prospective new owner, Thomas Sandgaard, takes over the club, and our embargo is lifted, then I think we will be promoted. Not sure how but come the end of the season I think we will be in the Championship again.

One to Watch
The player to look out for is Alex Gilbey, as he has looked absolutely incredible during pre-season and the two cup games we have had. He was also POTY at MK Dons last season, which must mean he’s good.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 8th

Crewe Alexandra

  • Stadium: The Alexandra Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 02/03 (a) 17/10
  • Last Season’s Position: 2nd in League Two
  • Notable Players In: Offrande Zanzala (st, Accrington) Donervon Daniels (cb, Luton)
  • Notable Players Out: James Jones (cm, Lincoln)

Crewe Correspondent: @Dan_CreweAlexFC
Summer So Far
I think our summer recruitment has gone better than expected, our first signings were Mandron and Zanzala who I think have improved us and added depth at centre forward. We brought home Luke Murphy who is a definite starter and upgrade on the midfielders who left us, and we also managed sign two centre backs in Daniels and Beckles who will give us much needed depth in the position we lacked it in last season.

Season Expectations
I expect to stay up and think many people are underestimating us. I predict a mid table finish but who knows how high we could finish as we have some real talents.

One to Watch
My players to watch this season are Harry Pickering at left back, Ryan Wintle in midfield alongside Tommy Lowery and Charlie Kirk on the left wing. Also, Perry Ng at right back, all are academy products tipped to play at a higher level

utmp predict they’ll finish: 14th

Doncaster Rovers

  • Stadium: The Keepmoat
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 23/02 (a) 24/11
  • Last Season’s Position: 9th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Jason Lokilo (rm, Crystal Palace) Cameron John (cb, Wolves)
  • Notable Players Out: Alex Baptiste (cb, Bolton) Kieran Sadlier (lw, Rotherham)

Doncaster Correspondent: Into The Empty Net (@DRFC_ITEN)
Summer So Far
Although we were slow to get going in the market, we’ve made some useful additions and the squad is coming together, although we probably still need a few more signings to really have a complete squad. Joe Bursik looks a smart capture on loan from Stoke to play in goal, Taylor Richards has impressed in pre-season whilst returning pair Cameron John and Jason Lokilo are ones to watch.

Season Expectations
I’d say there is cautious optimism around the fan base at the moment. Clearly we aren’t the finished article and if we don’t secure depth up front it will be difficult to sustain a Play-Off push, but we’ve been in and around the top six for two seasons now and in Darren Moore have one of the best managers in League One, so there isn’t really any glaring reason why we can’t give it a real go.

One to Watch
Fejiri Okenabirhie. The striker signed in January from Shrewsbury and made an immediate impression, scoring a couple of goals and generally looking like a really capable front-man for us. He has the size, strength and guile to succeed at this level and is exactly what Darren looks for in his players – he works hard for the team and I expect him to hit double figures pretty sharpish this season.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 13th

Fleetwood Town

  • Stadium: Highbury
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 13/03 (a) 05/12
  • Last Season’s Position: 6th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Jordan Rossiter (cm, Rangers) Joel Coleman (gk, Huddersfield)
  • Notable Players Out: Lewie Coyle (rb, Hull) Matt Gilks (gk, Bolton)

Fleetwood Correspondent: Niall Walker (@niallw92)
Summer So Far
Summer has gone okay-ish. Released a few which weren’t much of a surprise, but not really replaced the defence. Pretty happy with the players we’ve brought in but need one or two more before the season starts.

Season Expectations
I fully expect us to be competing for play offs once again, although this is dependant on the next couple of weeks and the rest of the transfer window.

One to Watch
Calum Camps – Seems like a decent buy and has done well in pre season. Looks like he could be a big hit for us this coming year!

utmp predict they’ll finish: 6th

Gillingham

  • Stadium: Priestfield
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 05/04 (a) 26/09
  • Last Season’s Position: 10th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Jacob Mellis (cm, Bolton) Kyle Dempsey (cm, Fleetwood)
  • Notable Players Out: Max Ehmer (cb, Bristol Rovers) Mikael Mandron (st, Crewe)

Gills Correspondent: Danny Smith (@nicemarker) talking to FourFourTwo Magazine
Season Expectations
I won’t be happy unless we’re able to go safely back into the stadium. On the pitch, the aim must be to build on last season, which means having a proper run at the play-offs.

One to Watch
Look out for Jack Tucker. The young defender made his mark on the first team last year and could be destined for big things.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 11th

Hull City

  • Stadium: KCOM Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 15/12 (a) 16/01
  • Last Season’s Position: 24th in Championship
  • Notable Players In: Greg Docherty (cm, Rangers) Richard Smallwood (cm, Blackburn)
  • Notable Players Out: Jon Toral (cm, Birmingham) Nouha Dicko (st, Without Club)

Hull Correspondent: JRPO (@jrpo_9)
Summer So Far

The summer has been yet another shambles in the continuous piss-take that is the Allam era. We’ve made what look like sensible signings but so many fans are beyond disillusioned with the dictatorship of Ehab and Assem. The latest blow for fans was the removal of BBC commentary to encourage people to pay for the streams online. Zero care for those supporters who’ve been hit hard in the pocket by COVID or simply those older fans who’ve been listening to City on a Saturday for decades.

Season Expectations

I’m not sure we’ll go down, but I’d be surprised if we end up any higher than mid-table. The squad looks sensible if unambitious, it rides heavily on a talented group of youngsters coming into the squad and how quickly they settle.

One to Watch

Jacob Greaves and Keane Lewis-Potter are the two to keep an eye on.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 9th

Ipswich Town

  • Stadium: Portman Road
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 14/11 (a) 06/02
  • Last Season’s Position: 11th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Oliver Hawkins (st, Portsmouth) Stephen Ward (lb, Stoke)
  • Notable Players Out: Jordan Roberts (lm, Hearts) Will Keane (st, Without Club)

Ipswich Correspondent: TOTT (@tott_online)
Summer So Far
It’s certainly been an interesting summer at Portman Road, with huge questions growing over Paul Lambert going into the new season. In terms of players, we have added Stephen Ward, Oli Hawkins and David Cornell, three solid if unspectacular signings. Luke Woolfenden signed a new long-term deal and we currently have Flynn Downes still.

Season Expectations
The mood is not one of optimism amongst Town supporters, with many believing Paul Lambert is one result away from the sack. During pre-season we have stuck with a traditional 4-3-3 system and if we drop all of Lambert’s rotation nonsense, with should still have a squad good enough to compete at the top.

One to Watch
A player to watch out for would have to be Kane Vincent-Young. If, and it seems a big if, the former Colchester man keeps injury free, he will he the best right-back in the division.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 7th

Lincoln City

  • Stadium: Sincil Bank
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 03/10 (a) 10/04
  • Last Season’s Position: 16th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Joe Walsh (cb, MK Dons) Liam Bridcutt (cm, Nottm Forest)
  • Notable Players Out: Neal Eardley (rb, Burton) Jack Payne (cm, Swindon)

Lincoln Correspondent: Gary Hutchinson (@staceywestblog) talking to FourFourTwo Magazine
Summer So Far
The big talking point among fans has been the release of Michael Bostwick. This has surprised many as he was immense for a couple of seasons.

Season Expectations
This season will be different to last because it’s the first full campaign of a new era. The early post-Cowley months were pretty tough, but now Michael Appleton has a full season with which to implement his ideas.

One to Watch
Look out for Anthony Scully. Not many people will be aware of the busy ex-West Ham forward, but that’s set to change this term.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 15th

MK Dons

  • Stadium: Stadium MK
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 24/10 (a) 09/03
  • Last Season’s Position: 19th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Richard Keogh (cb, Derby) Daniel Harvie (lb, Ayr Utd)
  • Notable Players Out: Joe Walsh (cb, Lincoln) Rhys Healey (st, Toulouse)

MK Dons Correspondent: The MK Way (@TheMKWayBlog)
Summer So Far
The summer was going quite well, bringing in a few new boys in Keogh, O’Hora and Harvie – but then we sold our two best in Healey and Gilbey, and we’re somewhat back to square one.

Season Expectations
In terms of expectations, I’m not overly positive – we’ve got some great young players for this level in our squad, such as Sørensen, Brittain and Poole, but I do think a lack of goals will be what ultimately condemns us to scrapping at the bottom.

One to Watch
I’d certainly keep an eye out on Callum Brittain – we beat away some top clubs in this league for him to remain with us this year, and he’ll be one of the biggest assets to our side if we’re to stay up this campaign.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 21st

Northampton

  • Stadium: Sixfields
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 09/01 (a) 01/05
  • Last Season’s Position: 7th in League Two
  • Notable Players In: Joe Nuttall (st, Blackpool) Cian Bolger (cb, Lincoln)
  • Notable Players Out: Charlie Goode (cb, Brentford) Jordan Turnbull (cb, Salford)

Northampton Correspondent: It’s All Cobblers To Me (@CobblersToMe)
Summer So Far
Our summer has been a bit up and down. After the highs of winning at Wembley to get promoted we lost a lot of key players with our entire back three leaving as well as talismanic striker Vadaine Oliver. While the defenders have been replaced, we’re still looking rather light up top and that is a worry – even if there are still weeks left before the transfer window closes.

Season Expectations
We may have looked like world beaters in the final two play off games but last season wasn’t all rosy and with a pretty much new look team I think most Cobblers fans will be expecting a year of consolidation. Pretty much every season prediction I’ve seen has us finishing rock bottom and whilst I’m under no illusions, I really don’t think we should be written off just yet. I think we’ll end the season in the bottom half but safely clear of relegation in around about 16th.

One to Watch
I don’t think we’ve signed our key player yet but out of those currently at the club I’m really interested to see how Christopher Missilou gets on. The midfielder signed from Oldham in the summer and is a nuisance all over the pitch, breaking up the play and handing the ball over to our more creative players. Expect to see him tracking back at pace and stopping plenty of dangerous looking breaks.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 20th

Oxford Utd

  • Stadium: Kassam Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 12/12 (a) 20/03
  • Last Season’s Position: 4th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Matty Taylor (st, Bristol City) Sean Clare (cm, Hearts)
  • Notable Players Out: Rob Dickie (cb, QPR) Jamie Mackie (Retired)

Oxford Correspondent: James Richards (@JRD3D4)
Summer So Far
We have kept hold of the vast majority of players who helped us reach the play-off final last season and brought Matt Taylor back on a permanent deal. Jamie Mackie retired and Rob Dickie, as expected, got his big move. Marcus McGuane joins on loan from Nottm Forest or, as I prefer to put it, an ex-Barcelona midfielder. The most important upgrade comes at right-back with Sean Clare joining from Hearts to improve our weakest position in 2019/20 while Joel Cooper joins from Linfield to continue our trend of signing gems from the Irish leagues. All in all, there has been very little to complain about.

Season Expectations
Given the stability within the squad, to match last season’s play-off finish should be the aim. If we can go one better then that’s a bonus but this is a difficult division with a number of big hitters, so to finish in the top six will do nicely.

One to Watch
The obvious ones are Matty Taylor, Marcus McGuane and Sean Clare, but the real intrigued lies at the feet of centre back Rob Atkinson. If he can step into the shoes left behind by the departing Rob Dickie, then he could become a very good player. Young prospect Nico Jones is also worth keeping an eye on.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 3rd

Peterborough

  • Stadium: London Road Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 13/02 (a) 21/11
  • Last Season’s Position: 7th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Jonson Clarke-Harris (st, Bristol Rovers) Ethan Hamilton (cm, Man Utd)
  • Notable Players Out: Ivan Toney (st, Brentford) George Cooper (lm, Plymouth)

Peterborough Correspondent: The Yellow Block (@TheYellowBlock)
Summer So Far
Any summer where you lose Ivan Toney has to be considered a bad one, but it was inevitable that it was going to happen and we’ve brought in Clarke-Harris from Bristol Rovers as his direct replacement, so we’re hopeful he can pick up a load of goals to make up a chunk of what we lose from Toney. We’ve also brought in Broom from Cheltenham who looked solid in the League Cup game on Saturday, so we’re optimistic that he’s going to bring something to the fold.

Season Expectations
Top six will be the minimum that we’ll expect for next season – obviously we’d love to fight for the top two, especially as we had a great chance of going up automatically last season (before most clubs decided they couldn’t afford to finish the rest of the league fixtures) – but it’s going to be tough this year with a lot of competition.

One to Watch
I’d say probably Dembele – we have seen glimpses of what he’s capable of already but this season he has the potential to fill Toney’s boots as our best player.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 1st

Plymouth Argyle

  • Stadium: Home Park
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 27/03 (a) 12/09
  • Last Season’s Position: 3rd in League Two
  • Notable Players In: Ryan Hardie (st, Blackpool) George Cooper (lm, Plymouth)
  • Notable Players Out: Antoni Sarcevic (cm, Bolton) Ryan Taylor (st, Newport)

Plymouth Correspondent: Voodoo (@ArgyleVoodoo)
Summer So Far / Season Expectations
Summer by general consensus very good. We did a poll on the season expectations. 500 votes, majority expect us to be between 7th and 12th.

One to Watch
I think Danny Mayor or Ryan Hardie to do well. Our biggest concern is goalkeeper. As I said our 1st choice is very young and the backup just got injured. So that’s concern. But we are set up to attack.

Voodoo also appeared on our recent podcast – if you haven’t listened yet then you can do now here.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 10th

Portsmouth

  • Stadium: Fratton Park
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 01/12 (a) 20/02
  • Last Season’s Position: 5th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Sean Raggett (cb, Norwich) Cameron Pring (lb, Bristol City)
  • Notable Players Out: Brett Pitman (cf, Swindon) Christian Burgess (cb, Union SG)

Portsmouth Correspondent: P04Cast (@PO4cast)
Summer So Far
Summer has been interesting, a lot of unrest from the fans in regards to Kenny Jackett’s leadership – this was mainly stemmed from his decision to replace our trusted captain Tom Naylor with Bryn Morris who has hardly played for us. Some excitement about the stadium developments though and I think everyone just wants to get back to watching their team play.

Season Expectations
Expectations for the season are slowly going up with our new additions Pring and Johnson, if some of the transfer rumours materialise in to signings then I think we have a strong chance of reaching the play offs at least.

One to Watch
Player to watch is John Marquis, I think he was just settling in to a newly formed team and therefore still finding his place. He’s already got his name on the score sheet this season and I think they’ll be many more goals to come.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 2nd

Rochdale

  • Stadium: Spotland Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 26/12 (a) 20/04
  • Last Season’s Position: 18th in League One
  • Notable Players In: n/a
  • Notable Players Out: Ian Henderson (st, Salford) Jordan Williams (cm, Blackpool)

Rochdale correspondent: Dean Smith (Rochdaleafccom) talking to FourFourTwo Magazine
Summer So Far
We lost legendary striker Ian Henderson to Salford. He was just a few goals short of the club’s all-time scoring record. I won’t be happy unless we sign some forwards! I don’t think we have a recognised striker above the age of 19.

Season Expectations
Just above the drop. We need to replace Henderson’s goals and we’ll rely on the academy again, but I have faith in Barry-Murphy.

One to Watch
Eoghan Connell. He’s as important to our possession-based style as he is to our defensive efforts. Look out for Peter Thomas. The midfielder became our youngest ever player last year, making his debut at just 15 years and 22 days.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 24th

Shrewsbury

  • Stadium: New Meadow
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 24/04 (a) 29/12
  • Last Season’s Position: 15th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Matija Sarkic (gk, Wolves) Marlon Fossey (rb, Fulham)
  • Notable Players Out: Josh Laurent (cm, Reading) Romain Vincelot (cm, Shrewsbury)

Shrewsbury Correspondent: Proud Salopians (@salopianpride)
Summer So Far
It’s been truncated and disrupted but I think most clubs have had similar experiences. We’ve played six friendlies (with one vs Whitchurch Allport to come but that’s a Town XI not a full first team fixture) and it’s been mixed, solid but expected wins vs Bala Town and Nuneaton Borough, disappointing losses to Walsall and Stoke City, and pleasing wins vs Wolves u23s and a near full strength Burnley side.

Season Expectations
Low to be honest. I think the main focus for the season ahead is a change in mentality and style, and in fairness the gaffer has already said its something they’ve been working on. Glimpses of a new expansive attacking way of playing was spied in the League Cup First Round vs Middlesbrough, Town scoring 3 decent goals with new signings Pyke and High both getting on the scoresheet, but worrying defensive lapses and keeper errors meant we went down 4-3. I assume we’re all a bit rusty and we’ll be learning from this, so I’m still positive at the moment. Aim for me would be top half of the league, possibly knocking on the last play off spots…

One to Watch
Josh Daniels (winger from Glenavon), Scott High (centre mid loaned from Huddersfield) and Matija Šarkić (keeper loaned from Wolves).

utmp predict they’ll finish: 16th

Sunderland

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: New Sunderland signing Bailey Wright pictured at The Academy of Light on January 21, 2020 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)
  • Stadium: Stadium of Light
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 17/04 (a) 10/10
  • Last Season’s Position: 8th in League One
  • Notable Players In: Aiden O’Brien (lm, Milwall) Bailey Wright (cb, Bristol City)
  • Notable Players Out: Ethan Robson (cm, Blackpool) Duncan Watmore (Without Club)

Sunderland Correspondent: Speak Sunderland (@SpeakSAFC)
Summer So Far
It has been a mixed summer for Sunderland. The main talking point being the takeover which is rumoured to be completed by the end of the month. However transfers is what typically shapes your season and Sunderland have done some decent and some not so decent business. Bailey Wright signed following a successful loan spell last season, much to the delight of our fans. A more than capable defender at this level and an incredible leader. Aiden O’Brien was our second signing joining from Milwall. From what I have seen of him during pre season, he looks like he could play a big part this season. Strong, good on the ball and a grafter. His performance today against Hull certainly impressed me despite failing to score.

Season Expectations
I’m quietly optimistic this season. I don’t think we will storm the league like many bookies seem to have us nailed on to do, but I’d expect us to be up there at the end of the season. A couple more signings and I think we could challenge for top two.

One to Watch
In terms of who could be our star player, I think one of the youngsters may be the one if he is to be given the chance this season. Dan Neil. A midfielder with an eye for a forward pass is what we have been missing and he looks to be able to contribute that to the side. Numerous premier league clubs were chasing him this summer as well so the potential is clearly there.

Second Sunderland Correspondent: Roker Report (@RokerReport)

Summer so far

It’s been great all things considered. We haven’t lost anyone of note, we’ve added several internationals, our previously misfiring striker has found his scoring touch and we won all of our pre-season games. All things considered, it’s been a pleasing summer.

Season Expectations

Promotion. Surely we can’t spend another season down here! In all seriousness I’m pretty unimpressed with the business done by other promotion hopefuls, and think that this is perhaps our best chance of getting promoted. Lots of the clubs around us have lost their best players, where we haven’t- that stands us in good stead, I think.

One to watch

Dan Neil.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 5th

Swindon Town

  • Stadium: The County Ground
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 19/09 (a) 02/04
  • Last Season’s Position: 1st in League Two
  • Notable Players In: Matt Smith (cm, Arsenal) Jack Payne (cm, Lincoln) Brett Pitman (cf, Portsmouth)
  • Notable Players Out: Keshi Anderson (cm, Blackpool) Eoin Doyle (st, Bolton)

Swindon Correspondent: Loathed Stranger Pod (@LoathedStranger)
Summer So Far
It’s been a prolonged but pretty standard pre-season. We lost our three top goalscorers in Eoin Doyle which wasn’t a surprise as he got a better contract offer, closer to home. Jerry Yates, which was the big disappointment, but I think the Blackpool move was done long before Swindon could do much about it and Keshi Anderson who had ‘history’ with Richie Wellens so his departure can’t be classed as a surprise nor a massive disappointment (but he can be a great player). When looking to replace, Wellens has taken his time with his forward line. Brett Pitman joined Tyler Smith and will have plenty of expectancy but has a pretty decent track record at L1 level. If Wellens can sign a player who achieved what Jerry Yates did then we’ll be pretty good up front.

Season Expectations
I think Swindon currently sit in the middle-pack of unfancied teams where it could go either way in terms of where they’ll finish in the league (good and bad). I think Town will be good enough to avoid any relegation battles and with a few more signings they could really compete but squad fitness will go a long way this season.

One to Watch
I’m going to stick with Diallang Jaiyesimi. The plaudits might go elsewhere but DJ was in high demand this summer but has recognised that Wellens got a note out of him last season by staying at the club.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 12th

Wigan Athletic

  • Stadium: DW Stadium
  • Date of Fixtures: (h) 03/11 (a) 26/01
  • Last Season’s Position: 23rd in Championship
  • Notable Players In: Dan Gardner (cm, Salford) Viv Solomon-Otabor (rw, CSKA Sofia)
  • Notable Players Out: The Squad.

Wigan Correspondent: Barry Worthington (@LaticsSpeyk)
Summer So Far
This is some question! We’ve gone from a squad capable of challenging for a play-off spot in the Championship, to administration, relegation, squad stripping and barely enough players to put a side out, apart from that not too bad, oh and the fans raised close on to £1 million to get us through to the start of the season.

Season Expectations
Starting, then survival, not just in the division, really worrying times at the Latics, we have some quality players, but unfortunately a little short on numbers, just to finish the season would see most of us delighted.

One to Watch
Not sure who the administrators will sell next to be honest, though we did sign a player last week, someone known to Blackpool fans, Viv Solomon-Otabor, who looked quite alright on his debut at Fleetwood in the Carabao Cup, so I’ll go with Viv.

utmp predict they’ll finish: 22nd

utmp League One Table Prediction

  1. Peterborough
  2. Portsmouth
  3. Oxford Utd
  4. Blackpool
  5. Sunderland
  6. Fleetwood Town
  7. Ipswich Town
  8. Charlton Athletic
  9. Hull City
  10. Plymouth Argyle
  11. Gillingham
  12. Swindon Town
  13. Doncaster Rovers
  14. Crewe Alexandra
  15. Lincoln City
  16. Shrewsbury Town
  17. Bristol Rovers
  18. Burton Albion
  19. Accrington Stanley
  20. Northampton Town
  21. Milton Keynes Dons
  22. Wigan Athletic
  23. AFC Wimbledon
  24. Rochdale

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4 thoughts on “Full League One Season Preview Guide – 2020/21

  1. Is Grayson going to Wigan? If so his Jurassic brand of football will impede any progress they might have made. Oxford were the best team I saw last season but it doesn’t always work out that the best on their day can last the course. I think the ‘pool have as good a chance as anyone.

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