In the first of our predictions for Predictions Week, we look at who might be going up and going down from the bottom tier of the Football League.
Admittedly we’re only seven matches in to the season, but it’s hard to look past Chesterfield for who’s going to come out on top in League 2 this year. With six wins and a draw so far, it looks like Paul Cook’s side are going to be heading back up to League 1 after a two-year hiatus, as they now lie four points clear of second-placed Oxford United at the top of the table.
2nd Place Morecambe
This is only Morecambe’s sixth season in the football league, but I think they might just get promoted this year. The last three seasons have been disappointing for The Shrimps, with promising starts leading to mid-season slumps that ended each time in a bottom-half finish, but they’ve won four games on the trot and have looked good value for it, so this could just be their year.
3rd Place Fleetwood
Fleetwood are currently in third place in the league, and I think that might be where they end up. They’ve won more games than anybody in the division bar Chesterfield, and though they were in the same position last year after ten games before slipping down the table, some astute summer signings from Graham Alexander could pave the way for the Lancashire team to achieve promotion in only their second season in the Football League.
Wycombe were relegated from League 1 at the same time as Chesterfield, but I think they might be heading back up this season via the playoffs. They’ve been through a lot of managers in recent years, but they’ve achieved financial stability now after a supporters trust bought the club last year, and current boss Gareth Ainsworth could be the man to get them promoted.
Torquay were in the League 2 play-offs in both 2010-11 and 2011-12, but last year was a very disappointing campaign for them as they finished in 19th place, and while they had begun to look better in the last few matches of the season under new manager Alan Knill, I’m not convinced that they have enough quality to avoid relegation this year with just one win from seven so far.
It pains me to say this, as I’ve always liked Stanley, but they have been absolutely dire this season with a miserable one point from seven matches, but I’ve a feeling they’re going to be heading back down to the Conference unless some drastic changes happen. Maybe James Beattie just isn’t cut out to be a manager.
Tomorrow we will post our League 1 Predictions.