Possibly the most open league competition at any level in years as there are huge question marks over the teas relegated.
Burnley have Laws and a few new signings but have lost some as well- Laws is no Coyle, end of.
Hull's big ambition is to avoid a 10 point deduction through administration.
Pompey's big ambition is to find a team especially as yesterday's "signing" signed for Sheff U this morning.
So if we discount those three, who is going up?
Well I don't buy the fact that Strachan has stripped his homeland of players makes Boro favourites but they should be useful.
Forest ought to be obvious but surprise surprise Billy Davies is having a rumpus with his board instead of spending their money.
Leicester ought to be good again but the Thais and Mandaric are leaving it awfully late to be decisive in the market.
Bristol City under Coppell are making shrewd signings and in Sproule and Maynard have two of the most exciting players in the Division.
Sheff U are not weaker than last time out and will be a tough set of opponents for anyone.
Ipswich are hampered by the wild Roy Keane but have some decent players.
Reading came very good at the end of last season and should make the play-offs.
Leeds and Norwich could both challenge first time back.
Doncaster have held onto most of their players and made a significant signing in Billy Sharpe- they are certainly a very attractive side too watch under Sean O'Driscoll who is probably the pick of the bosses at that level. I fancy they will upset the apple cart and reach the play-offs.
Swansea and Cardiff are probably both more concerned about money than anything else.
PNE's 3-0 win against us was the highlight of their relegation-bound season (with Scunthorpe and Millwall).
So my tip for going up is QPR- Warnock is not everyone's cup of tea but he can manage and they are making some good signings.
Edited by philipl, 06 August 2010 - 11:01 AM.