The Football League Previews 2010/11 – Part 3: The Championship


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. maliniok says:

    Millwall and Leicester much underrated in my opinion. I expect the former to finish comfortably midtable and the latter to challenge for promotion/playoff places.

  2. burwellian says:

    I’d expect to see Millwall safe and Doncaster in mid-table. Donny play attractive football well, they finished where they did last season for a reason and should look to build on that.

    As an Ipswich fan, I’d bite your hand off if you offered us 6th at the moment. I’d expect us around 13th or 14th at the moment with Norwich a few places below us around 17th. As you said; Norwich haven’t got players or a manager with experience at this level and although they’re a very good League 1 team, they won’t be as good in the Championship as some hype them up to be. The clubs around them fell over each other to avoid winning the League 1 title last season, after all… Meanwhile, we seem to lack a right back (currently playing Peters there, but he’s a winger), look set to sell our Captain Jon Walters (RW), have no obvious LW in the absence of Civelli who’s currently in the middle of returning from a 16 month spell out injured, and of course, no-one who can put the ball in the net. Well, other than Wickham, but it’s a lot of pressure for a 17 year old.

  3. Rob says:

    @burwellian: To be honest, that’s a reflection of the division, more than Ipswich. Before I sorted the teams in “finishing” order, I had Ipswich marked as “upper mid table” (as were every side from Coventry to Swansea to ninth), but then I had Forest and QPR as “just outside playoffs”. There just doesn’t look to be any real quality at the top end of the division, it’s very much like 2007-2008 when West Brom won the title with 81 points.

    For the record, I am also an Ipswich fan, and people may think that there’s an element of bias, but maybe it’s a case of knowing our better than others.

  4. burwellian says:

    @Rob Yeah, I know what you mean about lack of quality this year. I’d’ve picked the same Top 3, but swapped Forest and Bristol around before today tbh.

    After today, I’m more inclined to go with your prediction than my own now, but time will tell I guess. Great result :)

  5. A couple of decent matches at centre back in Reading’s Premier League sojourn do vouch for Kalifa Cisse’s versatility but Reading won’t miss his inability to trap and pass a ball. A good point about the failure to strengthen though.

  6. steve fox says:

    just a slight change for you to make but derby signed Tomas Cywka from wigan this summer .and you have listed him in the out section… just thought id let you know

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>