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Championship Preview - Part 2

Part 2 of Vital Posh's review of the forthcoming Championship covers the teams from Huddersfield through to Wolves.



HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Manager: Simon Grayson

Nickname: The Terriers

Ground: Galpharm Stadium

Capacity: 24,500

Players In
NameFromCost
Adam ClaytonLeeds United£880,000
Paul DixonDundee UnitedFree
Anthony GerrardCardiff City£396,600
Joel LynchNottingham ForestFree
Oliver NorwoodManchester UnitedFree
Sean ScannellCrystal Palace£985,600
Keith SouthernBlackpool£300,000


Players Out
NameToCost
Danny CadamateriCarlisleFree
Aidan ChippendaleAccringtonFree
Nathan ClarkeLeyton OrientFree
Anthony KayMK DonsFree
Jamie McCombeDoncasterFree
Tommy MillerSwindonFree
Gary NaismithReleasedReleased
Greg PearsonReleasedReleased
Gary RobertsSwindonFree
Simon ThomasReleasedReleased


Key Player: Jordan Rhodes

Chances: If Rhodes can continue his scoring form, Huddersfield should have a good season. They have made some quality signings and could make the best progress out of the teams promoted from League One last season.

Position Last Season: 4th in League One (Play-Off Winners)

Vital Posh Prediction: 17th

Odds: 33/1





HULL CITY

Manager: Steve Bruce

Nickname: The Tigers

Ground: KC Stadium

Capacity: 25,586

Players In
NameFromCost
Sone AloukoRangersFree
Ben AmosManchester UnitedSeason Loan
Alex BruceLeeds UnitedFree
Abdoulaye FayeWest Ham UnitedFree
Eldin JakupovicAris ThessalonikiFree
Nick ProschwitzSC Paderborn£2.9million


Players Out
NameToCost
Will AtkinsonBradfordFree
Mark CullenBuryLoan
Kevin KilbaneCoventryFree


Key Player: Robert Koren

Chances: A solid team but lack a bit of punch up front. They need to find a regular goalscorer if they want to challenge for the play-offs otherwise it could be a disappointing season.

Position Last Season: 8th

Vital Posh Prediction: 13th

Odds: 25/1





IPSWICH TOWN

Manager: Paul Jewell

Nickname: The Tractor Boys

Ground: Portman Road

Capacity: 30,311

Players In
NameFromCost
Elliott HewittMacclesfield£251,000
Luke ChambersNottingham ForestFree
Scott LoachWatford£167,000
Massimo LuongoTottenhamLoan


Players Out
NameToCost
Lee BowyerReleased Released
Jimmy BullardReleased Released
Cody CropperReleased Released
Grant LeadbitterMiddlesbroughFree
Mark KennedyRetired Retired
Ibrahima SonkoReleased Released
Richard WrightPrestonFree


Key Player: Tommy Smith

Chances: Had an indifferent season last time out which included a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Peterborough United. Having brought in only four players, Jewell will need to keep his squad free from injury but they should be looking at another mid-table finish.

Position Last Season: 15th

Vital Posh Prediction: 15th

Odds: 25/1





LEEDS UNITED

Manager: Neil Warnock

Nickname: The Whites

Ground: Elland Road

Capacity: 37,697

Players In
NameFromCost
Jamie AshdownPortsmouthFree
Rodolph AustinSK Brann£220,000
Adam DruryNorwich CityFree
Andy GrayBarnsleyFree
Paul GreenDerby CountyFree
El Hadji DioufDoncasterFree
Paddy KennyQPR£440,000
David NorrisPortsmouthFree
Jason PearcePortsmouth£546,000
Lee PeltierLeicester City£660,000
Luke VarneyPortsmouth£220,000


Players Out
NameToCost
Alex BruceHull CityFree
Adam ClaytonHuddersfield£880,000
Mikael ForssellReleased Released
Andy LonerganBolton Wanderers£281,000
Andy O`BrienVancouverFree
Billy PaynterDoncasterUndisclosed
Lloyd SamReleasedReleased
Robert SnodgrassNorwich City£2.8million
Maik TaylorMillwallFree
Danny WebberReleased Released


Key Player: Robert Snodgrass

Chances: Neil Warnock is a manager you love to hate…unless he`s at your club! He knows how to get results and he`s brought in a mixture of players which should complement the players already at the club. Expect Leeds to be challenging for the play-offs.

Position Last Season: 14th

Vital Posh Prediction: 7th

Odds: 11/1





LEICESTER CITY

Manager: Nigel Pearson

Nickname: The Foxes

Ground: King Power Stadium

Capacity: 32,262

Players In
NameFromCost
Marko FutacsPortsmouthFree
Matty JamesManchester United£1.1million
Anthony KnockaertGuingamp£2.6million
Ritchie de LaetManchester United£1.1million
Jamie VardyFleetwood£1.1million
Zak WhitbreadNorwich CityFree


Players Out
NameToCost
Sol BambaTrabzonspor£792,000
Elliott ChamberlainReleasedReleased
Steve HowardHartlepoolFree
Matt MillsBolton Wanderers£2.2million
Franck MoussaReleasedReleased
Oliver NorburnBristol RoversFree
Matt OakleyReleasedReleased
John PantsilReleasedReleased
Lee PeltierLeeds United£660,000
Aleksandar TunchevReleasedReleased
Darius VassellReleasedReleased
Chris WealeShrewsburyFree


Key Player: Jamie Vardy

Chances: Often been under-achievers of the division, the Foxes need to start performing on a regular basis. Jamie Vardy was by far and away the best non-league player last season and he help Leicester make the play-offs.

Position Last Season: 9th

Vital Posh Prediction: 4th

Odds: 7/1





MIDDLESBROUGH



Manager: Tony Mowbray

Nickname: Boro

Ground: Riverside Stadium

Capacity: 34,988

Players In
NameFromCost
Christian BurgessArsenalFree
Mustapha CarayolBristol Rovers£563,000
George FriendDoncaster£563,000
Justin HoyteFree AgentFree
Grant LeadbitterIpswich TownFree
Emanuel LedesmaWalsallFree
Jayson LeutwilerBaselUndisclosed
Stuart ParnabyFree AgentFree
Jonathan WoodgateStoke CityFree


Players Out
NameToCost
Matthew BatesReleasedReleased
Danny CoyneReleasedReleased
Jonathan FranksHartlepoolFree
Jonathan GroundsOldhamFree
Malaury MartinReleasedReleased
Tony McMahonSheff UnitedFree
Barry RobsonVancouverFree


Key Player: Marvin Emnes

Chances: Boro should be aiming for the play-offs this season after just missing out last season. If they can improve on their home form, they should get into the play-offs.

Position Last Season: 7th

Vital Posh Prediction: 6th

Odds: 20/1





MILLWALL

Manager: Kenny Jacket

Nickname: The Lions

Ground: The Den

Capacity: 20,146

Players In
NameFromCost
Scott MaloneBournemouth£827,000
Karleigh OsborneBrentfordFree
Danny ShittuFree AgentFree
Chris TaylorOldhamFree
Maik TaylorLeeds UnitedFree




Players Out
NameToCost
Chris HackettNorthamptonFree
Tony CraigBrentfordFree
Ryan AllsopLeyton OrientFree
Josh McQuoidBournemouthFree
Hamer BouazzaOmonia NikosiaFree
Jordan StewartReleasedReleased
Jake GallagherReleased Released
Conor McLarenReleased Released


Key Player: Liam Trotter

Chances: Well organised side who are another side looking for improvement on their home form. Should be good enough to stay out of relegation trouble but they won`t be too far off.

Position Last Season: 16th

Vital Posh Prediction: 19th

Odds: 50/1





NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Manager: Sean O`Driscoll

Nickname: The Reds

Ground: City Ground

Capacity: 30,603

Players In
NameFromCost
Daniel AyalaNorwich CitySeason Loan
Danny CollinsStoke City£563,000
Simon CoxWBA£2.2million
Simon GillettDoncasterFree
Adlene GuediouraWolves£1.1million
Greg HalfordPortsmouth£220,000
Dan HardingSouthamptonFree


Players Out
NameToCost
Paul AndersonBristol CityFree
George BoatengReleased Released
Luke ChambersIpswichFree
Chris GunterReading£2.6million
Marlon HarewoodReleased Released
Joel LynchHuddersfieldFree
Gareth McClearyReadingFree
Paul SmithReleased Released


Key Player: Simon Cox

Chances: Endured a very difficult season as they only just survived relegation. They shouldn`t find themselves in such trouble this season and it depends how Simon Cox and Dexter Blackstock combine. If they manage to hit it off, Forest could be looking at a top half of the table finish. Last seasons disappointment could still be linguering around the club which could dent any hopes of a big improvement on last season though.

Position Last Season: 19th

Vital Posh Prediction: 16th

Odds: 11/1





PETERBOROUGH UNITED

Manager: Darren Ferguson

Nickname: The Posh

Ground: London Road

Capacity: 15,315

Players In
NameFromCost
Tyrone BarnettCrawley Town£1.2million
Michael BostwickStevenage£444,400
Shaun BrisleyMacclesfield Town£330,000
Jonson Clarke-HarrisCoventry CityFree
Nat Knight-PercivalWrexhamFree
Nathaniel Mendez-LaingWolves£277,200
Robert OlejnikTorquay United£330,000
Danny SwansonDundee UnitedFree


Players Out
NameToCost
David BallFleetwood TownUndisclosed
Paul JonesCrawley TownFree
Joe LewisCardiff CityFree
Nathan RalphYeovil TownFree


Key Player: Lee Tomlin




Chances: So much could depend on whether Posh keep hold of influential duo George Boyd and Paul Taylor. Both are on the transfer list after refusing to discuss a new contract as they enter the last year of their contract. If they leave, it will be crucial for Posh to bring in suitable replacements. They are the bookies favourites to go down even though the squad, as it stands, is stronger than last season! They will be looking for another good start to the season and if they can achieve this, they should finish comfortably in mid-table, if not higher.

Position Last Season: 18th

Vital Posh Prediction: 14th

Odds: 100/1





SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Manager: Dave jones

Nickname: The Owls

Ground: Hillsborough

Capacity: 39,812

Players In
NameFromCost
Diogo AmodoUniao LeiriaFree
Michael AntonioReading£792,000
Anthony GarnerCrystal PalaceFree
Chris KirklandWiganFree
Kieran LeeOldhamFree
Chris MaguireDerby County£277,200
Joe MattockWBAFree
Rhys McCabeRangersFree
Nejc PecnikCD NacionalFree


Players Out
NameToCost
Richard O`DonnellChesterfieldFree
Clinton MorrisonColchester UnitedFree
Chris SedgwickReleasedReleased
Jon OtsemoborMK DonsFree
Sean CuffReleased Released
Vadaine OliverReleased Released
Liam PalmerTranmereLoan
Ryan LoweMK DonsUndisclosed


Key Player: ??

Chances: Could find it a struggle back in the Championship. A good start will be needed if they are to avoid relegation back to League One.

Position Last Season: 2nd in League One

Vital Posh Prediction: 21st

Odds: 22/1





WATFORD

Manager: Gianfranco Zola

Nickname: The Hornets

Ground: Vicarage Road

Capacity: 17,477

Players In
NameFromCost
Almen AbdiUdineseFree
Manual AlmuniaArsenalFree
Ikechi AnyaGranadaSeason Loan
Steve Leo BeleckUdineseFree
Alex GeijoUdineseLoan
Fitz HallQPRFree
Daniel PudilGranadaSeason Loan
Matej VydraUdineseFree


Players Out
NameToCost
Michael BryanReleasedReleased
Rene GilmartinPlymouthFree
Chez IsaacReleasedReleased
Tom JamesNuneatonFree
Scott LoachIpswich£167,200
Adrian MariappaReading£3.3million
Josh WalkerScunthorpeFree


Key Player: John Eustace

Chances: It could be a difficult season with a raft of new players coming in on free`s and loans from the owners other clubs. They will need to gel very quickly if the are to avoid relegation rather than gain promotion which is what the new owners want.

Position Last Season: 11th

Vital Posh Prediction: 22nd

Odds: 33/1





WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

Manager: Stale Solbakken

Nickname: Wolves

Ground: Molineux

Capacity: 27,828

Players In
NameFromCost
Tongo DoumbiaRennesSeason Loan
Frank NoubleWest Ham UnitedFree
Slawo PeszkoCologneLoan
Bjorn Bergmann SigurdarsonLillestrom£2.6million
Jamie TankWalsall£26,400




Players Out
NameToCost
Jake CassidyTranmereSix-month Loan
Jody CraddockReleasedReleased
Louis HarrisAFC WimbledonFree
Ashley HemmingsWalsallFree
Michael KightlyStoke City£3.1million
Nathaniel Mendez-LaingPeterborough United£277,200
James SprayReleasedReleased
Sam VokesBurnley£558,800


Key Player: Matt Jarvis

Chances: May find it difficult to adapt back to life in the Championship with their new manager. They will be competing at the top of the league but whether they can return to the Premiership at the first time of asking could be a bit much.

Position Last Season: 20th in the Premier League

Vital Posh Prediction: 5th

Odds: 9/1



All odds obtained from Paddy Power



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Date:Friday August 17 2012

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