It’s here, the Stacey West predictions for 1 to 24 in League Two. Last year I hit the nail on the head as far as City are concerned and by now, you’ll already know exactly where I think we’ll finish. Champions, although I’m not sure some of my Notts County friends agree entirely!
However, here’s my guide to the rest of League Two, from the top down. If I’ve already written about a side, you’ll find a link to that piece instead of repetition here. I’ll break up the dirge with a few pictures too, all courtesy of the wonderfully talented Mr Burrell.
1st – Lincoln City
If you haven’t already read it, this is why we’ll win the league. It isn’t just me though, the NTT20 podcast guys think it’s on, as does the excellent Gabriel Sutton, the man who pipped me to the 2016 blogging award. He knows his stuff, that lad.
2nd – Notts County
There’s a shout for County to finish above us, but I think it will be a close run thing. Their summer business has been excellent, much like ours and they’ll have the backing of big crowds too, as will we. There’s little doubt in my mind we’ll be front runners together and I firmly believe at the end of the season both sides will be celebrating.
Yes, Hemmings and Dennis are good signings, but there’s so much more to their summer recruitment. Boldewijn from Crawley is a big capture and it reminded me much of James Collins leaving the Red Devils for Luton last season. Okay, he’s not going to score 25 goals, but it does reflect the levels of the two clubs. Notts County are a big deal this season and they’ve splashed some cash in the summer to prove it.
Is there a question mark against their defensive qualities? Time will tell, but they will have enough to avoid play off disappointment again this time around. They’re going to be good, but they won’t be quite as good as us. That said, we’ll perhaps take a point off them again and I’ll be miserable on the short train journey home, again.
As long as the policing is better, eh?
3rd – MK Dons
I’ve done my Dons preview which you’ll find by clicking on the link, but with Paul Tisdale allowed to express himself as a manager and without location being an issue to recruitment, I think MK will be right up there with us. They have a League One quality squad and a League Two experienced manager. That spells one thing: A-U-T-O-M-A-T-I-C P-R-O-M-O-T-I-O-N.
If you fancy a bet on leading scorer, get on Kieran Agard this season because if Tis uses him right, he’ll be on 25 come the end of April.