I’m going to endeavour to do a preview of all 24 teams in our division this season, in blocks of six.
It might take me a week or so as I have an awful lot on this week, but it pays to be informed and as Imps fans, some of you may not know the opponent we’re facing, or the sort of summer they’ve had. Therefore, I aim to try to help.
I’m going to hold off on doing a 1-24 prediction early, that’ll come a day or two before the kick-off when we know what the squads are looking like, but until then here’s a brief look at the teams we’re due to face and how they’ve done this summer.
Av Attendance 2019/20: 2862
Manager: John Coleman
Preferred Formation 2019/20: 4-4-2
Last game v City: Stanley 4-3 Imps- 20th February 2020
Summer Ins: Cameron Burgess – Scunthorpe, Ryan Cassidy – Watford (Loan), Tom Allan – Newcastle (Loan), Matt Butcher – Bournemouth (Loan) Mo Sangare – Newcastle (Loan)
Summer Outs: Jordan Clark – Luton, Dimi Evtimov, Zaine Francis-Angol, Erico de Sousa, Wilson Carvalho, Phil Edwards, Ozzy Zanzala (All Released)
Accrington are a side who truly confound the critics each season, whether it is winning League Two in our first year back, or finishing 17th last season with comfortably the lowest budget in the division. Whilst they will again be the poor relations of League One in terms of fees and wages, they do have plenty going for them. John Coleman is a manager who understands his squad, and knows how to best set them up for the challenges that lay ahead.
There’s little doubt losing Jordan Clark is a blow but there is a spirit at Accrington which could see them once again finish outside the bottom four. That might not sound like a huge achievement, but given their means, it would be. The one worry I’d have for them would be similar to that of Keith Hill at Rochdale; eventually, Coleman and the club will surely come to the end of their relationship and when that happens, I fear for them. Still, as of August 31st, there should be four worse squads in the division than Accrington.
Av Attendance 2019/20: 4383
Manager: Glyn Hodges
Preferred Formation 2019/20: 3-5-2
Last game v City: 1-1, 2nd November 2019
Cheye Alexander – Barnet, Alex Woodyard – Peterborough, Ollie Palmer – Crawley, Ethan Chislett – Aldershot, Connal Trueman – Birmingham (Loan) Jaako Oskanen – Brentford (Loan), Ryan Longman – Brighton (Loan)
Summer Outs: Rod McDonald, Reuben Collins, Anthony Wordsworth, Mitch Pinnock, Finlay Macnab, Scott Wagstaff, Kyron Stabana, Kwesi Appiah, Tommy Wood, Dylan Connolly, Ossama Ashley (All Released)
I believe that had the season run it’s course last time out, Wimbledon may well have been a League Two club right now. PPG gave them a reprieve that the fixture list looked unlikely to do so. they’re another side, like Accrington, who will expect to be at the lower end of the division and I think their recruitment reflects that. Alex Woodyard is a big signing for them, but if Ollie Palmer is going to be their main target man I do fear for goals.
However, they do still have Joe Pigott and again, they will show a certain spirit that I suspect they’ll need for another tough campaign. They’ve been milling around the bottom of the division since being promoted and I don’t expect anything different for them this season.