With a few new faces in League One for 2016/17, it's best to embark on a whistle-stop tour of the ins and outs from the fallout of last term and the busy summer transfer happenings.
The real excitement comes from the new managers. Chris Wilder is now in charge of Sheffield United, and was appointed fairly swiftly after leading Northampton Town to the League Two title. The 51-year-old has the plum job at this level, but also the pressure for a chronically under-performing side from last season. Nigel Adkins failed miserably.
Phil Parkinson is the steady hand installed at Bolton Wanderers; who are condemned to third tier football for the first time since 1993. Former Scotland midfielder Stuart McCall has replaced Parkinson at Bradford City, whilst Uwe Rosler will be another big name in the League One ranks. The German has surprisingly taken the job at Fleetwood Town. In fact, McCall, Parkinson and Rosler would have been a fairly feisty playing trio back in the day.
Relegated Charlton Athletic have opted for Russell Slade, who has previous at this level with Leyton Orient. The MK Dons meanwhile are back in League One, and there's the added spice of two encounters with Wimbledon. Grant McCann was the popular choice at the Posh - although they won't have my money weighing them down this season. Will we see the 'great entertainers' again? I hope so, I've got a soft spot for Peterborough.
I watched Northampton at Brisbane Road last season, and they were the best side I had seen in east London all campaign (admittedly from a small sample size). Crawley were the worst incidentally - by a long distance. The promoted League Two champions won't have Wilder nor the talisman Ricky Holmes. Former Port Vale boss Rob Page is now in charge.
Much like the gun is fired in chapter two of any Franz Kafka novel as a rule, Sheffield United always go off (like that gun) as League One ante-post favourites. At 6.806/1 they represent terrible value once again, just as they did 12 months ago, just as they did 12 months before that.
I've mentioned Wilder as the new boss, and he'll know the club being a fan and a former player. But the signing of Leon Clarke is not the sort of marquee name I was expecting at Bramall Lane. Granted; he is proven at this level, and at 14/1 for top goalscorer there are probably worst bets. Perhaps the Yorkshire outfit are being more realistic? They have finished eleventh and fifth in the previous two seasons, so I would let that ante-post title punt go.
Considering the Blades are one of two clubs in single figures (and I've already discounted them), this market looks wide-open. Last season's beaten play-off finalists Millwall were my initial port of call, as there wasn't too much to find fault with from last season. A good defence, and a forward in Lee Gregory that scores in a side holding lots of experience. They are 10.519/2 to win and 2.01/1 for a top six finish. The latter looks a bet to me, but I would have liked some bigger signings at The Den. Also Gregory has been linked with £2 million move to the Championship, which tempers my enthusiasm to back them outright.
The Lions have lost defender Mark Beevers to Bolton, but have signed David Worrall from Southend. His delivery will be perfect for Millwall's play.
Not too many of the other League One sides from last season do it for me, which is why I am heading towards Bolton at 15.50 to just shade Charlton at 9.08/1.
Both have appointed managers who know this division very well, and Parkinson is the ideal man for the job at the Macron Stadium, just like Slade is for the Londoners. Having taken Bradford to the play-offs previously, Parky also tasted success in gaining promotion from League One with Colchester in 2006.
Parkinson's transfer dealings have been minimal thus far; but Beevers (as previously mentioned) is an excellent centre-back. Jamie Proctor has followed from Bradford, and winger Chris Taylor is probably a bit too good for this level.
There's a big element of risk however attached to this bet; as Bolton still have some big names on Championship wages. A midfield of Darren Pratley, Jay Spearing and Mark Davies would win most matches in League One - the question posed though is - will they be here after the transfer window? Bolton were placed under a transfer embargo in December 2015, and there's been a recent change with Dean Holdsworth leaving his role of director of football after 22 days. The Trotters couldn't play Spearing at one point last season as they couldn't afford the trigger payment to Liverpool of £100,000.
However, it's a big club at this level, and Wigan came strong at the end of the campaign to win the title. OK they might lose a player or two; as in the case of Rob Holding to Arsenal for £2 million, but they'll still be able to attract big names, and Parkinson used the loan market well at Bradford.
Top Goalscorer Odds
One player I am really looking forward to seeing in League One is Zach Clough of Bolton. The teenager burst onto the scene last term when making his first-team debut in the FA Cup against Wigan. He scored the only goal of that game to set up a tie with Liverpool in the next round - a match where he looked one of the best players on the pitch for 72 minutes according to Fabrice Muamba.
As starts to a career go, he had a lively one. His first appearance in the Championship was equally impressive, he scored twice against Wolves. Manager-at-the-time Neil Lennon swiftly awarded him a contract, and the Academy graduate was a precious stone in the Bolton crown last term. Unfortunately a dislocated shoulder ended his season abruptly in March.
The Tameside-born youngster has scored in recent pre-season friendlies, and I urge you to view his long-range strike against Tranmere. Yes, the finish was a thing of beauty, but his first touch to take him away from his marker was sublime - he was gone in a flash, and I love to see top movement in players. He clearly has a knack for a goal.
He's slight of build, but tenacious and brave. Former Bolton defender David Wheater (who is back playing in pre-season games for the club) remarked of his courage in training in not only taking tackles, but also his willingness to constantly want the ball.
The 19-year-old looks a real talent, and at 25/1 in the Sportsbook, he is worth a punt. Hopefully the big clubs will refrain from making any bids for now. He also went to the same school as Mick Hucknall.
If Clough looks a risk, Charlton's Nicky Ajose represents a solid option at 7/1.
New Addicks' manager Russell Slade moved quickly to snap up the striker who netted 25 goals for Swindon last season. Indeed, Slade mentioned their enthusiastic first meeting: "I couldn't get rid of him when I met him. We sat talking for an hour and ten minutes."
The 24-year-old is a box player and a finisher, and at £800,000, this is a big move for a forward who has always threatened to have a big season. Unfortunately his price does look on the short side, but he'll have a decent campaign.
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Minus the perennial strugglers, the drop market is certainly more egalitarian. Swindon 2.9015/8, Bury 2.789/5 and Chesterfield 2.962/1 make little appeal to go down. Especially Bury - who despite a wobble towards the end of the season, are a well-run club with a good manager. I would look to lay that price for the Shakers.
Port Vale's odds of 2.245/4 would not have been seen if Rob Page was still in charge - as they were a decent side at home last season. Page has gone however, and chairman Norman Smurthwaite is expecting a top-six challenge under new manager Bruno Ribeiro.
At the time of writing, the Burslem club has been the busiest in terms of an extensive overhaul, with 13 players in at Vale Park (ten from foreign climes). However, unproven managers and unproven players at this level are not an ideal mix, and only Oldham trade shorter at 2.0811/10. Riberio however has experience of playing in England with Leeds United and Sheffield United, and is good friends with Jose Mourinho.
League One Recommended Ante-Post Bets
Back Bolton Wanderers to win the title @ 15.50
Back Millwall for top six finish @ 2.01/1
Back Zach Clough @ 25/1 and Nicky Ajose @ 7/1 (Sportsbook prices) for top goalscorer
Lay Bury in relegation market @ 2.789/5