2013/14 season preview: Our predicted League One table

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By Jason McKeown

The Width of a Post writing team was asked to predict this season’s League One final standings. From which we have been able to calculate each team’s average anticipated final position, When Saturday Comes-style.

Here, applying the-wisdom-of-crowds approach, is our predicted 2013/14 League One table:

Pos Club Highest predicted finish Lowest predicted finish Average predicted finish
1 Sheffield United 1 9 3.7
2 Wolves 1 9 3.8
3 Peterborough 1 17 4.5
4 Brentford 1 8 4.8
5 Bristol City 1 17 6.4
6 MK Dons 2 12 6.9
7 Preston 1 16 9.1
8 Bradford City 3 19 9.6
9 Leyton O 4 20 9.9
10 Notts Co 5 21 11.7
11 Swindon 3 20 12
12 Tranmere 5 18 12.9
13 Rotherham 6 20 13.3
14 Walsall 8 19 13.7
15 Gillingham 6 24 14
16 Crawley 9 23 14.3
17 Crewe 8 18 15
18 Port Vale 5 23 16.3
19 Stevenage 12 23 19.1
20 Shrewsbury 13 24 19.2
21 Carlisle 14 22 19.4
22 Oldham 9 24 19.8
23 Coventry 13 24 20.2
24 Colchester 15 24 20.6

So based on our expectations, Sheffield United will be this season’s champions. No WOAP writer predicted they would finish outside the top 10. It was a similar case with the side we think the Blades will narrowly pip, Wolves. We see the play offs being made up of Peterborough, Brentford, Bristol City and MK Dons.

Optimism for Bradford City’s fortunes was reasonably high, with an eighth-place finish meaning we would narrowly miss out on the play offs. A few writers predict us to end up in the top five, although a couple of others anticipate a relegation battle, albeit a successful one.

At the other end, Colchester, who only avoided relegation on the final day of the 2012/13 season, are expected to prop up the division. No one expects the Us to finish any higher than 15th. We think they will be joined in League Two by the division’s basket case club, Coventry, plus Oldham and Carlisle.

Which means we don’t expect any of the 2012/13 League Two promoted sides to go straight back down. Port Vale (18th) are the least fancied of the quartet, although one writer did predict a 5th-placed finish for the Valiants. Gillingham (15th) and Rotherham (13th) are also forecasted to finish in the bottom half of the table. That all three finished ahead of the Bantams in League Two last season does not mean we believe they can scale the same heights as we predict of our beloved club.

Suggesting that we expect it to be an open division, at least one writer predicted a top six finish for 16 of the 24 clubs. Who will make up the bottom four was forecast less widely, with just 10 sides being ranked in the relegation spots by at least one writer. Only one club, Walsall, received no votes for a top six or bottom four finish.

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