Expectations for Season 18/19?

Where Will We Finish?


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Hopefully not too early.

If we keep the squad as have right now although I am expecting potentially one 'big' departure and looking at what signings other clubs in the Championship have made, I would be hugely disappointed if we didn't at least finish in the top 6.

I will put my neck out and honestly believe we will finish top 2.
 

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Really difficult to judge at this stage as there will be significant moves in the transfer market for a number of contenders before the season kicks off. I think we can improve on last year and make the top 6 but higher than that will be very tough. I still pinch myself that my team is competing at this level so I take nothing for granted. Would be nice to start well!
 

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Hopefully not too early.

If we keep the squad as have right now although I am expecting potentially one 'big' departure and looking at what signings other clubs in the Championship have made, I would be hugely disappointed if we didn't at least finish in the top 6.

I will put my neck out and honestly believe we will finish top 2.
Wow do you honestly believe this? Good on you! I reckon we'll finish between 5th and 10th.... I think before we get to Lionel road that will be a successful season.
 

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Gonna stick my neck out and say 2nd - 23rd.....
 

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Would be disappointed if we're not top 8 and fully expect us to be in top 6. Which spot in that top 6 is the question for me. Bookies have us between 6th and 9th favourites
 

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My main wish

That I could buy a ticket to watch the teams first game


I am not being to unreasonable ??
 

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Depends what the squad looks like on 10th August. If it looks like it is at this very moment I would say top 10 at least and possibly top 6.
 

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We need a good start. Our play-off chances were massively hampered by our start last season. We need to play with focus and drive from the first game - if we set off well, then think 5th or 6th.
 

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Went for 5th or 6th. I think the league is stronger this year despite the reduced spending so far but so are we.
 
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Wow do you honestly believe this? Good on you! I reckon we'll finish between 5th and 10th.... I think before we get to Lionel road that will be a successful season.
Honestly do ... we have quality throughout the squad. Yes a lot can happen between now and the transfer deadline day but I don’t think more than one ‘big’ player will leave.
 

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Top 10.. no idea how good the rest of the division is until a month or two in...
 

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I’m just enjoying the ride. The Championship is a great place to be and on the pitch, we’re doing it the right way.
 

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Think it will be similar to last year with alot of teams battling it out for the play offs going into the final few weeks I expect we will be one of them again
 

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Hopefully another top 10 finish, and maybe a decent push for the play offs.
 

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I'm going to vote as if we have no major outgoings......so I'm very optimistic.
5th.
 

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You can't even get 2/1 at the bookies on us being at the top six.
Not dark horses anymore!
 

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PS - This poll is rather flawed.
Top ten includes all of the options above and needs to be 7-8th 9th-10th etc.
 

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I think we will be there or thereabouts challenging for the top 6 again. Hopefully with a better start this season we can sneak in.
 

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I think we will be there or thereabouts challenging for the top 6 again. Hopefully with a better start this season we can sneak in.
Like every season no expectation in terms of league position. Almost certain that we’ll go about our business the right way and play enjoyable, entertaining football in the process.

Having said this, I expect more often than not opposition fans will continue to moan post-match that their team “should not be losing to a club like Brentford”. Guess that means my prediction is we’ll win more than we lose.
 

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Success looks like: come start of April, being in the mix for a play off place.
 

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We all know that a lot depends on how good the rest of the division is.

If you look at who finished above us last season, I get the feeling that easily the best teams went up last season. Possibly all that didn’t will be significantly poorer sides too - Derby & Villa we know face rebuilding.

We will always be dark horses. Although football is random and the new signings will be even more so, I think the core of young homegrown players (Bentley, Mepham, Woods, Watkins) with a lack of inhibitions will really surprise people with a season or two at this level under their belt now. We would do well to let that spine be the core of the team, don’t chop or change it much at all. I’m sure one of the four will be captain as well.

If we stick to that then my heart says promotion (even automatically) and head says anywhere in top 8. If any of those players leave then bottom half.

As for the rest of the division; Forest will progably do really well, Stoke will be good and Blackburn are my other dark horses. You probably look at Middlesbrough and think top 8 as well, but they’re due a bad season surely!
 

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On paper our squad looks good enough for a top 10 or better finish. However I have no doubt that a significant number of clubs in the division have similar expectations

To be successful we will need to avoid any significant injuries and have a little luck along the way, something that has not happened for a few seasons now.

Realistically until we have all played a dozen games or so nobody can make any reasonable prediction
 

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Top 10.. no idea how good the rest of the division is until a month or two in...
We know how they are now. Three best teams got promoted last season. Only Stoke are "guaranteed" to be a contender
 

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I think half way, this is partly affected by a feeling that Woodsy will go, and IMO there is no one currently at the club who could replace what Woodsy gives us, he is the
water carrier/metronome of the way we play.
 

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I think half way, this is partly affected by a feeling that Woodsy will go, and IMO there is no one currently at the club who could replace what Woodsy gives us, he is the
water carrier/metronome of the way we play.
I think, when you look at many of the favourites, most are favoured purely because of the money they have available. When you look a bit deeper, a significant number of those are in some sort of rebuilding, with new managers/coaches, the loss of key players and expensive additions to bring in. We all know that costly, well-paid players don't necessarily make for instant success and the Championship is littered with the obituaries of managers and owners who have thought that. It's clubs like Middlesbrough, who started last season, that will be the most consistent in challenging.

This season (and as we stand now, so that may change) we have the vast majority of our very young squad with not only another year's Championship experience but a year of playing a very specific style of play. I believe that part of this approach is to give us resilience and we've recruited specifically to this.

Back to your point, this means we're not reliant on any specific player and that players and those around them in a team know exactly what their role is. Our relative performances with Woods specifically in the team or out were unchanged (and some may debate, improved).

Of course, this is based on my underlying pre-season optimism and may all fall apart in the first few games!
 

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Another top 10 with potential for top 6 if we keep the current squad together. Dont think that anyone will be as strong as Wolves were but Stoke will be top 2 IMHO
 

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Being in this division is good enough for me. Looking forward for the usual big time Charlies rolling into Griffin Park, expecting an easy afternoon but being shown up by little ol' Brentford.

Having said that. A decent start to this season that alluded us last year unfortunately and I think we could be up there. Top 10 is perfectly achievable
 

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Fine margins. Five goals fewer conceded and five more scored last season would have easily put us in the top six. Probably be a bit clearer once the transfer window closes but I think we will be in the top ten all the same.
 

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We seem to be going into the new season with a pretty young and inexperienced squad. So we'll probably be a bit inconsistent. I can see us winning as many as we lose but there will be plenty of ups and downs.

Offensively, we don't really have enough goals in us to challenge at the very top. Watkins and Maupay might get into low double figures but I'm struggling to see significant goal tallies elsewhere. The likes of Benrahma, Canos, Watkins and McLeod could all get four or five but that isn't going to be enough to push us up into the top six.

Defensively, I think we might be vulnerable to injuries, suspensions, loss of form. The first choice back four is OK but there isn't a lot backing them up at the minute.

Overall, I think we look like a decent midtable side, possibly a bit better if we get a following wind with injuries. I'm expecting something like 10th to 12th though obviously new incomings/outgoings might alter that early (and probably premature) assessment.
 

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Need a decent start and we need to keep our best players despite the money being waived at is. Ten games in is about the mark when things start to get clearer with regard to the league table.
 

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We seem to be going into the new season with a pretty young and inexperienced squad. So we'll probably be a bit inconsistent. I can see us winning as many as we lose but there will be plenty of ups and downs.

Offensively, we don't really have enough goals in us to challenge at the very top. Watkins and Maupay might get into low double figures but I'm struggling to see significant goal tallies elsewhere. The likes of Benrahma, Canos, Watkins and McLeod could all get four or five but that isn't going to be enough to push us up into the top six.

Defensively, I think we might be vulnerable to injuries, suspensions, loss of form. The first choice back four is OK but there isn't a lot backing them up at the minute.

Overall, I think we look like a decent midtable side, possibly a bit better if we get a following wind with injuries. I'm expecting something like 10th to 12th though obviously new incomings/outgoings might alter that early (and probably premature) assessment.
So add Watkins 4-5 too his low double figures and we have a 20 goal a season!! I like what you have done there.
 

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So add Watkins 4-5 too his low double figures and we have a 20 goal a season!! I like what you have done there.
Ha ha, well spotted!

Watkins might well get a few more, particularly if played as a central striker. But it's the lack of back up goals from elsewhere in the team that will drag us down a bit. That's what happened last season. We got 19 goals from the main striker position (Maupay plus Vibe) which isn't bad at all. But we had weak contributions from elsewhere on the whole.

To finish in the top six we need four or five players to get into double figures (or close) and I don't see that we've got the personnel to do that unfortunately. I'm not blaming anyone or being unduly negative. I think it simply reflects the glass ceiling that low budget teams like us inevitably come up against. Free scoring wide or midfield players cost a fortune and are difficult to recruit on our wages.
 

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