Championship season 2013/14 preview: Q-Z and final table

 As much off a disastrous season as QPR had last season, it is difficult to see Harry Redknapp failing to do what he does best and get the best out of his players. He has already stamped his own authority on the hoops by signing Karl Henry, Danny Simpson and veteran stalwart Richard Dunne. Although Harry took a huge blow when a fee was agreed for striker Gary Hooper then a few days later he had signed for Premier League outfit Norwich. However I believe a really good season is in order and as hard as it is I see promotion. Prediction – 2nd

Similarly enough I also think that Reading will put there awful season behind them and bounce right back up. I think this mainly because it is Nigel Adkins’ first full season in charge and he has proved many a time what he can do. As for transfers I am still in complete shock that Championship side have signed former Real Madrid and Everton star Royston Drenthe. That is a terrific signing as he is sure to get a bag full of goals along with assists and flair. You might raise your eye brows that I have predicted this Royal side to finish top of the pile but who knows who will win it. It is just too tight to call in my opinion. Prediction – 1st

After finishing in 18th place last season, Sheffield Wednesday will have an identical season in my opinion. They can’t attract the sufficient players in order to propel themselves up the table and I think they will just be close to the drop for the vast majority of the season but still be safe come the season close which I guess is the most important thing at the moment. Prediction – 19th

Last season Watford faltered in a tentative play-off final to Crystal Palace which must be awful for Gianfranco Zola and everyone involved with the club. He will be looking to bounce back stronger especially with the permanent signings of a few Udinese players and Lewis Mcgugan. However I think they will have a good season still but just fall short of the play-off places. Prediction – 8th

With Wigan Athletic it is a tricky one as they have never been relegated so we don’t know what they are like in the Championship. They could go one or two ways, they could struggle and keep plummeting the wrong way or they could bounce back the other way. With Roberto Martinez moving onto Everton, that left Owen Coyle to get the job who is known for getting his teams up and motivating his players but can he do it with this Wigan side? Well, I am very impressed with the signings that have been made so far including James Perch, Chris Mccann, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Scott Carson and Grant Holt. I feel Grant Holt especially is a terrific signing as he has recently shown that he can still score plenty of goals and be a nuisance in the Premier League. Prediction – 6th

Although Yeovil Town have a brilliant manager in Gary Johnson, I just can’t see anything other than relegation back down to League 1 for me. The squad’s strength and depth will just not be enough to keep them up in my opinion but who knows. Prediction – 24th

What we do know is that it is certain to throw us off course month after month but will provide us with none stop entertainment and drama.

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1st Reading

2nd QPR


3rd Forest

4th Leicester

5th Bolton

6th Wigan


7th Brighton

8th Watford

9th Leeds

10th Derby

11th Boro

12th Blackpool

13th Charlton

14th Birmingham

15th Ipswich

16th Burnley

17th Blackburn

18th Huddersfield

19th Sheff Wed

20th Bournemouth

21st Millwall                


22nd Barnsley

23rd Doncaster

24th Yeovil    

Jay Taylor