Sky Bet League One: How will they look in May?

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Portsmouth lead the pack in League One right now and don’t be surprised if you see them there at the end of the season. They have started off brilliantly and could very well keep that momentum going until the end of the season, especially with in form striker Ronan Curtis picking up the slack going forward. Sunderland, with all the quality they possess in their team, could pose a real threat.

Play-Off mix

Out of all the North-West sides, Accrington Stanley pose the biggest threat to secure a second successive promotion and the spirit around the club at the moment, along with the confidence in their squad, should be enough to earn them a play-off place. An unnamed Accrington fan is certainly optimistic about the coming season:

“We’ve had a monumental start this season and its clear that’s all down to the momentum set on by the confidence of destroying League Two last year. Honestly, the play-offs could be in reach if we keep our heads down and take it game by game. This is the best time to be an Accie fan.”

Blackpool should finish just outside the play-offs however in 7th, with Matt Scrafton from the Blackpool Gazette saying they’ve already exceeded expectation:

“Blackpool have confounded expectations so far, losing just the once to sit in ninth place in League One. Terry McPhillips has continued the good work of predecessor Gary Bowyer, who shocked everyone by handing in his resignation just one game into the season due to the ongoing off-the-field issues at Bloomfield Road

“The Seasiders are unbeaten in 12 games and are also through to the last 16 of the League Cup, so it’s been a superb start to the campaign.”

Mid-Table obscurity

Fleetwood Town have had a mixed start under Joey Barton but their fans will undoubtedly take it after their weak finish at the end of last season. Surrounded by the likes of Scunthorpe United, Southend United and Doncaster Rovers. Fleetwood supporter Ell Stirzaker predicts a more optimistic campaign:

“After Joey Barton took the managerial role at Fleetwood, first game of the season I saw Fleetwood as a very different team to our past years. From the start of this season, I’ve predicted a comfortable mid table position but we did slightly touch on the playoffs.”

The fight against the drop

Gillingham, Rochdale, Oxford United and last season’s play-off finalist Shrewsbury should make up the bottom four. After avoiding relegation on the last day last term, thanks to a fairy-tale goal from Joe Thompson on his return from a second battle from cancer, Rochdale look set to fall short this time out.

 

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