Blades Mad predictions (Part 1)

Last updated : 06 August 2008 By Jamie Furniss

Below we will try our best to assist you with our prediction on where which team will finish and how they will fair in the rock and tumble of the English 2nd tier.

Barnsley will be looking to improve on their 18th place finish from the last campaign. But the question is if you ask a Tyke supporter if they would like a repeat of last season what would their answers be.

I would imagine that many would say yes with the most unbelievable FA Cup run and I'm sure they would like another trip to Wembley. But their league form last season was a worry and Simon Davey's side will try their best to improve on that.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 14th

Birmingham City:
The Blues are in the same boat as the Blades were last season. Relegated from the top flight and have pressure on resurrecting their Premier League status. Birmingham should be right up their staking their claim for at least a play-off place, hopefully with United.

The arrival of Kevin Phillips will have boosted their team with McFadden and the experienced Lee Carsley also in the squad.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 2nd

Simon Grayson's men struggled last season just as expected. But saying that they did pull off a few surprising results which they will have been proud of. Some new additions will have gave them a bigger opportunity than last season to finish higher than their respective 18th place.

Former Blades star Steve Kabba is amongst the new signings for the Tangerines. But Blades Mad predicts another disappointing season on the agenda.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 23rd

Bristol City:
Undoubtly the dark horses of last season. An unbelievable season occurred and many Robin fans were surprised with the progression of City. With the signings of Michael Misfud and Nicky Maynard Bristol could have yet another claim for promotion.

Gary Johnson's outfit were unlucky to lose in the play-off final at Wembley against Hull City. Supporters were expecting for a relegation scrap not a promotion worth millions of pounds. Blades Mad believe that another impressive season is on the agenda.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 6th

Chris Eagles was a surprise signing for the Clarets but he joins a squad believing that a good season could be on the cards. Owen Coyle's men didn't show any real consistency. For example at the end of last season they showed great strides and were outside contenders for a play-off place but didn't quite make it. Before the great stride at the close of the season they were disappointing.

Another arrival may have gave the Clarets some fire power up front with Martin Paterson joining the Turf Moor club from Scunthorpe. Blades Mad say another mid-table finish is on the cards.

Blades mad predicted finish: 11th

Cardiff City:
The departure of Aaron Ramsey to Arsenal hasn't weakened the Cardiff midfield in any ways really. With the likes of Parry, Ledley, McPhail and Whittingham on the Bluebirds books theirs no need to worry which I'm sure the Cardiff fans aren't. If you asked all the Championship and many Premiership teams if they'd like any of those in their squad they would bite your hand off.

And I'm sure they won't mind another two trips to Wembley and being on the brink of entering Europe's big stage. The Welsh outfit will be looking to make a stake for a play-off place and Blades Mad believe that they can get at least close.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 7th

The Addicks were one of the favourites to go back up last season and just like the Blades, they failed to even make it to the play-offs. Mark Hudson has given the back-line much help as the former Palace defender showed he can cut it in the Championship last season with some impressive performances.

Blades Mad do predict that if they can be consistent enough then they can stride their way into the play-offs. It is hard to judge the London outfit.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 8th

Coventry City:
Chris Coleman's outfit survived by the skin of their teeth last season. They were disappointing but as with many Championship teams, their new arrivals could improve their chances on recording a higher place finish. The sale of Michael Misfud has put a dint into the Sky Blues.

Keiren Westwood who impressed with Carlisle last season has been given the goalkeeping honours could prevent many goals going past the defence of the Sky Blues. But Blades Mad say that Coventry will have to be put through another relegation dog fight.

Blades Mad predicted finish: 20th

* Parts 2 & 3 will follow tomorrow and Friday.