Bournemouth came from no-where last year and it could happen again. There are 10 teams capable of winning the league and 15 capable of playoffs. I think Bristol City may surprise a few but champions? To much of a stretch.Ipswich Brentford and Blackburn wont do as well. The surprise teams could be Forest or Bolton. Both due a decent season but maybe lacking squad depth. Preston could do ok. So my other , sticking my neck out will be Forest with QPR as runners up
Notlob and Blackburn look very vulnerable. If Blackburn have to flog Rhodes just to get out of the embargo they are potentially in a world of hurt. I also think precisely nothing good about the Bristol City squad.
City have a decent first XI. Ayling, Flint, Williams, Bryan, Smith and Freeman are all good players and should be fine at this level. Their new £2m striker is a gamble but they desperately needed another forward.
They've somehow managed to put together a weaker squad than the one they were promoted with though, which is quite an achievement.
As it stands they have 16 players in their first team squad, one of whom is crocked (Agard), two who have no chance at this level (El-Abd and Wagstaffe) and then a couple of youngsters who've spent most of their career on loan in League Two.
The natives are starting to get very restless down here.
Judging by how good they were last season (though the latter tailed off due to appalling management by Wally) and the quality of signings made this summer, I would go for one of Boro or Derby. I will say Derby as they were excellent for the bulk of last season and looked certainties for automatic which makes their eventual 8th place finishing all the more surprising