2019/20 Expectations for Our Yorkshire Clubs
The English football league season is upon once more with plenty of Yorkshire clubs in with a chance of success this year. Eyes will be on the Premier League across the globe, but closer to home we’re mainly focusing on the Championship, League One, and League Two. We’ll get to Sheffield United in a minute though.
Looking at all of the Yorkshire clubs in the football league, you could argue that Leeds United might have the best chance of playing Premier League football in a year’s time. However, it’s all too easy to get ahead of yourselves as recent seasons have proved. Nevertheless, Leeds are in fact favourites with the bookmakers to go up at around 5/1. Is that a good omen? Probably not, but they’ll be there, or thereabouts, that’s for sure. If you are looking to place your outright bets ahead of the new football league season, it’s worth checking out sites like sportsbetting24.com as they preview every UK bookmaker and list all of the free bets and bonuses they have to offer. Why spend your own money if there’s a free bet available? You’re welcome.
Let’s give you a brief rundown of all of the Yorkshire clubs aiming for glory this season and our predictions for each side.
Let’s start with who we’ve already mentioned. Favourites to win the Championship with the bookies but huge pressure on their shoulders. Can they cope? They didn’t last season, and it remains to be seen if they will this campaign. They need a solid start. If they get that, they may be able to get away with an end of season slump this time around. Everyone associated with the club cannot wait for the good times of 1992 to return in the future.
The Terriers had a great couple of years in the Premier League, but their fans have admitted that they’ll enjoy life more in the Championship where they’ll win more games. It’s going to be a hard season, but the parachute payments will help them stay towards the top of the Championship for a year or two as they won’t need to sell their best players.
A disappointing campaign last season in all honesty, but they can banish those memories with a good upcoming season. They need to get off to a good start, and they ideally need to keep Jarred Bowen. New manager Grant McCann might find it a little tough in his first season in charge unless they bring in some top talent.
Steve Bruce is under no illusions how tough this season will be. Especially if he loses Jordan Rhodes before the season begins. If he can assemble a team that play well together and can get off to a flyer then we may see the Owls fighting for a playoff spot come May. A tough ask, though.
It was a disastrous last couple of months for Middlesbrough last season as they struggled for any type of form. Fans began to turn on the players and Tony Pulis, which prompted a move for Boro legend Jonathan Woodgate as their new manager. Can he get them up? They face some stiff competition, there’s no doubt about that.
They’re top of the Championship! Only because no games have yet been played and they sit pretty at the top in alphabetical order. That’s as good as it will probably get for Barnsley as their main aim will be to stay in the division. They need to strengthen a lot if they’re to avoid a long battle at the bottom.
League One Doncaster have been playing some great football in recent seasons, but this year might be seen as a little bit of a transition season after their manager left to take the Hull job. It will probably mean a season of mid-table mediocrity for Rovers this season, which they will probably be ok with.
Will Vaulks has left, but Julian Lamy has arrived. There will be a few more ins and outs before the end of August, but Rotherham are in a good place. If they can start well, many believe they will challenge the likes of Sunderland at the top this season.
Last season was one to forget for Bradford, and they will aim to bounce straight back this season at the first time of asking. They’re a massive club. They don’t belong in League Two. The acquisition of former Everton and Sunderland striker James Vaughan should mean that they’ll rack up the goals next year. As long as they keep it fairly tight at the back, they should go up.
The dream was realised, and the reality has well and truly kicked in now for Chris Wilder and his side. Nobody really expected Sheffield United to be in the Premier League this time last year, but they went above and beyond last season. This upcoming season is all about staying up. Can they do it? They need to spend around £60 plus on new players probably. If that happens, they’ll give it a good go. If they fail to strengthen as much as they need to, then I’m afraid it will be a short stay in the top flight.