Leicester City 09/10 Opponents - Part 3

I am now moving on to the third feature of Leicester City opponents in the 09/10 season. I have already looked at eight teams which will play in this season’s Championship, and now we will look at another four. They include Ipswich, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest.

Ipswich - Ipswich Town could well have a very strong season in the Championship under Roy Keane, as they try and look for promotion back to the Premier League. It will be a tough task with the likes of West Brom and Newcastle in the League, however Ipswich are capable of being in the mix for a play-off place. The Tractor Boys have already signed Damien Delaney from Qpr and Lee Martin from Manchester United. Ipswich have very good attacking player’s which will help them over the upcoming season. Jon Walters, Jon Stead and Pablo Counago could all be important for the 09/10 season with Ipswich. With Roy Keane in charge Ipswich could have a very good season.

Middlesbrough - After the heartache of last season, Boro find themselves back in the Championship after about a ten year absence. However Middlesbrough should be able to get promoted back to the Premiership at the first attempt. They have a very big squad with a mix of experience and youngsters. On the other hand Middlesbrough and there fans expect a lot of player’s to leave in the next month, they could well include, Gary O’Neil, Mido, Afonso Alves and Tuncay. Middlesbrough has also brought in two players from League 1. Danny Coyne has been signed up from Tranmere and Mark Yeates also is a new recruit after being signed from Colchester. As I have mentioned already, Middlesbrough have quite a few youngsters in the squad and that could help them. Matthew Bates, Adam Johnson, Rhys Williams and Jonathan Grounds could all be useful this season. I think Boro will be up there this season; however they could well have to go through the pain of the play-offs.

Newcastle - One of the most well known clubs in the Premier League suffered the taste of relegation last season. That’s right, Newcastle United were relegated to the Championship after a 16 year status in the Premier League. The Magpies are one of the favourites to win the Championship in 09/10 and so they should be. On the other hand it might not be as easy as Newcastle fans think. They could do the same fate as Leeds United and eventually fall down to League 1, or they could bounce straight back to the Premier League in a click of a finger. Many players will leave St James Park in the next month. Michael Owen has already left to go to Manchester United. Also the likes of Obafemi Martins, Sebastein Bassong, Steven Taylor and Kevin Nolan could all leave Newcastle this month. However they will hopefully keep the majority of there player’s for the upcoming season. Damien Duff has already said he is staying and many more could do the same. The likes of Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll could both have big impacts on Newcastle’s season.  It’s going to be hard for Newcastle this season, but a team like them should be able to bounce straight back up by automatic promotion.

Nottingham Forest - The last of the featured teams is Leicester City’s rivals Nottingham Forest. It could well be a tough season for Forest and they could well have to fight to stay in this division for a second season running. However they have already brought in some useful recruits. Lee Camp, Paul Anderson and Chris Gunter have all been signed on permanent deals after loan spells with the club. Notts Forest have also signed Dele Adebola and David McGoldrick to bolster there attack. The Reds have got a number of forwards to choose from this season including, Robert Earnshaw, Nathan Tyson and Joe Garner. Forest has got a very good squad on all parts of the field. Luke Chambers and Julian Bennett in defence could be very useful, so could Midfielders, James Perch, Lewis McGugan and Chris Cohen. Forest has to bond well as a team if they want to be successful in this division in 09/10.


Part 4 coming soon

One Response to “Leicester City 09/10 Opponents - Part 3”

  1. dave Says:

    Most interesting of the three previews so far, with Boro & Newcastle in this one. Can see them both collapsing this season, wouldn’t be surpised if one of them were in League One, come this time next year

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