Leicester City 09/10 Opponents – Part 4

This is now my fourth feature on Leicester City opponents in the 09/10 season. We now move onto four new teams. This blog will include Peterborough, Plymouth, Preston and QPR.

Peterborough – Peterborough along with Leicester and Scunthorpe are one of three teams to get promoted from League 1 to the Championship this season. This could be a very hard season for Peterborough, as they could well struggle in League 1. However they have a great manager in Darren Ferguson and a decent squad, which could see them at least finish in a mid-table place. On the other hand the Striker’s choice is worrying with only Mackail-Smith and McLean to choose from basically. They do have other Striker’s like Ben Wright, Rene Howe and Scott Rendell. However one or two of them will struggle to find goals in the Championship and two of them might be shipped out on loan. Peterborough has made some good signings already this summer. They have signed Tommy Rowe from Stockport, Diagouraga from Hereford and Krystian Pearce on loan from Birmingham. Overall Peterborough really needs to sign Striker’s if they want to stay in the Coca Cola Championship. If they don’t they could awfully struggle.

Plymouth – Plymouth under Paul Sturrock could also struggle in the Championship again this season. They were one of the favourites for the drop last season and they will defiantly be one of the favourites again in 09/10. They have very good players in there squad but they just have to perform. The permanent signing of Carl Fletcher could be a vital one this season. The signing of Bradley Wright-Phillips could also be vital, as Plymouth will look for goals from him all season. Also the likes of Ashley Barnes and Jamie Mackie are player’s to watch for Plymouth in 09/10. Plymouth needs to up the anti if they want to stay in this division. They have got very good player’s but they need to perform, if they don’t Plymouth will be relegated this season.

 

Preston – Preston had a very good season last year and they hope of more of the same in 09/10. There impressive season could have just been a one off, with the league getting even tougher with the likes of Newcastle and Middlesbrough in it, Preston could finish in a mid-table place. It could prove too hard for Preston this season if they want a play-off place again. On the other hand Alan Irvine is one of the best manager’s in the League and could well manage Preston for yet again another successful season. The likes of Jon Parkin, Ross Wallace, Neil Mellor and Sean St Ledger need to perform well again this season if they want to bring Preston success. It’s going to be a tougher task this season for Preston. However they have got a brilliant squad which could well get them another play-off place in May.

 

QPR – QPR start another season with another manager, as they try to find success at last in the Championship in 09/10. Managers are coming and going at Loftus Road and this time it’s Jim Magilton turn to put things right. With a squad which should do better QPR need to sign more players for the upcoming season if they want to get promoted that is. The Hoops were able to make some very good loan signings last year which helped them a lot in the latter stages of the season. However they have all gone now and QPR need to perform well with the squad they have got. Mikele Leigertwood and Wayne Routledge will be key players in the midfield for QPR this season. Also Striker’s Dexter Blackstock, Patrick Agyemang and Heider Helguson need to find goals this season if they want The Hoops to do well. Overall this could be a very good season or a very disappointing season for QPR. They need to score plenty of goals and defend well if they want to stand a chance for a play-off place in 09/10.

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