Opposing View: Liam Hoden’s League One Preview part three

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IN the final part of my look at League One, I round up those sides who should be set for a pretty steady season.

And finally, I unveil my prediction for the final standings in the division come the end of the season.

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At Brentford, all eyes will be on newcomer Farid El Alagui who arrives from Falkirk having netted 27 goals last season.

Should he fire alongside Clayton Donaldson, the Bees should have no problems sitting in upper mid-table or better.

Crawley Town should tread water comfortably after the shrewd capture of Richie Barker to replace Sean O’Driscoll who left without taking charge of a single game.

Steady League One performers have been added to the promoted side and Barker should add to his burgeoning reputation with resources at his disposal.

Graham Westley looks to finally have some stability at Preston North End after his headline-hitting first few months.

Plenty of those he upset have now gone and he got most of his transfer business done before the end of May but the lack of a 20-goal striker will hit play off hopes.

Stability is the name of the game at Hartlepool United this summer with Neale Cooper’s few changes bringing improvement to the squad.

Veteran striker Steve Howard should provide goals, Jonathan Franks the service and Simon Walton the midfield bite.

Stevenage’s surprise factor has been spoiled after a fantastic season while Boro must also deal with the departure of several key men.

Gary Smith managed to retain the strong work ethic built by Graham Westley but there does not look to be enough there for another push.

Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner has had to deal with the departure of the spine of the team that pushed his side to automatic promotion last season.

But the veteran is a shrewd performer and has made solid signings in the likes of the versatile Paul Parry to ensure consolidation in League One.

Crewe Alexandra have one of the league’s brightest young managers in Steve Davis who will look to enhance his reputation with consolidation after promotion.

With some of the £6m from Nick Powell’s switch to Manchester United available, Crewe should have enough to stay afloat.

Turning draws into wins will have been top of the list of priorities for Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill last season.

The Iron drew 22 games last term, ensuring a campaign of struggle, and Mike Grella has been brought in to add some much needed striking prowess.

Hoden’s League One Forecast

1 Bournemouth

2 Sheffield United

3 MK Dons

4 Carlisle United

5 Swindon Town

6 Colchester United

7 Notts County

8 Coventry City

9 Brentford

10 Doncaster Rovers

11 Crawley Town

12 Preston North End

13 Hartlepool United

14 Stevenage

15 Shrewsbury Town

16 Crewe Alexandra

17 Scunthorpe United

18 Yeovil Town

19 Portsmouth

20 Leyton Orient

21 Bury

22 Oldham Athletic

23 Tranmere Rovers

24 Walsall