For some time I have been arguing that a mid-table finish is a realistic and achievable target for Charlton this season. In its pre-season preview, 4-4-2 forecasts a finish in 11th place. They say, 'The Addicks have developed a losing culture, which takes time to change. Consolidation is the name of the game.'
On Phil Parkinson, they say that 'he was on a hiding to nothing last season, but still showed signs of progress. He knows the division well and should be given time to turn things around.'
Jonjo Shelvey is named as the player who could make the difference. 'A season at this level, away from the spotlight, could provide the ideal platform for him.' Let's hope so.
The Spanners are forecast to finish 5th and enjoy yet another 'big day out' as thousands discover they are really Millwall fans. Leeds are forecast to get out of League 1 as champions with Southend in the other automatic spot. Brentford are forecast to finish 3rd.