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The Three Invincible’s

With the new football season in full swing, the tables are beginning to take shape.

The 92 teams are experiencing the highs and lows of English football; from the thrill of winning to the shared spoils of a draw and to the heartache of defeat.

However, three teams have only experienced the thrill of winning and the shared spoils of a draw so far this season as Liverpool (Premier League), Ipswich Town and Coventry City (both League One) still remain unbeaten.

Liverpool

Liverpool started off the campaign with a load of confidence after comfortable wins against Norwich City, Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle United. With the formidable trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino in their usual form.

Two of the dynamic trio (Firmino, left and Mané, right)

The question is; will Liverpool remain unbeaten this season? The simple answer is, no.

Since the poor display in their 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat to Napoli, Liverpool have scrapped wins against Chelsea, MK Dons (in the League Cup), Sheffield United and Red Bull Salzburg (in the Champions League).

It seems like Liverpool have been worked out by teams and thanks to Adrian in goal they have managed to keep an unbeaten record this season, but the signs are showing that a league defeat is on the horizon.

Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town are another team unbeaten this season and are enjoying themselves at the top of League One.

With goals coming in thick and fast from star signing, James Norwood, the Tractor Boys look to dominate League One this season.

James Norwood enjoying his first season at Ipswich

With Paul Lambert’s side facing third place, Fleetwood Town, it could put an end to a terrific unbeaten start to the campaign; but that won’t distract them staying at the top of the table for the majority of the season.

Coventry City

This is the second best start to a season Coventry City have had in their history and are just five games away from the record which was set in 1937.

Under their manager, Mark Robins, the Sky Blues look like a force to be reckoned with.

Mark Robins has put the faith back into the Coventry faithful

Their temporary home, St Andrews is becoming a fortress and already having 11 different scorers in the league so far, City are definitely the team to beat.

The Sky Blues face a tough task away to Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon, if they lose then it would be an end to a brilliant start to the campaign, with all the ongoing issues off the pitch, the players have stayed focussed and now look like real favourites to go up this season.

How is the League One table looking so far

As we approach week eight of the League One season, there have been a few surprises up and down the table.

Flying high

Wycombe Wanderers have been the surprise package under Gareth Ainsworth this season, as the Chairboys sit top of the table, unbeaten this season.

Defender, Joe Jacobson has been the stand out performance so far as he has managed to grab four goals already this season.

Second place, Coventry City are level on points with the Chairboys, but sit behind them through goal difference.

Another side unbeaten this season, Mark Robins’ men have been producing eye watering football at their temporary home, St Andrew’s.

Coventry City’s temporary home, St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Ipswich Town are currently sitting in third place, a point behind the top two, but with a game in hand.

New signing, James Norwood has looked like signing of the summer in League One so far this season, as he currently has five goals in six games for the Tractor Boys, who will be fighting for promotion under Paul Lambert this season.

Facing the drop

However, Portsmouth, a team who looked to be fighting for promotion, is struggling in 18th place with only one win this season. No one would’ve predicted this start from Kenny Jacket’s side.

Kenny Jackett is feeling the pressure at Pompey

Another side struggling is Southend who are second from bottom, losing six out of six.

The Shrimpers have only scored four goals this season and conceded 17, which is the joint most amount. The Seasiders have a lot to do if they want to stay in League One this season.

Bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers currently have -11 points, but with a new owner and an addition of 10 new signings, the Trotters will be hoping to pick up more points to try and get out of the relegation zone.

Coventry City season previewing

The Sky Blues are heading into their second season in League One, after a successful return last year.

Mark Robins has brought in 10 new players, hoping that they can add fuel to the already lit fire, as Coventry look to reach the play-offs this season.

Robins has also sold 11 players and has loaned out three youngsters; Robins has had a big revamp with the squad and looks to have a master plan coming together nicely.

The gaffer will be looking at key players to step up this year and to guide the side into the players.

Skipper, Liam Kelly had a brilliant season last year and will be hopeful to continue that run of form this year alongside, Jamie Allen, who was signed for an undisclosed fee of league rivals, Burton Albion.

New goalkeeper, Marko Marosi, will also be a key player for the Sky Blues this year, as the Doncaster favourite last year turned down a contract to join up with Robins, the Slovakian will hope to impress the Sky Blue Army.

Veteran defender, Kyle McFadzean is the ideal replacement for Jordan Willis, who left for Sunderland this summer, with McFadzean’s experience and strong approach, he is a great addition to the squad.

New French winger, Wesley Jobello, who has caught the eye of fans during pre-season, will be a vital member of the squad, with his skill, pace and strength.

Fans favourite, Max Biamou, who has returned from a serious injury, is hoping to have a successful one and replicate his 2017/18 season.

There will be a few clubs looking to rival the Sky Blues this season for play-offs and promotion.

Here is a preview of the big hitters for this season.

One of the main contenders for promotion is Sunderland, who have already signed three former Coventry players this season; Lee Burge, Jordan Willis and Marc McNulty; as well as making other key signings, Sunderland look likely to gain promotion this season, after missing out last year in the play-off final, losing to Charlton. Prediction: 1st

Another rival for promotion is newly relegated, Ipswich Town, who have signed highly rated striker, James Norwood from Tranmere Rovers, the Tractor Boys don’t look like they will be short of goals with Freddie Sears also adding to the fire power. Prediction: 2nd

Peterborough United will also be aiming for a top two finish this season under Darren Ferguson, after finishing just outside the play-offs last season. Ferguson has brought in experienced players that’ll be key for Posh this year; with the likes of Mark Beevers, Mo Eisa, Christy Pym and George Boyd, who has rejoined as a club legend, the manager has made his intentions clear for promotion this season. Prediction: 3rd

Another contender to go up this season is Rotherham United, after a poor season in the Championship, Paul Warne and his Millers will look to make amends, a reshaped Rotherham side could give them the confidence to get straight back up to the Championship at the first time of asking. Prediction: 4th

Portsmouth are a club who are looking for an automatic spot this season, a team who beat the Sky Blues twice last year, have added to their already strong squad; by bringing in play-off contenders, Doncaster Rovers star striker, John Marquis. Pompey will be a real threat against Coventry and the teams up and around them this season. Prediction: 5th

Doncaster Rovers look to be the Sky Blues closest rivals for that final play-off spot, With the loss of their star goalkeeper, Marko Marosi to Coventry and striker Marquis to Portsmouth, Donny have struggled this summer but with the addition of Reece James from Sunderland and Madger Gomes from Deportivo Alaves, Rovers will still be hot on Coventry’s tail for that last play-off sport. Prediction: 7th

What went wrong at Ipswich Town? Preparing for life in League One

For a younger fan it may come as a surprise to be told that Ipswich Town were once one of English football’s top teams. The club consistently were in the top division since 1961 with the exception of small stints in the second division and boast a Division One championship (1962), a FA Cup (1978) and a UEFA Cup (1981) making them one of the Championship ‘bigboys’ alongside the likes of Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. Following their relegation from the Premier League in 2002, Ipswich have spent the past 16 seasons stuck in the Championship with little success where making the League Cup semi-final in 2011 and the play-offs twice in 2005 and 2015 were the only highs. But after a long 16 years Ipswich Town look nailed on to finally leave the second division of English football, but against the fans and clubs hopes it’s a downwards transition for the Tractor Boys. This will be the first time Ipswich have dropped into the third tier of English football since 1957.

With a mere 12 games to go Ipswich sit rock bottom of the Championship, 12 points adrift from safety. Even dreamers would find it difficult to argue a case that Ipswich have a chance of staying up and the bookmakers agree, offering odds of 100/1 for the Tractor Boys to survive the drop. If the club were to pull it off it would certainly be one of the most remarkable survival stories.

What went wrong at Ipswich Town?

A huge problem for Ipswich has been transfers and the inability to replace key players who have left the club. Players such as Daryl Murphy, Tom Lawrence, Tyrone Mings, David McGoldrick, Martyn Waghorn and Aaron Cresswell have all been crucial players for the Tractor Boys in recent years who have all departed the club. According to The East Anglian Daily Times the club is in £95m debt owed to club owner Marcus Evans creating difficulties tosign players.

Since taking over in November 2011, Mick McCarthy worked on a shoestring budget and built a team that finished in the top ten between 2013-2016, a great achievement considering the scarce resources. But after two stagnant seasons, falling attendances and fan frustration both parties agreed to not renew McCarthy’s contract in 2018. A decision that many felt was long overdue.

At the start of the current season Paul Hurst was the man to lead the Suffolk club away from the McCarthy era. But the departures of MartynWaghorn, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick in the summer of 2018 made this a daunting task for the young manager. After a tough pre-season and no wins in the first 14 games the McCarthy era didn’t seem so bad after all and on the 25thOctober Hurst was sacked by Ipswich, leaving the team 4 points adrift.

Paul Lambert was the next successor and the current manager of Ipswich, he has previously led a flurry of Championship clubs such as Norwich City and Aston Villa. But Lambert hasn’t been able to help the problem as Ipswich have slumped lower into the relegation zone.

The future of Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town’s relegation reality is now being accepted around the club and they are now preparing for League One football. Paul Lambert is ambitious about moving forward and has said openly to the press that the “club needs a cleanse”. He speaks of a long term vision which involves the academy and sacrificing the transfer budget in order for cheap ticket prices, a move to get the Ipswich fans back onside and through the gates. The use of young talent will be a solution to the transfer problem at Ipswich and it will significantly reduce player wages if they are able to offload some senior players.

The rebuilding of Ipswich Town seems very long overdue and League One may be the perfect place to start.

Are you excited Ipswich fans for the upcoming season?

Ipswich continue to battle survival tomorrow (9th March) at 3pm against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

More Worries for the Wanderers?

Bolton Wanderers were forced to close their training ground as of Monday due to financial worries continuing to mount over the club.

This Monday, it was announced that the Championship side would have to close their training ground due to food shortages. According to sources, training ground staff were told not to report for duty due to ‘Food And Water shortages’.

However, this isn’t the only worry for the Wanderers. They
currently face a winding-up petition from HMRC, the players and staff haven’t been paid their February wages, and the club are also in negotiations with the Greater Manchester Police regarding money owed over the policing of matches.

The wage issues at the club seemed to have had a negative impact on the players. Bolton have won a mere 6 games so far this season, with some of the players even refusing to play before the season started due to no payments from the Greater Manchester side.

The Wanderers are currently situated in 23rd in the Championship, with the threat of relegation looming over the club. Last season they narrowly managed to stay in the Championship thanks to two late goals from club captain, David Wheater, and Aaron Wilbraham.

Will They be able to pull off the great escape again? Bolton face a tough run of fixtures to end the season, including trips to fellow relegation-candidates Millwall and Wigan as well as a vital home clash against East-Anglian side, Ipswich Town.

Will the Wanderers be able to turn their season around and save themselves from relegation back to League One?