Friday Five- things to look out for this weekend

Friday Five- things to look out for this weekend
Aug 5, 2016

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Friday Five is a new feature that looks at five things for football fans to look out for this weekend. 

  1. Sleeping Giants

For the first time in years, the football league has many illustrious and successful clubs in it. The likes of Newcastle, Aston Villa, Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday grace the Championship. Sheffield United still linger in league 1 along with Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City and Coventry City. Down in League 2, Blackpool reside; having only been a Premier League club 5 years ago. They sit in League 2 with Portsmouth, with a huge fan base for the division they are in. Will any of these giants escape from their league and begin to establish themselves again?

 

 

  1. New Blood.

Burton Albion enter the Championship for the first time in their history. An astonishing achievement given that they were only a Conference side 7 years ago. With Nigel Clough at the helm the whole country will be hoping they can at least have a good attempt at survival.

AFC Wimbledon enter league 1 for the first time since the club was reinvented. Similar to Burton, this is an outstanding achievement for a club that was a Conference side 5 years ago. Their fans will be looking forward to a grudge match against Milton Keyes Dons.

In league 2, Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town return after a short absence away from the Football League.

 

  1. Champions League play off draw.

After Manchester City’s poor performance in the Premier League last season they are left stranded in the play-off draw for the Champions League. Many will expect City to cruise through. The expectation will be huge on Pep Guardiola as he takes his new team into battle. It may not be as simple as many people expect. City could potentially face; Porto, Roma or Villarreal. The draw will be made on Friday 5th August.

 

4. Tranfers

Will there be any big money signings before the Premier League starts? Will Pogba return to Old Trafford? Will John Stones make the decision to leave Everton for Manchester City? Will the reigning and defending champions Leicester City strengthen for the tough season ahead? Is there any chance Arsene Wenger will sign a striker?

 

  1. Scottish Premier League.

The Old Firm derby returns to the Scottish Premier division at last. Rangers make their return and will be expected to challenge Celtic. Celtic, who have already started their season, under their new manager Brendan Rogers will be expected to dominate again. However, it is likely that Aberdeen will attempt to push Celtic again, Hearts will also be there or there abouts. It is likely to be the most competitive Scottish Premier league in recent memory.

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