Friday, August 6, 2010

With all the friendlies and early Cup games out of the way, we can now finally start to turn our attention to the real meat of the season. The League campaigns kick off in all four Scottish divisions tomorrow and it's important to many teams to get off to a good start, East Fife amongst them after last week's bad defeat to Raith in the League Cup.

East Fife entertain Clydebank at Bayview to kick off their league season, but how do we think they'll fare and how do we see the whole Second Division panning out?

Undeterred by the miserable failure of last season's predictions we're going to have another go!

The only league position we got right last season was Stenhousemuir in 8th. Hell, we didn't even guess any of the promotion, playoff or relegation teams correctly! This year will be different though. Mark my words!!!

This season I see it as a two horse race between BRECHIN CITY and newly promoted club killers and financial blunderballs LIVINGSTON. Most seem to be going for Livi to do back to back Championships, but I really don't see them getting it all their own way this year and am going for the Glebe Parkers to do the business if they can keep their best players healthy.

Newly relegated AYR UNITED should push both team hard for a spell, but I can see them falling off a little as the season nears an end, finishing in third spot, with PETERHEAD, a Jekyll and Hyde team if ever there was one, securing that final playoff spot. On their day they can be the best in the League. They just can't seem to keep that going in sustained bursts.

My heart tells me to back EAST FIFE to finish in at least a playoff spot. My ten quid each way bet at the bookies also seems to indicate this feeling. Going with my head though, I feel our defence is our weak spot by a long way and that we also don't have the strength in depth to keep a challenge going for the whole season.

For those reasons, I see us finishing 5th but having a much better playing style and record than last season.

Who knows what CLYDEBANK side we'll see this season. I don't think even they know what lies ahead. They're used to the promotion and relegation dramas but I think they'll sit out on all that this time round. They'll be close to us but will finish just shy of our points and just above ALLOA ATHLETIC, who I think punched above their weight last year and will be found out this time around.

DUMBARTON are going to have one of those hellish seasons where they'll never be that close to being dragged into a relegation battle but won't be anywhere near doing anything else either. STENHOUSEMUIR will continue their form from last year, but they should do just enough to see of promotion play-off winners FORFAR ATHLETIC.

So here's the official AFTN final table prediction for 2010/11:

(1) Brechin City
(2) Livingston
(3) Ayr United
(4) Peterhead
(5) East Fife
(6) Airdrie United
(7) Alloa Athletic
(8) Dumbarton
(9) Stenhousemuir
(10) Forfar Athletic

Think that's bollocks? Then leave your own predictions in the comments below or in the thread on the AFTN FORUM.

I hope I'm wrong about the Fife if nothing else and will be collecting some winnings from the bookies come next May.


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