EFL League One Predictions 20/21 — did i cheat and still feck it up?

I waited until November to predict the EFL tables this season. I thought it would give me a better chance to analyse play and submit a more accurate opinion instead of just basing it on who’s purchased who and who looks like they want it a bit.

So I cheated.

When I didn’t cheat, I posted a score of -86. (Last season, here), so if I do even a little bit better, it will display that I do know what I’m talking about when it comes to the beautiful game. Higher bar this time, mind.

Here’s where I had them finishing in November. And here’s what I said about ‘em.

1. Ipswich Town
2. Peterborough United
3. Charlton Athletic
4. Fleetwood Town
5. Hull City
6. Sunderland
7. Portsmouth
8. Doncaster Rovers
9. Lincoln City
10. Oxford United
11. Plymouth Argyle
12. Gillingham
13. AFC Wimbledon
14. Blackpool
15. Crewe Alexandra
16. MK Dons
17. Accrington Stanley
18. Bristol Rovers
19. Northampton Town
20. Rochdale
21. Wigan Athletic
22. Burton Albion
23. Shrewsbury Town
24. Swindon Town

And here’s where they actually finished.

1. Hull City
2. Peterborough United
3. Blackpool
4. Sunderland
5. Lincoln City
6. Oxford United
7. Charlton Athletic
8. Portsmouth
9. Ipswich Town
10. Gillingham
11. Accrington Stanley
12. Crewe Alexandra
13. MK Dons
14. Doncaster Rovers
15. Fleetwood Town
16. Burton Albion
17. Shrewsbury Town
18. Plymouth Argyle
19. Wimbledon
20. Wigan Athletic
21. Rochdale
22. Northampton Town
23. Swindon Town
24. Bristol Rovers

And now let’s calculate a score.

The aim is to get as close to 0 as possible, starting from 0, with any difference in positions coming off my score.
For example, my beginning score is 0, I had Bristol Rovers finishing 18th, they finished 24th, so that’s minus 6 off my score.

So, do cheaters prosper? Let’s have a gander.

STANLEY

Score: -6

WIMBLEDON

Score: -6

BLACKPOOL

Score: -11

BRISTOL ROVERS

Score: -6

BURTON

Score: -6

CHARLTON

Score: -4

CREWE

Score: -3

DONCASTER

Score: -6

FLEETWOOD

Score: -11

GILLINGHAM

Score: -2

HULL

Score: -4

IPSWICH

Score: -8

LINCOLN

Score: -4

MK DONS

Score: -3

NORTHAMPTON

Score: -3

OXFORD

Score: -4

PETERBOROUGH

Score: 0

PLYMOUTH

Score: -7

PORTSMOUTH

Score: -1

ROCHDALE

Score: -1

SHREWSBURY

Score: -6

SUNDERLAND

Score: -2

SWINDON

Score: -1

WIGAN

Another case where I’m more than happy to be wrong.

Score: -1

— —

-86 was pretty good.
As I went through my results this year, I do not think I’ve got close.
This could be bad.

But you know what wasn’t bad? This League One season. Packed to the brim with thrills and chills, drops and flops, goals and goals, and I am so happy that we get to do it all again next season.

We say ‘in a bit’ to Rochdale, Northampton, Swindon, and Bristol Rovers as they jet off for what they’ll hope is a short stop-over in League Two, as well as Hull, Peterborough and one other side, who’ll be moving up to the might second division.
Of course we know most of their replacements, as we welcome back Wycombe, Rotherham, and Bolton after one season. Sheffield Wednesday, Cheltenham, Cambridge… It’s been a bit longer. One of Tranmere, Morecambe, Forest Green, and Newport will tag along as well.

But how did I do this season?

My score was…

-106

MY BIGGEST WINNERS — Peterborough United — 0, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Swindon Town, Wigan Athletic — -1
MY BIGGEST LOSERS — Fleetwood Town, Blackpool — -11, Ipswich Town — -8

Maybe next season, eh? I hope so. I’ll see you there.

Keep it streets ahead,

C.L.R.

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