How’s It Gonna End? — EFL League One 21/22

Last year, I cheated. I waited until a few games had been played and then I made my picks.
That clouded me. I thought it was the time of Lambert’s Ipswich and Barton’s Fleetwood. Oh, how wrong I was.

This time, no such errors shall be made. It’s back to wild shots in the dark based off transfer activity, ‘vibe’, and whether it feels like it’s a club’s time to be heading up top.

I’m gonna predict where each 21/22 League One side is gonna end up and then tot up a score based on the difference between that and where they actually finish. For example, if I pick Cheltenham to go straight back down in 24th place but they actually finish 14th, that would net me a score of -10.

Last season saw me get a score of -106, while the 19/20 season saw me achieve -86, so it’s not a great trend. -126 could well be on the cards.

Let’s see how I do this season. Back to double digits, hopefully. Single digits? A man can dream.

Just how is the 21/22 EFL League One season gonna end?

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AFC WIMBLEDON

Prediction: 23rd

ACCRINGTON STANLEY

Prediction: 13th

BOLTON WANDERERS

Prediction: 8th

BURTON ALBION

Prediction: 12th

CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Prediction: 22nd

CHARLTON ATHLETIC

Prediction: 3rd

CHELTENHAM TOWN

Prediction: 21st

CREWE ALEXANDRA

Prediction: 11th

DONCASTER ROVERS

Prediction: 19th

FLEETWOOD TOWN

Prediction: 15th

GILLINGHAM

Prediction: 7th

IPSWICH TOWN

Prediction: 5th

LINCOLN CITY

Prediction: 10th

MK DONS

Prediction: 16th

MORECAMBE

Prediction: 24th

OXFORD UNITED

Prediction: 14th

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE

Prediction: 18th

PORTSMOUTH

Prediction: 9th

ROTHERHAM UNITED

Prediction: 2nd

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Prediction: 1st

SHREWSBURY TOWN

Prediction: 17th

SUNDERLAND

Prediction: 6th

WIGAN ATHLETIC

Prediction: 20th

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

Prediction: 4th

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Alright, let’s have a gander at what I went for.

1. Sheffield Wednesday
2. Rotherham United
3. Charlton Athletic
4. Wycombe Wanderers
5. Ipswich Town
6. Sunderland
7. Gillingham
8. Bolton Wanderers
9. Portsmouth
10. Lincoln City
11. Crewe Alexandra
12. Burton Albion
13. Accrington Stanley
14. Oxford United
15. Fleetwood Town
16. MK Dons
17. Shrewsbury Town
18. Plymouth Argyle
19. Doncaster Rovers
20. Wigan Athletic
21. Cheltenham Town
22. Cambridge United
23. AFC Wimbledon
24. Morecambe

There’s something bugging me about this one… But it’s locked in so I’ll deal with it.

The three relegated sides finishing in the top four? Three of the four promoted sides going straight back down? All seems a bit too cut-and-dry, doesn’t it? Well, it’s a new climate we’re playing in, and right now, it ain’t kind. All we can do is hope we all survive and come through the other side raring to get at it all again.

And that light at the end of the tunnel is growing ever-brighter.

This season can hopefully be a return to a bit of normality, and we can let our passions reign at the grounds of our choosing, from the Stadium of Light to Home Park —bask in the success of your team and console them in defeat, be one with your club, be a literal supporter.

And who knows where you’ll end up?

I can only guess how League One is gonna end.

Is this how it’s gonna end?

Keep it streets ahead,

C.L.R.

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