Football League 2014/15: Garry Birtles makes his predictions for the season
Sky Sports expert says Cardiff will win the Championship and Barnsley will get back in it
By Garry Birtles
Last Updated: 08/08/14 1:31pm
Grab your rattles and don your scarves because the Football League is back!
Seventy-two teams will head into the 2014/15 campaign looking to earn promotion to a higher division – though by next May nine will suffer the ignominy of relegation.
Sky Sports will be there every step of the way, with regular live games and our weekly highlights and analysis programme FL72-Review, as well as ample articles and features on skysports.com and our iPad and mobile apps.
Ahead of the big kick-off, we asked some of our Football League experts for their predictions and Garry Birtles is the final pundit to share his views.
The former Nottingham Forest frontman is backing Cardiff for an immediate return to the Premier League; a Leeds new boy to make an impact; the Yorkshire clubs to thrive in League One; and Lowe to fly high in League Two...
Play-offs: Norwich, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Reading
Relegation: Blackpool, Brentford, Rotherham
Top scorer: Ross McCormack (Fulham)
Player to watch: Nicky Ajose (Leeds)
Young gun: Will Hughes (Derby)
Play-offs: Sheffield United, Leyton Orient, Peterborough, Preston
Relegation: Rochdale, Colchester, Crewe, Gillingham
Top scorer: Michael Higdon (Sheffield United)
Player to watch: Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe)
Young gun: Benik Afobe (MK Dons)
Runner-up: Southend, Tranmere
Play-offs: York, Bury, Luton, Burton
Relegation: AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge
Top scorer: Ryan Lowe (Bury)
Player to watch: Danny Hollands (Portsmouth)
Young gun: Carlton Morris (Oxford)
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