So how will the season play out for the Championship. There are no real stand out teams this season. Middlesbrough have spent heavily during the summer and Strachan has made some very good signings, that will make Boro a very hard team to outscore.
The teams that have come down from the Premiership are at sixes and sevens. Hull City and Portsmouth are having serious financial difficulties that will probably mean that a mid-table finish for both of them would probably be a great season.
However, I think that unless Pompey can stem the tide of money leaving the club they could end up with more penalties and a second relegation. The Tigers have a core of good young players and a manager that could be the difference between mid-table mediocrity and a playoff berth.
Burnley have not had the same problems but have lost their main goal threat, and their manager has never had much success at any level, so will probably not be as good as the team that won promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs.
The teams that have come up from League One will find the Championship a much tougher challenge than League One. Norwich were well organised and should be fine for the season. Leeds have made major changes but with the loss of Jermaine Beckford their main weapon is not longer there. Millwall as the playoff winners are the team that would ordinarily be talked about as the team to struggle this season, but for huge periods of last season they sat comfortably in the automatic promotion spots, so they should consider this season a season of consolidation and that would be a great success.
2. Nottingham Forest
3. Cardiff City
4. Sheffield United
5. Bristol City (P)
6. Hull City
23. Leeds United
24. Scunthorpe United
So who will win promotion, and who will not survive the most open league in European football? Let me know your opinions.