It's nearly that time again and I've laid my bet for the new season at the bookies. I'm really uncertain hows things will pan out this season. i've seen only the one game at the Reds so its hard to judge. The Bookies are rarely far wide of the mark and the odds on promotion this year are way shorter than last year. I got 33-1 for the title last year and this year its around 16-1. That seems strange as I don't think this years squad is as strong as last years and the lack of any real experience is a worry. There's a lot of promise in the younger players but there seems to be a lack of a leader on the pitch for me. I think we will struggle upfront, losing Zanzala whilst not disastrous will still be a miss and we look a bit lightweight up front. I was surprised Toure was offered a contract and maybe playing him down the middle may be more fruitful. Defensively I think we have 2 very good full backs in Tanner and Armer, Hayden is still improving and Feeney looks good if he can stay injury free. I'm relatively happy with the midfield so I think we need to strengthen up front and wide. Hopefully a couple of good loanees will come in to bolster the squad. So not as confident as last year so far... but some good loanees may just bolster things going forward. I've had a cheeky £10 at 11/2 on a top 3 finish.... here's hoping..