Blue Square Premier League Preview

by Stephen Fallows

Football is back, starting with the Blue Square Bet Premier, and with another exciting nine months ahead, there are plenty of twist and turns to come in 2012/13.

After both teams missed out on promotion last year despite reaching the play offs, It is no surprise that both Luton Town (2.25/1 fav*) and Wrexham (4/1*)  are heavily favoured to return to League football. With no Crawley or Fleetwood to flex their financial muscles as in previous seasons, it is difficult to see past these two teams, with both Mansfield Town (3.25/1*) and Grimsby Town (4/1*) in with a shout of the play off thanks to some shrewd signings.

Once again, the Blue Square Bet Premier is a league which outside the top and bottom couple of teams, can be a nightmare to predict and a good run at the right time can push a team well up the table. Forest Green (5/1*) and Kidderminster Harriers (15/2*) both could be expected to push for a play off place, with Cambridge United (15/2*), Hereford United (9/1*), and Macclesfield Town (13/1*) all in with a outside chance of a run at promotion.  Stockport County’s (13/1*) fine end of season run last year ensured they stayed clear of relegation and they are expected to provide a much bigger challenge this year, maybe even at a push, be looking at a top five place, along with last years fellow strugglers Newport County (19/1*).

Much like the expected top half of the table, the spots at the other end of the table are also closely fought and interchangeable. A good run can move you well up the table as Barrow (2.5/1**) showed last year, after battling relegation throughout the season, a fine few games late in the season meant a mid table finish for the Bluebirds, and one which the bookies don’t necessarily think they will achieve again. The big favourites for the drop appear to be newly promoted Hyde United (1.5/1**) closely followed by AFC Telford (1.73/1**), Dartford (1.8/1**) and Nuneaton Borough (1.83/1**), which means that it is expected that the new boys at this level will struggle to cope.

Jon Shaw (9/1) is favourite to lead the goalscorers at the end of season, a good price for someone who has proven himself time and time again at this level. Liam Hearn (11/1) and Stuart Fleetwood (17/1) are also well priced after good seasons last year, but keep an eye out for former Blackpool striker Brett Ormerod (19/1). A player who has proved his talent at every level in the game, could prove to be an excellent move for Wrexham, even at 35, could he be the player to lead Wrexham back into the league.

*      odds to be promoted

*  *   odds to be relegated

All odds come from Blue Square, sponsors of the BSBP as well as the North and South feeder leagues

Author Info

Stephen Fallows

Stephen Fallows

Barrow AFC fan, long since joined the ranks of the disenchanted after becoming disillusioned with the Premier League juggernaut, although keeping a keen eye on all things football and like every football fan, has an opinion on whats going on.

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