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2021/2022 League Two Predictions: 19th-24th
Monday, 2nd Aug 2021 15:30 by AtThePeake

Dean and Chaff have put their heads together to come up with a predicted table for the 2021/2022 League Two campaign, starting today with the teams they've placed to finish in the bottom six.

24th - Barrow

While it was 'job done' for Barrow last season in avoiding relegation, this season may prove to be a tougher test. Mark Cooper is a good hire on paper, but with last season's top scorer Scott Quigley leaving for Stockport County, long-serving goalkeeper Joel Dixon joining Bolton on a free transfer and the experienced Sam Hird retiring, the former Forest Green Rovers boss will be relying on some inexperienced players to be able to make the step up to regular first-team football this year.

23rd - Hartlepool United

Hartlepool have had little time to prepare for life in League Two having not secured promotion from the National League until winning the play-offs on June 20th. Their summer business thus far has not exactly captured the imagination and with top scorer Rhys Oates having opted to move to Mansfield Town, supporters will be worried as to where the goals will come from this term. Their squad looks to be lacking in genuine EFL experience, so it could be a long season at Victoria Park.

22nd - Swindon Town

If Dale fans have every right to think of their club as being something of a basket case over the last few months, what must Swindon Town fans be thinking of their lockdown? Thankfully, Clem Morfuni is now at the helm as owner of the club, but with no fewer than 18 players having left over the summer, along with manager John McGreal before he even took charge of a single game, there is plenty of work to be done to get the team ready for what is sure to be a relegation battle this term. The Robins will hope the feel-good factor surrounding the change in ownership will give them enough momentum to keep their heads above water.

21st - Scunthorpe United

Expect another struggle for Scunthorpe this season. They ended the last campaign in dreadful form, picking up just three points from the last available 30 in the league and to make matters worse, top scorer Abo Eisa has left for Bradford City already this summer alongside first-teamers such as Jacob Bedeau and Kevin van Veen. Neil Cox's first season as a head coach was tough and we don't see enough in their summer business to suggest they'll improve much on last season's 22nd placed finish.

20th - Stevenage

There is more than a hint of the 'Broken Toys' about Stevenage's summer transfer business. After a strong second half last season, the Lamex Stadium faithful will be hoping for more of the same but the likes of Jamie Reid and Jake Reeves are players that have performed well in non-league but have struggled for consistent form when playing in the EFL. If these signings click, then Boro will be looking much higher up the table but if they suffer a slow start, Revell may not be able to guide them to improved form from February onwards this time around.

19th - Crawley Town

As displayed by their stunning FA Cup win over Leeds United last season, Crawley are a team capable of beating any opponent on their day. However, as displayed by a run of just two wins from the last 13 games of the season, they are also capable of a serious downturn in form. The Red Devils are yet to replace Max Watters' goals since his move to Cardiff City in January and their summer business has consisted of signing three unproven youngsters plus midfielder Jack Payne, who has spent the last four years playing in non-league.

Stay tuned for the rest of our 1st-24th predictions over the course of the week.

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