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Our League Two Predictions 22/23 - Part Four
Friday, 29th Jul 2022 14:04 by Chaff/AtThePeake

Our final 2022/23 League Two predictions are now online with the new season starting this weekend.

*Disclaimer* - This is nothing more than two Dale fans’ opinions based on probably not a great deal. Anyone kicking off with these will be ignored, and probably laughed at.

STEVENAGE

Chaff – 10th

I’ve been impressed (unlike ATP) with Stevenage’s recruitment. Steve Evans may be an odious creature but he’s a good football league manager who knows how to succeed and I think his recruitment has been shrewd. Two players linked heavily with Dale this summer have gone to Stevenage in Oldham’s player of the season Carl Piergianni who is as solid a League Two defender as you can get and also midfielder Dean Campbell from Aberdeen. They also took Max Clark away from us and I think we’d have seen a lot more from him this season had he stayed. Kane Smith from Boreham Wood and Dan Sweeney also look impressive signings.

AtThePeake – 16th

I know plenty have been impressed by Stevenage's recruitment this summer but personally, I'm not. Danny Rose's striking record at Northampton is laughable, Carl Piergianni is a very limited centre-back and Max Clark was average at best during his spell with us last season. Steve Evans is experienced and intelligent enough to keep them away from relegation zone, but too stubborn and old-fashioned to carry them any higher in my opinion.

STOCKPORT COUNTY

Chaff – 5th

Many people think Stockport will walk the league and with the amount of money they now have, they really should. God knows what some of the wages are in that squad but they’ve added the likes of Kyle Wooton who bagged plenty for Notts County last season, Fraser Horsfall from Northampton and Callum Camps from Fleetwood and we know all too well how good he can be. That’s in additions to the likes of Paddy Madden, Scott Quigley and Anthony Sarcevic. So why won’t they win the league? It’s a big jump from the top of the National League to the top of League Two and, well I really don’t want them to!

AtThePeake – 1st (Champions)

I know I'm not exactly pulling up any trees by predicting a Stockport title win, but the Hatters just look like a club on the up at the moment. With the financial muscle of owner Mark Stott behind them, they've strengthened the spine with Callum Camps, Fraser Horsfall and Kyle Wootton to add to what is already a quality squad including the likes of Paddy Madden and Antoni Sarcevic, who have proven themselves at this level already. Momentum is a big thing in the lower leagues and Stockport seem to have plenty of it right now.

SUTTON UNITED

Chaff – 18th

A good first season for Sutton but I think they will struggle this season. There’s nothing in the squad that makes me think, you know what, they could do well. It’s a bit of a nothing squad for me so suspect they will find it much tougher this season.

AtThePeake – 15th

As I said with Stockport, momentum is a huge thing in the lower leagues, and I do wonder whether Sutton may finally run out of steam this season after a remarkable first campaign in the EFL. Their squad still looks like a non-league squad to me and I'm not sure that the incoming Sam Hart and Luke Gambin change my mind on that, but Matt Gray has done a fine job with that team and they'll be difficult to beat at Gander Green Lane again.

SWINDON TOWN

Chaff – 9th

I think Swindon will do OK this season but won’t quite make it into the playoffs. They’ve had another season of change with the manager heading to Charlton and taking three key players in Mandela Egbo, Jojo Wollacott and Jack Payne and there have been a lot of incomings too, some of which do look decent but it’s a season of big change which isn’t always a good thing.

AtThePeake – 6th

While it's clear that the likes of Dion Conroy and Jack Payne will be missed at Swindon this season, exciting young signings like Ronan Darcy and Saidou Khan point to a project taking place at the County Ground under new boss Scott Lindsey. With players like Harry McKirdy, Jonny Williams and Ben Gladwin they possess perhaps the most creative team in the division and if it clicks, I think the Robins will be one to watch this season.

TRANMERE ROVERS

Chaff – 4th

I like the look of Tranmere this season. I think their recruitment has been really shrewd with the likes of Jon Nolan, Kyle Jameson, Jordan Turnbull and Ethan Bristow coming in and I don’t think they’ve lost anyone key other than Peter Clarke and maybe Jay Spearing, but both are ageing and won’t go on forever. Actually, Clarke could. I think they’re gonna have a good season.

AtThePeake – 5th

Some managers seem to fit with certain clubs and one such pairing seems to be Micky Mellon with Tranmere Rovers. Jon Nolan and Jordan Turnbull are terrific signings at this level and there's plenty of potential in signings like Ethan Bristow and Ross Doohan as well. The Whites struggled for goals early on last season, but Kane Hemmings proved a clever signing in January and is a consistent finisher at this level, so he could push them to a new level over the course of a full season.

WALSALL

Chaff – 11th

Meh, Walsall are a very mid-table club aren’t they. I think they could sign Salah and Mbappe and still be mid-table. They’ve added some really steady players for this level, but they’ve added a lot and similarly to Swindon, it’s a lot of change and may take some time.

AtThePeake – 8th

I feel like this season will be a stepping stone to Walsall for a promotion push to come next year. Owen Evans, Peter Clarke and Joe Riley are fine additions to a squad that already possesses some quality, and boss Mike Flynn knows this league very well from his time at Newport. A little more time may be required to build a real forceful squad at the Bescot Stadium but it's easy to foresee progression for the Saddlers this term.

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