The Football League Paper - - STEVE EVANS -

AT the start of the sea­son, I said New­cas­tle United would be cham­pi­ons and, de­spite a poor start, they are now up and run­ning in the Cham­pi­onship.

Those mag­nif­i­cent fans de­serve noth­ing other than the Premier League – they will be back!

As­ton Villa have also added some real qual­ity play­ers in the last few weeks. It’s cer­tainly go­ing to be top six for them.

Oth­ers, such as Nor­wich City, Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, Derby County and, for me, Ful­ham, will be fight­ing at the top end.

I said on Sky Sports that I ex­pected a big sea­son from Hud­der­s­field Town. The Ter­ri­ers have a great chair­man in Dean Hoyle, a good man­ager in David Wag­ner and some real tal­ented play­ers. They have started bril­liantly.

In League One, I can­not look past a very strong Bolton Wan­der­ers. They have all the in­gre­di­ents, like Hud­der­s­field Town.

The likes of Sh­effield United, MK Dons, Brad­ford City, Scun­thorpe United, Gilling­ham and Charl­ton should all be fight­ing for a place in the Cham­pi­onship.

In League Two, no-one can look at Portsmouth and be­lieve they will not win pro­mo­tion.

Like New­cas­tle, their fans are so pas­sion­ate and de­serve much more. Paul Cook is a good man­ager and can de­liver that, but my tip to be cham­pi­ons is Lu­ton Town.

I’ve watched them and they have lots of qual­ity plus an in­spi­ra­tional cap­tain in Johnny Mullins, who led my Rother­ham team out of League Two. Don­caster Rovers, Ply­mouth Ar­gyle and Ley­ton Ori­ent will, for me, also be in con­tention.

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