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Monday Musings; Kieftenbeld, Michael Barrymore & Predictions

Monday Musings; Kieftenbeld, Michael Barrymore & Predictions

Hello again, welcome to Monday. I have been in Bulgaria so apologies if I seem depressed as the post-holiday blues kick-in.

The season is upon us and it is fair to say it was a pretty lacklustre pre-season. Neither Robert Tesche nor Diego Fabbrini held the Blues scarf aloft after putting pen-to-paper but we were given a Dutch maestro instead.

If Maikel Kieftenbeld can prove his worth, he may be the next Barry Horne. Certainly, the little glimpse I had of him against Leicester offered me hope.

And what about Jon Toral? The Arsenal loanee was nifty when he came on and, with a bit of luck, will leave defenders as on edge as Michael Barrymore`s pool attendant.

Despite the poor goals Blues have been conceding during pre-season, there is still hope that they can show a bit of solidity. After all, a back four which contains the blistering pace of Paul Caddis, Jonathan Grounds, Michael Morrison and Jonathan Spector is sure to be difficult to beat.

All the Bluenoses hoping for a marquee signing in the coming weeks may be left disappointed. Angel Di Maria opted for Paris over Brum and Lionel Messi has spoke of his reluctance to sit on the bench behind Andy Shinnie in the pecking order. I`m sure there may be a youngster from Forest Green Rovers we could bring in to get our hopes up.

In five days time, Blues take on Reading at the Theatre of Dreams in the campaign`s curtain raiser. But do we have a long season ahead, or do we have cause for optimism. My predictions for season ahead are below.

Premier League top four
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City

Premier League bottom three
In no particular order - Bournemouth, Watford, Leicester

Championship
Winners - Derby
Second - QPR
Play Off`s - Middlesbrough, Fulham, Hull, Forest

Birmingham City
Blues will finish 10th
David Cotterill to score more goals than Demarai Gray

My four team accumulator challenge
During the coming season, I will be backing four teams to win EVERY week in an accumulator. The bet will only be placed during a full schedule of fixtures. My team`s are - Southampton, Blues, Doncaster, Notts County.

Of course, feel free to call me a prat. I may be horribly wrong. Don`t be scared to tell me via the comments section on this website. Or Tweet me (below).

Twitter @TheWildeyShow


Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Monday August 3 2015
Time: 10:44AM

Comments

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You really think Derby are going up 1st?
HappyBlueHarry
03/08/2015 10:52:00
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I will be very happy with 10th, but I do think we'll do better. Cotterill and Gray are enough to trouble anyone in this league.
Dominic101
03/08/2015 10:55:00
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Ahh the Messi/Shinnie situation, we had a similar problem getting Drogba when Jerome was here.
Chrisblues
03/08/2015 10:59:00
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Premier League top four Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City Liverpool, Premier League bottom three In no particular order - Villa, Bournemouth, Watford, Championship Winners - Middlesbrough, Second - QPR Play Offs - Derby, Burnley, Hull, Forest Birmingham City Blues will finish 8th Birmingham to finish above Wolves
Wayne Wilson
03/08/2015 15:41:00
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I hope it's Villa Wayne haha! Rob, why do you think Fulham will be so high up?
sask
03/08/2015 16:16:00
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Also, Cotterill is known for scoring more goals than Gray, but I know Gray has this has a target for the future from Rowett so we shall see ;-)
sask
03/08/2015 16:17:00
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Sask, I think Fulham have the squad to do it. Symons has done a great job there and he will be under pressure to get them into the top six. The Cotterill / Gray thing is a bet I have had with the Mrs... Haha
Rob Wildey
04/08/2015 09:12:00
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Interesting! I thought they may have done well last year but plummeted. And haha, well for your sake... I hope she wins!! :)
sask
04/08/2015 18:21:00
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