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2007 EL Season Preview
Lakeside@ Arena Essex
New owners and a couple of new signings, lack
top end strength but a much better looking team than last year. Will be very
difficult to beat around the tricky Arena circuit, should have a good year,
super progress from one of my joke teams last year.
Just outside the play-offs
A major problem to replace World Champion Jason
Crump and they have failed really. Loosing Bjerre to Peterborough was also a
blow. Through no real fault of their own will be a joke team this year. Donít
think that they will pick up a point away from Kirky Lane, and will struggle
they unless they strengthen. Bottom of the League.
No change from last year, to be successful they
need Allen, Schlien, Harris Risager and Smolinski to improve, whilst Janniro
and Nicholls maintain last years form and they could be very good, Play-offs
An interesting mix of youth and experience.
A lot will depend on Bridgers improvement and Norris returning to his 2005 form.
Will again be difficult to beat at Arlington, Iíll go for mid table.
Trying to pick up another foreign success this
year after the super start to his witches career for Miskowiak. Mid table at
best as Louis and Loram begin to slide.
Look a solid side this year, reserves look to me
to be the best in the league. Much will depend on how Ales Dryml returns,
following last years horrific crash at Sandy Lane. Mid to lower table for me.
Defending Champions, who will put up a good defence, I like the look of Richard
Hall and he should continue to improve, Andersen is an out an out number one,
however NKI tends to disappoint me when I see him. Bjerre needs a good season
following his move Ďhomeí. Play-offs
All change at Wimbourne Road after last years
pathetic efforts. Have sacked the seemingly ever absent (if entertaining)
Lindback, and have only retained Bjarne Pedersen and veteran Craig Boyce from
last years disappointing squad.
Have by far the strongest top 2 in the league, but I cant see the back up boys
doing enough, the Darkin signing is interesting but he may be absent more than
Antonio was last year! Mid to top table.
Should have won the league last year but didnít.
Much will depend on the improvement of Zagar, Simota, and Kolodziej, and how
Bird adapts to the Elite League. Play-offs
My favorites for the title, super run last year
after the first 10 matches, have strengthened and surely Lee Richardson cannot
get a sub 7 average again?
Gjedde remains suspect for me when the real pressure is on, but this is by some
distance the best Top 5 in the league. Champions.
Another competitive team has been put together at
Interesting signing of Pjiper but the weak links will be Magnus Karlsson, and
the second reserve, who will be either Lawson or Wilkinson. Mid to top table.
So Iíve got Peterborough, Swindon, Reading and Coventry in the
Play-offs with Belle Vue and Ipswich at the bottom the rest are in mid table.
Its quiet surprising that last years play-off competitors seem to be the best 4
again this year and the law of averages would say that that wont happen, however
thatís what Iíll go for in this preview.
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