Bookies fancy us for play-offs

The comparison site Oddschecker informs us that bookmakers predict that we will be  battling with Wigan and Portsmouth for fourth place this season while Sunderland and Ipswich gain automatic promotion and Sheffield Wednesday finish third.

Average odds for Sunderland and Ipswich are 7/1 with Wednesday at 9/1. Wigan, Portsmouth and CAFC trail at 11/1. Rotherham, Bolton and Lincoln miss out.

Of course, much will depend on transfer activity over the next few weeks and, in particular, on the quality of loan signings.

In case you haven't been following very closely here is a brief summary of our rivals' activity so far:

Ipswich have grabbed plenty of attention with their transfer activity. Charlton fans will be interested to see how Joe Pigott fares as a Town player and what impact QPR loanee Macauley Bonne will have in League One. The impressive Scott Fraser (who scored the Milton Keynes winner at The Valley) will also be at Portman Road alongside George Edmundson (defender from Rangers) and Conor Chaplin (formerly Barnsley)

Sunderland  have said goodbye to last season's League One second-top goal scorer Charlie Wyke (26 goals). In addition, Max Power (5 goals) and Chris Maguire (5 goals) were released. They have signed Northern Irish international midfielder Corry Evans after his release by Blackburn and Alex Pritchard  from Huddersfield who commanded a transfer fee of £8m five years ago when he left Tottenham for Norwich. Aiden McGeady has signed for another year.

Sheffield Wednesday released Jordan Rhodes who subsequently returned to Huddersfield. Last season's top scorer Josh Windass (10 goals) will be out for "a considerable time" with a pre-season hamstring injury. They have signed defenders Jack Hunt (Bristol City) and Jaden Brown (Huddersfield) plus Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Dennis Adeniran has joined from Everton which sounds good but he never played for their first team and was on loan at Wycombe last season.

Wigan is the new home for Charlie Wyke and Max Power who will be teaming up with Stephen Humphrys who the Latics have signed from Rochdale. Humphrys scored that rocket goal in the 4-4 draw at The Valley last season and will now enjoy shooting practice at Ben Amos in training. Jordan Cousins is now also at Wigan, having been released by Stoke.

Portsmouth will be parading midfielder Shaun Williams who has left Millwall after seven and a half seasons. Another former Millwall player - Ryan Tunnicliffe - has joined from Luton. Up front they have invested in Jayden Reid - a youngster from Birmingham and signed Gassan Ahadme on loan from Norwich. Reid suffered a cruciate ligament injury this week in a friendly against Luton. Ahadme who hasn't made any first-team appearances for Norwich, has scored eight goals in four pre-season games for Pompey.


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