Season 6 - Pre-season Review
Strength: 3 times champions already with 2 on the spin currently, can they make it 3 in a row? They still have quality in the likes of Maxim, Adrian, Rodriguez and Logashov and decent support throughout. They should be in contention for the title come the end of the season and will be full of confidence after such a strong start in the GW.
Weakness: Despite defending their title last season they are not as strong going into this campaign as they were last time around. Hampered by forced sales they are on the look out for fresh talent to come through their ranks if they are to maintain there reputation as THE powerhouse of the GW. As for relegation that would simply be unthinkable!
Strength: Star players Belfodil, Kristicic, Pardo, N'Sakala and Murrualong with probably the best depth in squad quality going they have a great chance to get their hands back on the title as well as mount a serious challenge in the Cup this time around. Addressed their striker shortage that they had going into last season and now and are now blessed in that department.
Weakness: Not a lot. They would probably like 1 or 2 more star players to make their task easier but generally have a good spread of players. Perhaps another quality defender would be their most pressing concern should anything happen to the likes of N'Sakala or Murru. Chairman doesn't rate them
Strength: Managed to hang on to their 3 star players of last term and add added another 5 during the course of last season. They may just have the best starting 11 on paper!
Weakness: They still lack squad depth and numbers. With only 34 players in their ranks they run a fine line between success and failure. If anything happens to the starting eleven their season could start to unravel fast.
Strength: Sterling, Praet and Vilhena and Baker are their stand out players with some decent support to call upon.
Weakness: Similar to last season, their first team could do with a bit more quality to make sure they don't have a bad season especially with little to come off the bench should they be needed. Jordi Masip in goal is still a weak link that other teams will look to exploit. Probably won't be a title contender this season and will probably see the season as a success if they avoid the drop.
Strength: No star players. They have a manager who some how manages to get this squad to over achieve season on season.
Weakness: Again one of the weakest squads in the division only goes to show what a great job Matthew Sampson did in keeping them up last term (again). Some how defied the odds and stayed up again, surely they can't keep this magic trick going can they? Heavy Investment will be needed if they are to make progress.
Strength: Morata, Bardi and Tunez with limited support. One of the best cup teams out there having won it twice already and will want to make a push for it again this season after relinquishing their title. They have the depth to do it too!
Weakness: They managed to preserve their Div 1 status last term but but haven't kicked on as much as they might have liked. They have the potential through great squad depth but it might not come quick enough for them this season to save them. Likely to be scrapping for survival.
Liverpool De Montevideo
Strength: Strengthened considerably towards the end of last season which managed to push them through for promotion. They now have 7 star players and some decent support as well which should bode well for the cup. One of the stronger teams around at the moment and should be challenging for the title.
Weakness: Not a great deal of weakness to be found but although they have star players there is still room for improvement. They have won the cup once and the playoffs twice but have failed to make a big impression in the league in any season so far, That needs to change if they are to stay up.
Strength: Had a fantastic season last term winning Div 2 with ease and have kept their star players going into this campaign. Will be full of confidence going into this season especially as teams winning Div 2 have generally faired well the next season even winning Div 1. Also no team winning Div 2 has been relegated the following season so far. All good omens.
Weakness: They could probably do with one or two more star player in their ranks if they are to win the Div 1 title but at the same time shouldn't be visiting the bottom end of the table either. If players go missing they might just surprise a few this season though for all the wrong reasons.
Strength: They have added to Drmic with the likes of Garcia, Livaja, Depay and Ozyakup as their star players and really made progress last season under manager bill pol.
Weakness: Still in need of a bit more casting support from the rest of the squad and have a weakness in the goalkeeping department. They will be hoping this doesn't cost them come the end of the season.
Strength: Star players Fischer and Ricardo plus good support. Manger bruno pinto managed to stop the rot and put things right last season by getting them promotion. Could be the dark horse of the division as they look set to make some noise this season. Should do well in the cup this year with their depth
Weakness: Could probably do with another quality striker and another defender if they are to mount a title push.
Strength: Star Players Milanov, Onazi, Stevanovic and Ucan. They have been there and done it before winning both Div 1 and 2. They still have manager Sach the Gunner at the helm who masterminded a shock Div 1 title win for them. Should be a strong contender for the title and a bare minimum for them will be to get promoted.
Wweakness: Could do with a few more quality players assure promotion. Will be concerned after last season's horror show were they became the first team to win Div 1 then go on to later get relegated (2 seasons later). Can Sach the Gunner work out what when wrong and change things this time around?
Strength: Star players, Mitrovic and Vietto. Have the experience of what it takes to get promoted only 2 seasons ago.
Weakness: Squad lacks depth of quality and will likely struggle to make head way this season. Finishing anywhere in the top half of the table should be seen as a good season due to being one of the weaker teams in the division.
Strength: From having no star players last term they can now show off Deeney, Centurion and Cicinho. Ok supporting cast. Should be in the mix for a promotion place.
Weakness: Could do with a couple more quality players and most notably in goal.
Strength: Have managed to keep most of their star players and have added to them, now boasting 7 star players. Good support from the squad too. A team that looks more fitting for Div 1 than Div 2 and are one of the favourite's for the title.
Weakness: Vastly under performed last season and as such failed to win the Div 2 title when touted as favourite pre season. Not only this they also missed out on promotion. Pressure will be mounting on Chris G to deliver this season with such a talented pool of players at his disposal.
Strength: Star players Bernat, Alcacer, Barkley and Boetius as well as decent support. Should be in contention for a top 3 spot.
Weakness: If the disappointment of relegation carries into this season and affects their form it could be a long season for them. Could do with adding a few quality players as one or two of theirs look like they won't hang around too long.
Strength: Star players Mandi and Holzhauser. A decent first eleven.
Weakness: Much like last season if players go missing they could struggle. There goalkeeper is still one area they will need to look at if they are to get much joy this season as he is one of the weakest on show. Although they have invested in the transfer market in recent weeks Its likely to be a tough season for them as this season will have come to soon for them.
Strength: Star players Sararer and Kacaniklic and good support should help find them in the top 5 this season.
Weakness: A fairly disappointing campaign last season saw them scraping around the bottom of the table for much of the season. Does manager Diagoras Gate6 have what it takes to turn the tide?
Strength: With star players Icardi, Casco and Bigas as well as a good supporting cast they will be looking to put last seasons disappointment of being relegated behind them. They look well set to mount a title challenge and will be disappointed if they miss out on promotion. Have a new manager at the reigns in Adam F who should bring a new drive and energy to the club.
Weakness: Like a few of the Div 2 teams they lack a good goalkeeper which could cost them unnecessary points.
Strength: They now have two star players in Laporte and Kolasinac as well as a few good squad players. A bit of a mixed bag in that they have some very good players in their first eleven but also some lesser players. Hard to say what there season holds for them they could be a surprise package.
Weakness: Due to lack of transfer activity they stagnated a bit last season though manager David Garvock has pledged to address this, this time around. One of the weaker sides in the division and it would be a big achievement if they managed to achieve promotion this season. Reinforcements will be needed if they are to realistically get a top half of the table finish.
Strength: Under new management this season (Joshua Dagnall) after two disappointing campaigns under the old regime. Star players Thauvin, Perez, Nacho, Bruno Vadillo and Van Den Bergh as well as good squad depth make Doncaster again one of the favourites for the title. With three 86's in their ranks they look more suited to Div 1 status - not many/any? teams have quality like that to boast of whichever division they are competing in.
Weakness: Massive under achieving has held them back the last two seasons. They are lucky to be in such good shape team wise considering they too failed to act in the transfer market last season.