Chelsea or Man City? West Brom? Ipswich? Newport? Wrexham? - picking your 2021/22 title winners acca

The English season is nearly upon us, so let Planet Sport guide you through some of the main contenders as you select your all-important outrights accumulator.

Isn't summer a wonderfully happy time to be a soccer fan? It's a total clean slate, you have a bunch of shiny new signings, and anything can happen.

Pre-season optimism is one of the more pleasurable mental afflictions that plague soccer fans, and it often comes with a burning desire to place an accumulator covering the top five tiers to prove to your future self it wasn't just pre-season optimism at all - it was hard-earned insight.

So, with that in mind, let's have a look at some of the teams you might want to consider adding to your betting slip.

Premier League


On paper, a gap of 20 points is a huge one to bridge on champions Manchester City but that doesn't take into account how Chelsea picked up after Thomas Tuchel's arrival.

Read Andy Schooler's 2021/22 Premier League preview here.


West Brom

There's lots for new manager Valerien Ismael to work with and the Baggies have shown their ability in this division time and again over the years.

Read Andy Schooler's 2021/22 Championship preview here.

League One

Ipswich Town

The Tractor Boys have been in League One for two seasons now and have produced thoroughly uninspired mid-table finishes.

However, fresh from a takeover they have invested this summer and look considerably stronger on the pitch than previously at this level.

They have added Scott Fraser and Joe Piggott, among a spate of good additions, who are proven producers in the third tier, and in Paul Cook they have some serious Football League pedigree in the dugout too.

Cook has overseen four promotions in his career, and there is little reason to expect him to suddenly stop now.


Sunderland are the biggest club in the division and have already sold more than 22,000 season cards for the coming campaign, which would put some Premier League clubs to shame.

Sadly for Sunderland, matches are won on the pitch, not in the stands, and that is where the Black Cats have drastically under-delivered for many years now.

In the blink of an eye Sunderland have gone from Premier League survival specialists to perennial League One nearly men, with them losing in the play-offs twice and missing out on points-per-game in 2019/20 after a particularly poorly-timed mid-season drop in form.

However, they have managed to retain League One magician Aiden McGeady - easily the best player in the division - as well as Luke O'Nien. Alex Pritchard looks too good for the third tier too, so they will definitely be challenging again.


Wigan are fresh from a summer takeover and appear to be having a real go. They are one of the few clubs in League One spending big money on wages and handing out mid-term contracts, and that has allowed them some eye-catching recruitment.

Charlie Wyke, who scored 31 goals in League One last season has arrived from Sunderland, although that may be a big gamble since McGeady was so pivotal in his goals haul. Max Power and Jordan Jones were also part of the Sunderland team last season.

The Latics have unquestionably assembled a team that should be challenging for promotion, although the market doesn't appear to have latched onto that yet.

League Two

Bradford City

Bradford are the biggest club in the division and that has too often been the case for an outfit who manage to persistently punch below their weight.

Things might be finally about to change for the Bantams, though, having prised the highly impressive Derek Adams from Morecambe to lead their promotion charge.

Adams has done it before at League Two level, taking Morecambe up last season via the play-offs. He should have more resources at Valley Parade, and with margins so small in League Two, his appointment could make all the difference.

Newport County

Newport were the team that Morecambe pipped to promotion last season in the play-off final, and they look very generously priced this time around.

They have lost Josh Sheehan, Joss Labadie and Liam Shepard, who were all big players for them last season, but the bulk of the team remains.

They also have a good degree of coaching continuity that should help compensate, and it shouldn't surprise anyone to see them up there challenging again.

Leyton Orient

The O's have pulled off something of a coup by attracting experienced Football League schemer Kenny Jackett to their dugout.

Jackett has two promotions from League One on his CV already, so it is a bit of a surprise to see him dropping into League Two - although his spell at Portsmouth was something of a mixed bag.

Orient didn't pull up any trees last season but, like with Adams and Bradford, they may have a managerial game-changer in their midst.

National League

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Famously now owned by actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, Wrexham will be watched by many outside the division in their attempt to become the fourth Welsh member of the EFL.

Their signing of the prolific Paul Mullin from Cambridge United is some statement of intent. The 26-year-old frontman netted 32 goals in 46 games to help United to promotion from League Two last season.


Fancied for the title having retained both Alex Reid and John Rooney, who hit a combined 32 league goals last season.

Simon Rusk only became boss in January, but steered the Hatters to a third-placed finish, and their chances of going two better look decent.

Grimsby Town

Relegated from League Two last season, the Mariners will be on the hunt for an immediate return. They lost top scorer Mattie Pollock to Watford, but their recruitment has been extensive, and many of their nine new signings have EFL experience.

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