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Our Predictions for the Season: Rob

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The fourth edition of our season predictions.

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The football season is now only a few days away, and as such the LoVS writers have been tasked to put their credibility on the line and give their predictions for the year of football to come. Once the season is over and all the results are in, we'll gather them all up and see who did best!

Now it's the turn of Rob:

Championship Winners: Derby County

Second Place: Middlesbrough

Play-off winners: Brentford

Three relegated teams: MK Dons, Leeds United, Preston North End

Championship Top Goal Scorer: Jordan Rhodes

Best Player: Stewart Downing

Surprise Team: Bolton Wanderers, who will defy the doomsayers and not only avoid relegation but challenge for the playoffs

Three teams who'll gain promotion to the Championship: Swindon Town, Millwall, Bury Town

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Premier League Winners: Chelsea

2nd, 3rd, 4th: Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United

Three relegated teams: Norwich City, Sunderland, Liverpool

Top goal scorer: Diego Costa, if his hamstrings survive for long enough. Failing that, Sergio Aguero

Best player: Hard to look beyond Eden Hazard for this

New signing who will flop: Raheem Sterling, hopefully

New signing who will succeed: Memphis Depay

Surprise Team: Swansea City, I fancy them to push for European places with a bit of luck

Champions League Winner: Obvious choice is Barcelona, but seeing as no team has ever won it two years in a row, I'm going to say Chelsea

Runner Up: Real Madrid, purely for the comedy of Mourinho v Benitez (and his wife) in the final

Top Goal scorer: Lionel Messi

La Liga Winners: Atletico Madrid, despite being the third favourites for the title you can get odds of 20/1 for Atleti to win it!

Bundesliga Winners: Bayern Munich, this league is barely a competition these days

Serie A Winners: Juventus, this is even less of a competition than the Bundesliga

Ligue 1 Winners: Monaco

Eredivise Winners: Ajax

Who'll score more, Messi or Ronaldo?: Cristiano Ronaldo

Your own bonus prediction: Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini after another trophy-less season at Manchester City.