Opinion

2020 has been a strange year for many, especially elite sport like the NIFL, as many leagues have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the global pandemic caused by Covid-19. Because of this, it has ensured that football fans are now glued into this year’s campaign and are excited to see who can go on and claim the league title this year and who looks to be in trouble.

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Current champions Linfield who did claim the title last season in the unpredictable year are still heavy favourites to go onto claim the title once more this year priced at 1.40. Not only do they have the strongest squad of recent times, but they have also added to in this year in the transfer window and some serious star quality as well in Navid Nasseri. Nasseri is familiar to the Irish league and will want to hit the ground running this season. He is the perfect signing to add to an already strong squad to attempt to try and reclaim the title.

Because of all the strengthening that Linfield have done during the summer transfer window, it has created a greater gap between them and closest rivals Coleraine who are currently priced at 10.00 to win the title. Although they have made the signing of Curtis Allen permanently to their side this summer, we still don’t believe it will be strong enough to challenge for the title this year.

If we are looking into sides who we think are going to struggle this season in terms of relegation, we do believe the two teams in Carrick Rangers and Warrenpoint Town the two teams who will be in a relegation battle between themselves. Warrenpoint were certainly very lucky to stay up last year with the season finishing on a points per game system and them just squeezing into the Premiership again this season. Furthermore, they haven’t had any transfer activity this summer, Warrenpoint are the team who we’d have money on to make the drop.

[Image: Coleraine FC]