Free Press Prediction League 2012/13: Doncaster Rovers v York City

Free Press Prediction League pundit Mike Follows.
Free Press Prediction League pundit Mike Follows.

IT has been something of a turbulent pre-season with many a familiar and dependable player departing, says Rovers fan Mike Fellows.

Dean Saunders has been open in admitting that the squad isn’t where he would like it to be as we approach the start of the season.

Ryan Dunphy.

Ryan Dunphy.

So we’re likely to see players unfamiliar with each other taking to the field for the match against York.

After last season, we all know how that can affect a team.

With Rovers suffering a relegation hangover, and York on a roll, it won’t be an easy game and the competition probably doesn’t sit high on Saunders’ priority list.

I don’t want to start the new season on a negative note, but I can see an upset on the cards.

The departures of George Friend and Jimmy O’Connor compromise our defensive options.

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Ryan Dunphy

THIS Saturday’s eagerly anticipated tie with York is officially the beginning of a new era for the Rovers.

We face the task of bouncing back from relegation but we begin our campaign in the newly named Capital One Cup.

I think it will prove to be a very difficult game considering it will be York’s first game back as a Football League club.

A big away following is guaranteed and hopefully a decent home support should set up a good atmosphere and hopefully see us progress to the second round.

We’ll be favourites to progress but that might put more pressure on us and make it a tougher game than some people might expect.

I’m expecting a more physical game to what we saw last season.

But we’ll have to get used to that in League One!

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Martin Hall

FOLLOWING the dreadfully disappointing relegation from the Championship, there have been a lot of changes in the close season and I don’t just mean on the field.

Rovers enter a brave new era as new stadium owners and pressure will be on Rovers to deliver on the footballing side to ensure the ambitious business plan meets expectations.

Saunders has recruited well and I look forward to seeing what sort of impact the likes of Rob Jones and David Cotterill will have in a poor looking third tier.

York will no doubt still be on a massive high following their promotion back to the Football League, an end to eight years in the wilderness.

The Minstermen are known for their cup upsets and I fancy them to upset the odds again.

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Lee Croft

A NEW season and a new start for Doncaster Rovers.

I think this year’s Prediction League is going to be even harder!

We’ll be facing teams that have changed a lot since we last played in this division and every game will be a tough one to call.

First up for the Rovers is Football League new boys York City in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

I expect the York fans are looking forward to their first Yorkshire derby for a while.

Their fans will surely turn up in numbers to cheer their boys over the line.

Are we ready for the challenge? I don’t know.

But I suspect that if Dean Saunders gets his way regarding transfers this week, we should be able to field a strong side that should be more than capable of progressing to the next round.

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CHAMPION Lee Croft is back to defend his Prediction League title this year.

Martin Hall also returns for another crack at the title.

This season they’re joined by 17-year-old student Ryan Dunphy, from Hatfield, and Mike Follows, 31, of Balby.

Pundits are awarded three points for predicting the exact scoreline, one point for a correct result (win, lose or draw).