Is Division 3 the melting pot of the Top 100 where great teams are formed while other former giants fade away?
Unlike D1 and 2 , while there are 2 better teams, they aren’t that much better. One major difference is that there is a huge tail of weaker teams with little or nothing to choose between them.
Athletic Club and PSV lead the pack, and with that all important 90 rated keeper and with the Bilbao team have a 90 rated strike force they will still be favourites.
Leicseter will look to strangle other teams with their possesion of the ball, Marseille are perhaps the most potent up top ,and must seek to dominate the opponents defence.. Statistically you will need around 87.7 to survive in the higher division. Thus realistically any team down to Sporting Lisbon should be fighting for a play off spot by the end of the season.
Besitkas should be the big early season surprise, but with their keeper all but guaranteed a drop in rating and the mercurial Kaka should also fall. So like Christmas when the decorations come down , so will their form.
Lokomotiv also have the talent for an early season bid, and argue that Sunderland and Udinese have the potential to maintain their form during the season a whole.
Down at the sticky end of the wicket, it is hard to say how Cruziero with their generally weaker squad and Palace sadly lacking depth can avoid the drop. Boca’s dedication to all things Argentinian is admirable but perhaps will be their undoing.
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