Monaco to go up , should do! Espanyol should lead rest of pack.
Monaco are the best team in Division 4 and would also be equally highly ranked in Division 3. Anything other than a convincing title performance would be calculated by all as an abject failing by a team that for some reason stuggles to perform more often than not.
Espanyol also have a well balanced side with good depth , they would also fancy a top 3 finish in the division above so should finish 2nd.
Celta in 3rd are really the only top rated team performing well at the moment, perhaps lacking the depth of the other 2 and an older starting eleven perhaps will cost them in the end .
To survive in D3 you need around 218 rating points , so almost the entire D4 line up with the exception of the lowest 4 rated could survive , to be in with a chance of an additional promotion you would need around 220 points which bodes well for any team down to Partizan.
Partizan and Villa could well be strongest in the cup, although each has suffered one early exit.
Olympiacos are an interesting prospect a good keeper and attack. Long ball game perhaps as a midfield battle won’t succeed.
Great starts by Basel and Levante who are rated in the top 10 but are rightly over performing at the moment.
At the wrong end it will be a struggle. Last year the same system got 3/4 relegated team and no team outside the lowest 6 was relegated.
So it looks bad for Cruziero and Zagreb although fair enough to Zagreb it looked that way last season and they were the only teams in the lowest 4 to make it.
Spartak also lack depth , Kiev on the other hand may have sufficient in the tank to pull clear in the 2nd half of the season.