Pressley predicts a battle royal

30 July 2013 06:11:10 EST

Coventry City boss Steven Pressley expects the battle for promotion from League One this season to be a tough one.

The Sky Blues finished down in 15th place last season and hope to get back amongst the promotion contenders this term, although Pressley accepts that that is a tough ask.

I think it's a fantastic division this year - a stronger league than last year.

Steven Pressley

He told the Evening Telegraph: "It's going to be hugely competitive. There are some big clubs coming down with Wolverhampton and Peterborough, who will have very good playing budgets there.

"You have got Rotherham who are having a right go at it, Bradford are another big club.

"Plus there's ourselves, Brentford, Swindon and Sheffield United, so I think it's a fantastic division this year - a stronger league than last year, for sure."

Wolves are 1/1 to gain promotion, with Peterborough 1/1 and Coventry 1/1.

The Sky Blues open their campaign on Saturday away at Crawley Town and are 1/1 to make a winning start.

Last season's corresponding fixture in mid-April ended in a 2-0 win for the home side, with Coventry having triumphed 3-1 at home to Crawley in early November, with Billy Clarke netting in both of those meetings for Town.

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