Brighton season predictions: Strong defence and good manager will not make up for attacking deficiencies

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Brighton are one of the hardest teams to predict for the 2015-16 campaign. How do our writers think they will get on?

Brighton came back down to earth with a bump last season and found themselves fighting a relegation dogfight, but they'll have higher aspirations this season.

However, questions have been asked of whether Chris Hughton can deliver and whether the summer business has been shrewd.

Prediction: 20th.

Freddie Shires: Brighton's top scorer last season was a centre-back [Lewis Dunk, seven goals], while loanee Joao Texieira has also returned to Liverpool. Unless new striker Tomer Hemed can set the Championship alight, it’s going to be another difficult campaign.

Damien Lucas: Probably the biggest disappointment of the season as Brighton go from being tipped to challenge for promotion to an unexpected but ultimately successful battle against relegation.

Mathew Nash: Chris Hughton has Brighton settled and they should comfortably sit in mid-table.

Che Thomas: It’s hard to predict that last relegation spot, but Chris Hughton failed to improve Brighton like I expected him to last season, and the Seagulls need several squad changes to become a competitive team in the division again.

Stephen Pickering: The Seagulls have one of the strongest defences in the league, but look weak upfront. Leonardo Ulloa still hasn’t been replaced from 12 months ago and another season without a proven goalscorer could see them bolted to the lower parts of the table once again. Key player: Lewis Dunk.

Tim Poole: Chris Hughton doesn't appear inspiring enough to turn the Seagulls' fortunes around.

Billy Hawkins: A strong defence and good manager will not make up for attacking deficiencies.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Middlesbrough

Derby County

Hull City

Burnley

QPR

Wolves

Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United

Brentford

Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest

Reading

Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic

Brighton

MK Dons

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Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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