Ipswich Town season predictions: Should be up there once again

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Ipswich may have overachieved last season but play-off defeat is never easy to swallow, can they go one better this season?

Losing to your local rivals in a play-off semi-final is never a pleasant experience, but Ipswich fans will have been aware that their side had already exceeded expectations last season just extending their season.

Now the task is to build on last term and turn a play-off team into a promotion side. That's no easy task, but Mick McCarthy has assembled some impressive signings and the top two will be his target.

Prediction: 7th.

Freddie Shires: There’s a lot to like about their squad but does Daryl Murphy have another 27-goal season in him?

Damien Lucas: Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick renew their deadly partnership for Ipswich but the sale of Tyrone Mings unsettles Mick McCarthy's side early on and costs them any serious promotion challenge.

Mathew Nash: No play-off fight this year for Ipswich but they will not be far off.

Che Thomas: I think the Tractor Boys may struggle to replicate last season’s form, especially after selling Tyrone Mings. Daryl Murphy caught everyone out with a sensational goal return in 2014/15, and if he can continue that form into the new season, then Ipswich should still do well.

Stephen Pickering: Ipswich will largely be unchanged for next season and considering they finished in the play-offs, should be up there once again. Nevertheless, Mick McCarthy will be up against it as other sides in the division have bigger budgets and squads. Key player: Christophe Berra.

Tim Poole: Mick McCarthy knows the Championship inside out and a similar showing to last season should be on the cards.

Billy Hawkins: A solid base from last season, although hard to see Daryl Murphy continuing his goalscoring form.

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.

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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