MK Dons are in their highest position since the club moved from Wimbledon, but they may struggle to stay there.
MK Dons have lost some of their star men from the side that dramatically secured promotion from League One and many of the architects of last term's 101 league goals are no longer in the ranks.
However, there have been some impressive new recruits, including two additions from Real Madrid, and while Karl Robinson has it all to do, there are grounds for hope.
Freddie Shires: Last season’s MK Dons goal heroes Afobe and Will Grigg are both gone, while main man Dele Alli has also headed off to White Hart Lane.
Damien Lucas: Newly-promoted Dons win back-to-back promotions under Karl Robinson after sneaking into the last play-off place following a late surge and complete a remarkable rise from a hockey stadium to the big time.
Mathew Nash: Newly promoted, but should just have the quality to survive.
Che Thomas: The Dons are a difficult side to predict. I think Karl Robinson is a great manager and should ensure the club comfortably retains their place in the division, but Dele Alli’s absence will be a big loss, while Lewis Baker also contributed after joining on loan last season.
Stephen Pickering: Karl Robinson will most likely wait to see what he can loan in to the club before panicking about relegation. However, they have a lot of ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it. With no more signings, relegation looks very likely. Key player: Carl Baker.
Tim Poole: I can see all three promoted teams finishing right next to each other at the bottom. Dele Alli is an obvious loss.
Billy Hawkins: The only promoted team to be relegated, the Dons will struggle to replicate their form in the Championship
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:
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