Football League kicks-off today

New Bristol City defender will be hoping to make his debut against his former loan club Nottingham Forest. Credit: Scott Wilson/EMPICS Sport
  • BRISTOL CITY

Bristol City get their Championship campaign underway at Nottingham Forest today, hoping to bounce back from their shock Capital One Cup exit in midweek.

After an encouraging pre-season, City turned in a poor performance at Ashton Gate as they were dumped out by League Two side Gillingham.

Manager Derek McInnes made four summer signings, but only one, Jody Morris, featured against the Gills.

Fellow new boys Tom Heaton, Greg Cunningham (above) and Paul Anderson could all be involved at Forest as McInnes looks for an improvement.

City and Forest both spent much of last season battling against relegation, with City’s victory at the City Ground in early April key to their eventual survival.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has made 11 new signings. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport
  • YEOVIL TOWN

Yeovil Town are once again pre-season relegation favourites in League One as they prepare to start their campaign at home to relegated Coventry City.

Manager Gary Johnson has made 11 summer signings and fielded 10 of the new faces in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win over Colchester.

He’ll be hoping for more of the same from his young side as they again look to prove the critics wrong.

Johnson is likely to select an unchanged side against the Sky Blues, who visit Huish Park for a league game for the very first time.

Coventry also progressed in the League Cup in midweek, winning 1-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge through a Kevin Kilbane penalty.

New Swindon signing Alan Navarro scored two goals against his former club Brighton in midweek. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport
  • SWINDON TOWN

Swindon look to get their bid for successive promotions off to a good start when they make the long trip to Hartlepool.

The League Two champions made a great start to the campaign in midweek as they beat Championship side Brighton 3-0 in the Capital One Cup.

Manager Paolo Di Canio again made the headlines with his antics on the touchline, but he’s assembled a strong squad that look ready to challenge at the sharp end of League One.

New signing Alan Navarro made an instant impression with two goals against his former club on Tuesday, while fellow new boy Andy Williams impressed despite not scoring.

Hartlepool started their season with a 5-0 hammering at Crewe in the League Cup last Saturday.

David Clarkson joined Bristol Rovers after leaving rivals Bristol City in the close season. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
  • BRISTOL ROVERS

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market as he looks to strengthen his Rovers squad.

McGhee ended his search for a new goalkeeper with the loan signing of Chelsea youngster Sam Walker on Tuesday.

But he is still looking to add to his squad, with at least one striker and another central defender top of his wanted list.

Rovers’ Capital One Cup defeat at Ipswich on Tuesday was no surprise, even though they took the lead through Michael Smith.

This afternoon they host Oxford in their opening game in League Two, a game given extra spice by McGhee pursuit of Oxford striker James Constable this summer, so far without success.

Marlon Pack will be a key member of Cheltenham's team once again. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
  • CHELTENHAM TOWN

Cheltenham Town will look to get last season’s play-off final defeat out of their system when they host Dagenham and Redbridge at Whaddon Road.

Town lost on penalties to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last Saturday but performed well against their League One opponents.

New signings Billy Jones, Sam Deering and Chris Zebroski all started against the Dons, with Shaun Harrad introduced from the bench.

Manager Mark Yates has managed to keep the majority of last season’s squad in tact and will be confident of making another push for the play-offs.