League One 2017/18 Preview | Bury
The Saddlers will travel to Gigg Lane for what looks like an incredibly difficult start to the new season. The Shakers have been working hard throughout the Summer to mould a squad that can mount a credible promotion challenge. From the outside it may seem that Bury are going 'all or bust' for promotion this season, but they've actually moved on a lot of players who would probably command decent wages and who were getting on a bit. The likes of Tom Pope, Anthony Kay and Jacob Mellis have departed, with Jermaine Beckford, Chris Maguire and Jay O'Shea among those arriving through the door. The one departure that will be harder than most to replace will be top-scorer James Vaughan, who has left to join Sunderland.
Many are tipping Bury for a strong season and it's hard to disagree. However, Lee Clark still has a lot to prove as a manager and they may just miss out on a play-off spot.
Vital Walsall prediction: 7th
16/17 finish: 19th
Promotion odds: 8/1 SkyBet
Manager: Lee Clark
16/17 top scorer: James Vaughan (24)
Nicky Ajose (loan)
Tom Heardman (loan)