I will hold off making final predictions until all teams have been declared.
However, of the (expected) completed teams, I have the following comments:
Swindon - like last season, they are one rider short of a decent team (in this watered down league). If Mitchell lasts more than the first couple of months then I think will miss out on the playoffs.
Poole - On paper, obviously the team to beat. If they don't win it with no less than 3 ringers in the team then it will be the biggest choke in speedway history. However, titles are not won on paper.
Rye House - a Coventry team from yesteryear and while they will no doubt be strong at home, they will struggle away from home. Certainly looks like a Dads Army team and will fight Kings Lynn for the wooden spoon
Kings Lynn - I am finding it difficult to say anything positive about this team except that most wrote Swindon off last season and look how that ended. However, I don't see where any significant improvement will come from to emulate Swindon last season.
Leicester - certainly better than last year and I think they will be in the fight to make the playoffs. I don't think this team is as good as others are suggesting though.
Somerset - a solid looking side with the world champion and, like Leicester, will be in the fight to make the playoffs.
Wolves - not as good a side as the last two seasons but in this league I don't think they can be written off either. They will join the battle with Leicester and Somserset for a playoff place.
Belle Vue - can't really comment until it's known who will replace Kenneth Bjerre. Looks like they will be strong in the reserve department though.
So, for me with who has declared, it looks like 1 dead cert (Poole), 5 possibles fighting for the other 3 spots (Swindon, Leicester, Somerset, Wolves and Belle Vue) and 2 teams fighting for the wooden spoon (Rye House and Kings Lynn)