4 teams. 3 spots. Who goes up? The Team: Queens Park Rangers Best possible Starting XI: GK Julio Cesar (82), RB D. Simpson (73), CB R. Dunne (74), CB N. Onuoha (75), LB B. Assou-Ekotto (77), CDM A. Faurlin (74), CDM J. Barton (75), RM N. Kranjcar (76), LM J. Hoilett (77), CAM S. Wright-Phillips (72), ST A. Johnson (74) Key player: GK Julio Cesar. As of now he's stuck to QPR. Will he still be there in January? QPR does have a quality backup in R. Green (76). Julio Cesar though, can change the outcome of a game with 2/3 brilliant saves. Position Battles: CDM A. Faurlin (74) vs. CDM J. Jenas (72) vs. S. Diakite (72) ST A. Johnson (74) vs. ST B. Zamora (73) The Manager: BESHIKTAS career record of 74-51-41. Best season 14-1-3 in Serie B (S7) Champion. Last season dropped out of Serie A, thus relegated. Outlook: BESHIKTAS is the only Serie B member to "play" in Serie A last year. Before departing he went 1-2 in Serie A, as well as a 2-0 win over Frenchie1916 in the Coppa Tradizione group stage. Back in Serie B for the first time since Season 7, BESHIKTAS has gone to a familiar team QPR. It's the only team to ever give him a division title as he won Serie B in Season 7. Now BESHIKTAS looks to be one of the front runners to win Serie B and gain promotion back to Serie A. The Team: Sporting CP Best possible Starting XI: GK Rui Patricio (81), RB Cedric (73), CB E. Dier (73), CB M. Rojo (76), LB Jefferson (73), CDM F. Rinaudo (77), CM A. Martins (74), CM Adrien (76), RW A. Carillo (77), ST F. Montero (74), LW D. Capel (79) Key player: CDM Fabian Rinaudo, if he fails at stopping the oppositions attack from his CDM position then Selvy9 might have to alter his formation and play without a CDM as the back up William Carvalho (70) might be too inexperienced for Serie B. Position Battles: CM A. Martins (74) vs. CAM Z. Labyad (75) CB E. Dier (73) vs. CB Mauricio (72) The Manager: Selvy9 career record of 17-11-8. Best season 10-8-2 in Serie B (S10) good enough for 5th, 3 points out of promotion. Outlook: Selvy9 played well enough to gain promotion last year, falling 3 pts short of 4th place (with all the drops 4 teams gained promotion). That loss in Matchday 21 to UcanHateMeNow proved to be costly. As those 3 pts might have been enough to get Selvy9 to Serie A. That alongside the tie in Matchday 13 against Kella kept Selvy9 in Serie B. He has chosen an underrated Portuguese side this season. Freddy Montero up top should be a dangerous player and trying to beat Rui Patricio will be quite difficult. Selvy9 figures to be up there in the Championship and promotion battle. He did well enough in the Coppa Tradizione, losing in PK's in the quarters, to garner himself as a legitimate threat. The Team: Athletic Bilbao Best possible Starting XI: GK Iraizoz (74), RB Iraola (78), CB Mikel San Jose (76), CB Gurpegi (75), LB Balenziaga (75), CM Beñat (81), CM Iturraspe (77), CAM A. Herrera (79), RW Susaeta (78), ST Aduriz (79), Muniaín (78) Key player: ST Aduriz. Will he score enough goals? He has quality playmakers around him, scoring duties will be left to him. If he can't score than Kike Sola (73) or Toquero (70) may get a go. Position Battles: CM Iturraspe (77) vs. CAM De Marcos (77) vs. CDM Mikel Rico (75) The Manager: vipermansa career record of 56-62-19. Best season 13-2-3 in Serie B (S5) Champion. Last season went 8-7-5 29 pts, good enough for 6th and a mid table finish. Outlook: vipermansa started out his tenure at TFS extremely well, as he posted winning records in 3 of his first 4 seasons for a combined record of 43-28-7. His other 3 campaigns, with the exception of last season, have been dreadful. He has gone 13-34-12, take in mind that he went 8-7-5 last season, so the question is which vipermansa will show up? He played well last year for a mid table finish, as well as going undefeated in his Copa Tradizione group. His group though was one of the easiest in the tourney, this proved right when he got destroyed in the Rd. of 16 5-1. His experience at this point may outweigh his skill set, will he get enough key points to stay in the promotion battle? The Team: Club Atlético Boca Juniors Best possible Starting XI: GK A. Orion (77), RB L. Marín (65), CB D. Díaz (78), CB G. Burdisso (74), LB E. Insua (71), CDM F. Gago (79), RM F. Cangele (76), LM J. Sanchez Miño (75), CAM J. Riquelme (79), ST E. Gigliotti (77), ST J. Martinez (75) Key Player: CAM Juan Roman Riquelme. Boca Jrs. will go as far as their captain will take them. Riquelme will try and lead in assists as this playmaker still has some serious passing skills. Position Battles: ST J. Martinez (75) vs. ST N. Blandi (72) CB G. Burdisso (74) vs. CB M. Caruzzo (74) The Manager: Guayo10 career record of 11-1-2. Best season and only season in TFS 11-1-2 in Serie C (S10) Champion. Outlook: Guayo10 ran away with the Serie C title last season, as well as an epic run throughout the Coppa Tradizione which came to an end in the semifinals, as he went down in PK's. Beating Serie A & B teams all throughout the tourney, including a 1-0 win over fellow Serie B member Kella in the Rd. of 16. Will he be able to run through Serie B like he did in Serie C? Either way, the Coppa Tradizione and Super Coppa run proved that he is a quality opponent to anyone. Good enough to stave Relegation, but good enough for promotion? The Team: Norwich City Best possible Starting XI: GK I. Ruddy (78), RB R. Martin (73), CB M. Turner (74), CB S. Bassong (76), LB Garrido (73), RM R. Snodgrass (75), CM A. Tettey (74), CM L. Fer (76), LM N. Redmond (72), CF J. Elmander (75), ST R. van Wolfswinkel (76) Key player: LM Nathan Redmond, if the pacey winger can't deliver on the wing than watch for manager Kella to maybe switch up the formation to give CAM W. Hoolahan (75) more playing time. Position Battles: ST R. van Wolfswinkel (76) vs. ST G. Hooper (74) LB Garrido (73) vs. LB M. Olsson (73) The Manager: Kella career record of 14-11-8. Best season 8-5-1 in Serie C (S9) finished 3rd. Last season went 6-6-7 25 pts, good enough for 7th place. Outlook: Heading into his 3rd campaign Kella will be beginning his 2nd season in Serie B. He finished in 3rd in his first year in Serie C to win promotion to B. Last season he was terribly inconsistent in both Coppa and Serie B matches. He had highs a 2-1 defeat over Serie A shiftee in the group stage. He had lows losing to guayo10 in the Rd. of 16, as well as dropped points against Frenchie1916. If Kella can find some sort of consistency they will be fighting for promotion. As of now he has shown neither, a mid table finish should be a solid campaign for Kella, as he should avoid relegation. The Team: PSV Eindhoven Best possible Starting XI: GK J. Zoet (76), RB S. Arias (71), CB J. Bruma (72), CB K. Rekik (73), LB J. Willems (73), CM G. Wijnaldum (78), CM S. Schaars (76), CM A. Maher (77), RW J. Park (79), ST T. Matavž (74), LW L. Narsingh (76) Key player: CM Georginio Wijnaldum, he is the playmaker of the team. Might be the most important piece of the 3 headed midfield. If he fails, you may see a formation switch to get CAM O. Toivonen (76) in the squad. Position Battles: GK J. Zoet (76) vs. GK P. Tyton (76) ST T. Matavž (74) vs. ST J. Locadia (73) The Manager: redwings8831 career record of 59-61-30. Best season 13-3 in Serie C (S7) Champion. Last season 6-10-4 22 pts, good enough for 8th place and 13 pts ahead of the relegation spots. Outlook: redwings8831 has not had a winning season since his time in Serie C, when he went 13-3. His last 3 campaigns have been sub-par, as Serie B has proven to be too tough for him. He has gone a combined 21-30-9, with 3 losing seasons. To fight for promotion he will need to break his streak of finishing under .500. He did allow 42 goals last year, most in Serie B. Will need to tighten up the defense if he truly wants to fight for a spot in Serie A. He should be able to stick around 6/7th which would save him from relegation. Uh-Oh Relegation? The Team: VFB Stuttgart Best possible Starting XI: GK S. Ulreich (79), RB D. Schwaab (74), CB K. Haggui (74), CB G. Niedermeier (75), LB A. Boka (74), RM M. Harnik (77), CM C. Gentner (77), CM W. Kvist (76), LM I. Traore (76), CF A. Maxim (75), ST V. Ibisevic (79) Key player: ST Vedad Ibisevic, he will be the lone striker in the squad if the original formation stays. Should have lots of chances as the wing players and CF A. Maxim will try to assist him as much as possible. Position battles: ST V. Ibisevic (79) vs ST. M. Abdellaoue (78) vs Cacau (77). CAM D. Didavi (75) vs. CAM A. Maxim (75) The Manager: Frenchie1916 career record of 31-75-43. Best season 8-5-5 in Serie C (S6) finished 3rd. Last season 1-13-6 9 pts, finished in 11th place. Outlook: Relegation favourite. Frenchie1916 managed one win last term, in all competitions. He scored a total of 13 goals in 23 matches. A championship and promotion spots are truly out of the question, can he muster more than a win this term? He has to as another campaign like the last one will lead to relegation to Serie C. The Team: Olympique de Marseille Best possible Starting XI: GK S. Mandanda (83), RB R. Fanni (76), CB N. Nikoulou (81), CB S. Diawara (75), LB J. Morel (75), CDM A. Romao (76), CDM G. Imbula (74), RM D. Payet (80), LM A. Ayew (80), CAM M. Valbuena (82), ST A. Gignac (78) Key Player: ST Andre-Pierre Gignac, will be in charge of scoring for Marseille. Go Devils has 2 quality strikers on the bench in S. Khalifa (75) and J. Ayew (73), just in case Gignac fails. Position Battles: CB S. Diawara (75) vs. CB Lucas Mendes (74) The Manager: Go Devils career record of 43-96-39. Best season 8-7-3 in Serie B (S1) finished 5th. Last season 4-13-3 15 pts, finished in 10th just 6 pts ahead of 11th. Outlook: Can there be two relegation favourites? Go Devils did better than Frenchie1916 last season, but not by much. He did get 4 wins in Serie B, as well as a semifinals appearance in the Coppa Confederazione. Go Devils will need to steal points early in the season to stave away relegation. Must wins will also be in place when playing other relegation candidates such as UcanHateMeNow Frenchie1916 and YNWA96. Dropping points to them will most likely doom Go Devils and send him down to Serie C. The Team: Hannover 96 Best possible Starting XI: GK R. Zieler (78), RB S. Cherundolo (73), CB C. Schulz (75), CB S. Sane (72), LB C. Pander (74), CDM L. Andreassen (74), CDM E. Prib (74), RM L. Stindl (77), LM S. Huszti (79), ST D. Ya Konan (78), ST M. Diouf (79) Key Player: GK Ron-Robert Zieler, he has a pretty weak back line in front of him. Forwards will get past this defense, he will be in charge of keeping them out of the scoreboard. Clean sheets will be key to this team. Position Battles: CB S. Sane (72) vs. CB Felipe (72) vs. CB Marcelo (71) CDM M. Schmiedebach (74) vs. CDM L. Andreassen (74) vs. CDM E. Prib (74) CF J. Schlaudraff (77) vs. ST D. Ya Konan (78) vs. ST M. Diouf (79) The Manager: YNWA96 career record of 9-2-3. Best season and only season in TFS 9-2-3 in Serie C (S10) finished 2nd. Outlook: A newcomer to Serie B YNWA96 won't find as much success as he did in Serie C. Unlike fellow newcomer and Serie C Champion guayo10 fighting for promotion may not be too realistic. YNWA96 did have an impressive 9-2-3 record in Serie C, however none of his 2 losses where to guayo10. Which may seem impressive, but it means he lost 6 points to the other Serie C participants. Also went winless in the Coppa matches, losing to Serie A members as well as Kella. Going 0-4 against non Serie C opponents questions whether or not YNWA96 is ready for Serie B. Staying out of the relegation battle may be #1 priority for YNWA96. The Team: Seattle Sounders Best possible Starting XI: GK M. Gspurning (74), RB D. Yedlin (65), CB J. Hurtado (65), CB D. Traoré (71), LB M. Burch (63), RM M. Rosales (73), CM B. Evans (68), CM O. Alonso (76), LM C. Dempsey (81), ST O. Martins (77), ST E. Johnson (73) Key Player: LM Clint Dempsey, he will need to put this team on his back to attempt to carry them out of the relegation battle. Seattle is the weakest team, on paper, in Serie B. Position Battles: CB J. Hurtado (65) vs. CB Z. Scott (65) LB M. Burch (63) vs. LB L. Gonzalez (62) The Manager: UcanHateMeNow career record of 47-109-31. Best season 8-7-4 in Serie B (S9) finished in 5th. Last season 5-11-3 18 pts, finished in 9th just 9 pts ahead of 11th. Outlook: The only Serie B member that has been here from Season 1 UcanHateMeNow will try to avoid being relegated to Serie C once more. Only managed 5 wins last season, but did manage to make it to the Rd. of 16. There is talent there, can UcanHateMeNow put it all together and surprise everyone by making it back to Serie A? Maybe, a relegation battle is more than probable though.