Elite League preview
The Elite League Speedway roars back on to the Sky Sports Screens mid March. Mark Adshead, William Hills' Speedway trader, gives his thoughts for the forthcoming season.
Poole Pirates have a strong line up this season. Chris Holder , debutant Grand Prix rider this season, spearheads the Pirates challenge and he will be ably supported by Bjarne Pedersen, Davy Watt and the teen Aussie sensation Darcy Ward. Poole will be heading for the end of season playoffs with this team and are worthy favourites for the title this year.
Peterborough Panthers are another strong team - Niels Kristian Iversen, Troy Batchelor, Lewis Bridger and Kenneth Bjerre make up a solid top four and the addition of the Polish prodigy Karol Zabik and Adam Roynon at reserve will see them hard to beat around the fast East of England Showground track and they should prove a handful on their travels.
Belle Vue Aces have brought in the experienced Scandinavian duo of Hans Andersen and Peter Karlsson for the forthcoming season to boost a team that has struggled over the last few seasons. With Charlie Gjeede and some good young English riders will we see Speedway's most famous club at the right end of the table this season?
Wolverhampton Wolves, who won the title in 2009, have Fredrik Lindgren at number one again. They have gone for a young side this season and are hoping that the squad will flourish under the guidance of legendary manager Peter Adams. Great Britain's new Grand Prix star Tai Woffinden should improve his average this year and could even become the number one British rider.
Swindon Robins will again have the experienced Leigh Adams heading the team, and as this could be his last season Adams will be looking to win the Elite league title for his adopted home town club. They have a new team manager in Ronnie Russell and a host of new riders. As normal Swindon will be hard to beat at home but will struggle away from Blunsdon.
Ipswich Witches have improved from 2009. Scott Nicholls goes back to his home town club and Great Britain's Danny King and Oliver Allen are additions to this years team. Ipswich is a solid outfit but are weak in the reserves which will see them struggling away. The Ipswich faithful will also have a new track to watch their racing on this year, and this could take away some of the home advantage for the first few weeks of the season.
Lakeside Hammers as normal have built a team that will be hard to beat at home. Away from home, however, the Hammers will be exposed and some heavy defeats may be on the cards. Adam Shields and Krzysztof Kasprazak are the mainstays for the Hammers this season.
Coventry Bees have Chris Harris at number one this season, with Rory Schlein and Edward Kennett making up the top three. Coventry does not have a strong number one rider and they do not have much scope to increase their averages. In Ben Barker however, a young British rider who is fearless and gives 100% every meeting, and former Swindon manager Alun Rossiter, the Bees may still have a sting in their tail.
Eastbourne Eagles have a decent heat leader in the Slovenian Matej Zagar, however the rest of the team are second strings and reserves. At home they will entertain and provide stiff opposition but their lack of fire power away form Eastbourne will see them struggle.