The 2016-17 League One campaign is shaping up to be highly competitive with Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United all live contenders for the title.
Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and MK Dons suffered relegation from the Championship last season but the first two of them still have some sort of a chance of returning to England's second tier.
League One last season produced one of the best stories in the English game with Will Grigg - of “Will Grigg's on fire” fame - scoring 25 of Wigan Athletic's 83 goals in a season that saw the Latics finish top.
Other strikers to score 20 or more last term included Nicky Ajose of Swindon Town (who contributed 38% of his side's goals), Sam Winnall (30% of Barnsley's goals), Billy Sharp (33% of Sheffield United's goals), Adam Armstrong (29% of Coventry's goals) and Paddy Madden (33% of Scunthorpe United's goals).
This term, the relegated teams from the Championship stand a fair chance of returning and in particular Bolton, who so far have outperformed the likes of Bristol Rovers and Oxford United, two clubs promoted from League Two that were originally viewed by the bookies as having as good a chance of securing promotion to the Championship as the Lancashire club.
Phil Parkinson, manager of Bolton Wanderers (Getty Images)
The Trotters have suffered dreadful financial problems in the last few years since Sam Allardyce was taking them into Europe via the Premier League, finishing sixth in 2005, but after a takeover they appear to be back on a sounder footing.
Phil Parkinson, an experienced operator at this level, was brought in as manager during the summer and the former Bradford City boss got his new club off to a strong start.
Sheffield United have been languishing in the third tier too long for a club of their size and after beginning the campaign poorly, their manager Chris Wilder will hope to keep the Blades in the top spot which they have now reached – or, at the very least, in the first two to ensure they go up automatically.
Bradford City, Scunthorpe United and Rochdale are also helping to form a very strong northern challenge for places in the Championship next season after enjoying excellent first halves of the campaign - can they keep up the pace?