The League Two Winners, Promotion and Relegation markets are as tight as ever and oddschecker is providing a clearer insight on who should be backed.
The fourth tier of English football doesn’t get as much recognition as its higher counterparts but still hold clubs dreaming of making a push to bigger and better things.
League Two Winner Odds:
The current favourites in this market are Salford City at 13/2. There is no doubt that the ambition of the ownership is to get this club up the divisions as quick as possible, and finishing 8th last year was a strong showing. You would like to think they would build upon this and with the addition of experienced goalkeeper Tom King they aren’t taking their foot off the gas, with their former number 1 Václav Hladký heading to Ipswich.
The Class of ‘92 also added center-forward Conor McAleny, who scored 17 goals for Oldham last season, adding another goal threat to their ranks alongside Ian Henderson. You can see why the club are favourites to be winners this year and at the price being given it is worth a punt for sure.
League Two Promotion Odds:
If you don’t fancy Salford’s chance of winning the league you can back them at 7/4 to secure promotion.
Next in the market are Bristol Rovers at 11/4, which is rather surprising considering their awful performance in League One last year. The Gas have had a lot of transfer business completed across the summer window and although I think they’ll be up there, promotion is likely just out of their reach this year.
One teams that interest me are Leyton Orient at 10/3. They have a new manager in Kenny Jackett and the former Portsmouth and Wolves manager knows his way around the lower divisions. He tried to address Orient striker Conor McAleny leaving by adding three centre-forwards in this window and it wouldn’t surprise me if Jackett’s men make a sneaky push for promotion this year.
Forest Green Rovers are another club that take my interest, having been in the division for a while and securing a 6th place finish last year. They can be backed at 10/3 and I think this is because they have kept most of their squad from last year whilst adding some young blood into their ranks. I think it will be a club that will be there or there abouts at the end of the season.
League Two Relegation Odds:
Unlike its EFL counterparts, League Two only offers two relegation places into which Southend and Grimsby went last year.
As it stands Sutton United are the current favourite to go down at 7/2 and you feel it would be a huge achievement if they are able to stay up. This is the first time the club has been EFL and have a significantly smaller budget than a lot of established teams in the division.
One thing that concerns me about Sutton is they haven’t really replaced last year’s loanee Isaac Olaofe’s goals. He was a big part to the way the team played but from my understanding Millwall will either keep him or loan him out to another club.
Barrow are currently second favourites on the list to get relegated at 5/1. I think a lot of this is down to the departure of Scott Quigley to Stockport. Quigley accounted for 14 goals last year and was important to the way Barrow played. They are trying to address the issue with the likes of Josh Gordon coming into the club, but I don’t think that’ll be enough.