League One Predictions & Tips


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League One Betting Tips

Past seasons in League One and Two have been hard to predict, the last two in particular. And yet, our betting tips still offer some of the most reliable and attractive odds and forecasts to date. This will come in handy if we experience similar complications to last season — thanks largely to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fortunately, this had no effect on the teams that were picked to be promoted to the Championship – Coventry City, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers – and League One: Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra, Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town.

Swindon rightfully earned their place in League One alongside the Millers, with a brand of football that very few teams – three to be exact – were able to defend against.

With 48 goals racked up in the League One standings, courtesy of the likes of Matt Godden and Co, the trek up to the English football’s second tier provides Coventry with the chance to flaunt their attacking skills among some serious contenders to the Championship promotion crown.

The flame is now passed onto the League Two promotees to do the same: Plymouth, Crewe, and champions Swindon Town.

Though the Robins haven’t kicked a competitive ball since their 2-0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers in March, being crowned League Two champions for the third time in their history was an accolade applauded by fans and players alike.

Can they repeat their heroics a league closer to the pinnacle of football? Our forecasts and League One predictions think they’ll have some tough opposition to rival with, aside from Crewe and Plymouth.

From Hull City, who made the drop down from the Championship after a 15-year absence, to Sunderland, whose two attempts to rise back up to the Premier League have finished in heartbreaking fashion, there are plenty of teams with the incentive to vie for top spot.

However, the side leading our League One tips and predictions is one that very narrowly missed out on promotion to the Championship in last season’s playoffs: Oxford United.

However, with the progress and style of football that they are showcasing under manager Karl Robinson, there’s no reason why they can’t use that setback to spur themselves on to the top of the charts this season.

At the other end of the table, the relegation contenders are shaping up to be the same sides that managed to stay afloat by the skin of their teeth last year, chiefly MK Dons, Rochdale and AFC Wimbledon.

Stay tuned with our League One predictions this year to take a look at how our forecasts vary as the 2020/21 campaign unfolds.

How does League One betting work?

As a large bulk of League One matches fall on a Saturday afternoon at 3 pm, we offer the latest predictions and tips ahead of games to ensure that you have time to place your wagers. Whether it’s on match results, accumulators across the Saturday fixtures, or on score predictions, as soon as the team sheets are out at 2 pm, we’re not far behind.

We’ll be delivering all the best odds and prices to make sure your League One betting experience is as smooth and seamless as possible.

There are also outright bets to be had of course if you fancy betting on certain teams to be relegated, promoted or even to win the title.

What are the most popular League One bets?

What constitutes a good League One bet can change from week to week, depending on fixtures, form, injuries and a lot of other variables. Generally, we advise keeping your wagers simple, with only a few selections to reduce your chance of losing out.

League One betting accumulator

The Football League is always a good place to look for an accumulator as with many games taking place across the Championship, League One and League Two at the same time you have plenty of choice to make your picks from.

Accumulator bets are most often a combination of several teams or matches on the same market, such as five teams to win their league fixtures over the weekend or a combination of matches all on the BTTS or Over 2.5 goals market.

However, there is nothing stopping you from combining picks from different markets across different matches over a weekend to be as creative as you like with your accumulator bet.

2020/2021 League One Winner Odds

Will this be the year that Sunderland or Portsmouth return to the Championship? The two former Premier League clubs are among the frontrunners for the title this season although it’s the Black Cats that are the favourites at the moment.

Also expected to be in the running despite the loss of star striker Ivan Toney are a Peterborough United side that have strengthened well during the transfer window and Oxford United, who missed out on promotion last season after losing the play-off final to Wycombe Wanderers.

The likes of Ipswich Town and Fleetwood Town are also hoping for improved showings this time around whilst the likes of Charlton Athletic and Hull City have enough quality in their squads to cause problems at this level if they can sort their off-field problems out.

How can I place League One bets?

Just like the Premier League and Championship betting ventures, making the most of our League One betting tips and placing punts of your own is far easier than most people think.

All it requires from you is a few simple steps.

1) Pick a bookmaker to register with

For starters, you’ll need register with a bookmaker of your choice, whether that’s Paddy Power, Bet365, or Sky Bet – ideally a bookmaker with an enticing welcome offer to wager on all those Premier League games coming your way.

2) Confirm your personal details

From there, it’s as simple as confirming your personal details. Never the most interesting part, but it’s important to ensure you’re signed up correct so that you can start placing your stakes in punts across a whole host of betting markets and then planning your betting strategy based on form, previous results, player profiles and much more.

3) Claim your welcome bonus and start wagering

Any bookmaker worth their salt will offer you a new customer offer to get started with, from enhanced odds to bonus bets, so be sure to enter a bonus code if needed to ensure you make the most of this.

League One betting advice

Fortunately, with the Football League experts we have on hand here at Squawka Bet, you’re never going to be short of advice on which bets to place in League One every weekend.

That said, it’s still important to take a few things into consideration when it comes to placing your bets.

1) Scope out the fixtures

Before you place any bets you’ll want to make sure that you’ve taken a full view of the fixtures and considered what kind of form, or style of football your teams play in.

For instance, checking which teams’ games are amongst the highest-scoring in the league such as Peterborough United and Oxford United may influence you when placing BTTS and Under 2.5 goals bets.

Meanwhile, you may be swayed by how often Sunderland tend to draw matches by a 1-1 scoreline if you’re looking for a correct score bet or checking the league’s top scorers for a nice first time scorer tip.

2) Use the stats!

When it comes to football betting, if you’re not using stats to inform and shape your wagers, then you’re missing out.

Indeed with stats on hand – whether it’s scoring, passing, defending, xG, tackles made – you can actually have a good picture of which team will win, and which bets to place before a single ball has been kicked.

Through this process you’ll find out which player scores the most headers, which keeper has saved the most penalties, which midfielder is more likely to net from a free-kick, and much more.

Some good sites to check out would be Squawka (on brand), WhoScored, Soccerway and Inplay Trading. 

3) Keep a betting record 

Keeping a betting record could change the way you wager, especially if it helps you become a bit more aware of how much you’re staking, where you are losing money, and which bets aren’t copping out.

Doing so over days, weeks and months will eventually save you money in the long term through two ways.

If you find you are suffering constant losses betting on accumulators with the promise of big returns, you may want to focus on individual games and punt on popular bets.

However, if you find you’re making plenty of profits, you’ll have a written track record of exactly what to do to clinch great payouts. 

What are the best bookmakers to wager with for League One?

Some leagues are better served by certain bookmakers than others and that’s no different for the English third tier. Here are our top picks when it comes to League One betting.

1) Sky Bet

This particular bookmaker has a long-standing tradition of offering great value on the Football League and indeed, they even sponsor all three divisions so have a great partnership with the clubs and supporters.

Sky Bet can pride themselves on offering one of the largest varieties of markets around and they’ve become particularly adept at offering odds on the kind of stats-based bets we’ve come to love at Squawka Bet!

2) Betway

Betway have improved so much in the last few years, not only in terms of the depth and variety in their markets but also in terms of the value they are now giving customers on a regular basis.

What sets them apart though is their excellent use of price boosts for both new and existing customers and with daily offers seeing the punters great value on league fixtures we definitely recommend signing up for an account with them this season.

3) BetVictor

Never to be ignored, BetVictor may be the place to go if you’re looking to place the best value bet as they pride themselves on offering the best price possible as often as possible.

What’s more, their app and desktop sites have both improved dramatically of late so you will find them easier to use in the upcoming League One season.

League One betting tips

Be a part of the Squawka Bet League One experience and make the most of compelling betting tips, predictive previews, competitive odds, and analysis, provided by our expert writers and tipsters around the clock.

Whether it’s a thrilling playoff clash at the top of the table, or a relegation scrap to avoid the drop to League Two at the basement of the standings, we’ll make sure you have the best betting insight on hand to get the most bang for your buck.

League One bets and live, in-play wagering

If you haven’t already made use of it, you’ll want to try your League One betting tips at the live, in-play platform.

This means that you’ll be able to tailor your bets as the action unfolds, live, whether that’s a playoff thriller or a mid-table, end-to-end encounter.

It also means that, should your original wager go awry, you’ll be able to correct it, cash out, cash in, and strategise to ensure you emerge with the best possible scenario.

How good is that?

2020/2021 League One

Country: England
Founded: 1920 (as League One in 2004)
Reigning champions: Coventry City
Most championships: Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle (4 each)
2020/21 dates: 12 September 2020 – 8 May 2021
Website: www.efl.com/sky-bet-league-one

League One FAQ’s

Who are the League One favourites?

As the season opener approaches, Sunderland are the current favourites to lift the title but only narrowly as they’ve struggled somewhat for consistency in the last two campaigns and there are plenty of other teams also looking strong on paper.

Peterborough United have made some alterations to their squad and are likely to be tough to beat, whereas Oxford United are hoping to put the disappointment of losing the play-off final last season behind them.

Two more former Premier League clubs in Portsmouth and Ipswich Town are also likely to be in the running this term.

What channel is League One on?

Just like the Premier League and the Championship, Sky Sports hold the rights to show the majority of 2020/21 League One fixtures. Sure, these games might not be the main event of any weekend, but you’ll find Sky coverage on all games across the calendar, as well as commentary on any 3 pm games.

Alongside this, BBC also have rights to cover said games, though coverage normally is found online on their app through a commentary platform. All in all, whether you’re out and about or watching at home with your feet up, you’ll be able to access all 2020/21 League One games and place informed bets.

When does League One return?

League One is set to return on September 12th for the 2020/2021 campaign, the same weekend as the Premier League, Championship and League Two. The season will run through to May in 2021.

How do you get promoted to League One?

Promotion to League One is won via League Two and it’s a unique promotion race as rather than the usual three promoted teams, four teams usually come up from the fourth tier.

The top three finishing teams in League Two win automatic promotion whilst the next four battle it out to win the play-offs in order to earn their spot in the third tier.

How is relegation settled in League One?

Quite simply, the bottom four teams are relegated into League Two at the end of each season. This is difficult for clubs at League One level as more teams are relegated from this division than they are from the Premier League or the Championship.

When do we post our League One tips & predictions?

We aim to post our League One tips and betting predictions around 48 hours before kick-off, allowing punters time to weigh up their options but it’s worth noting that time periods can change depending on fixture congestion.

What’s the history of League One?

Operating as the third-tier league in the English football league system, League One was first introduced to the footballing world in the 2004/05 season alongside the Championship.

The league has been in operation since 1920 under different guises though and the most successful clubs in it’s history are Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, who have each won this division on four occasions.

Ever since it’s inception, Premier League regulars have slipped down into the Championship and have found themselves in League One not too long after, including the likes of Leeds United, Leicester City and Southampton. At present (2019/2020), Peterborough and Gillingham are the two clubs that have played the highest number of games, having last been out of the league in the 2012-13 season.