League Two Predictions & Betting Tips
League Two Betting Tips
With Swindon Town, Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle securing safe passage up into League One, all eyes are now on which teams will follow suit in this season’s League Two permutations.
Now, it’s very unlikely that a campaign like last season will unfold – no football for four months and the season finally being made void, with teams still facing promotion and relegation consequences.
Instead, expect a condensed schedule which will offer games every few days.
So, which team can beat the heat and claim promotion to League One?
Cheltenham and Exeter City were the two teams to get closest to the big three that made secured their spot in the third tier and are still in the running this time around.
Indeed, the former played their fourth consecutive season in League Two, taking another stab at the playoffs with renewed hope. However, for all of Cheltenham’s good form at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium in the 2019/20 campaign, it’s away from home where they shot themselves in the foot.
This year, manager Michael Duff will look for improvement on that forefront with new faces as well as old – Jordan Forster and Manny Duku – gracing the side.
Exeter City, on the flip side of the coin, provide an entirely different style of playing in this season’s promotion race.
Throughout the season, the Grecians played scintillating attacking football, leading through the likes of Jayden Richardson and Ryan Bowman. And yet a thumping 4-0 defeat in the playoffs to Northampton exposed the issues inherent in the defence.
Just like Cheltenham, the work that Matt Taylor has put in during the post-season period suggests that these flaws are ephemeral.
As such, both teams fill a spot in our League Two predictions and betting tips.
Whether the promotees can beat the pair into the standings is still up for debate.
Yet when it comes to the discussion surrounding relegation and dropping out of the Football League, there seems to be few teams that fit the bill better in our League Two 2020/21 predictions than Scunthorpe and Mansfield Town.
Both these sides were lucky to narrowly miss out on the fate that Macclesfield Town were offered, but it seems as if this season, they may not have enough to save themselves at the second time of asking.
How does League Two betting work?
Just like the rest of our football league services, we’ve got the latest 2020/21 League Two predictions and tips, available before and during the Saturday afternoon games for you to place tailored bets. Keep an eye on these ahead of games and you’ll be giving yourself a better chance to claim match winnings. Especially if you have the various starting XI’s under your belt beforehand.
It’s also worth taking a look at our accumulator betting tips if you plan on spending your Saturday afternoon with fingers crossed that your acca comes in!
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 Two bets?
In line with some of English football’s other leagues, the bets that are deemed most popular by punters often vary throughout the season, depending on form, player profiles, injuries and more.
But as always, there are some fan favourites that never change, regardless of what unfolds on the pitch.
Some that warrant a mention are outright markets, accumulators, correct scores, first scorers and over/under wagers.
As the 2020/21 campaign progresses, we’ll keep you updated on whether the aforementioned changes, and which bets start to gain more traction.
League Two 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 Two Winner Odds
There are two clear favourites for the League Two title this season and they both reside in the North West but have very differing histories.
Bolton Wanderers have new owners and have made some impressive additions to their squad, including last season’s top scorer in this division, Irishman Eoin Doyle. Competing with them for the title though are Salford City, who are also well-backed financially but have never been as high as League One before in their history.
Relegated Tranmere Rovers are expected to compete towards the top end of the table, while a better campaign is expected of Mansfield Town after their struggles last campaign. Colchester, Exeter and Cheltenham will hope to compete too having reached the play-offs last term.
How can I place League Two bets?
With Squawka Bet’s finest tipsters and writers on hand, you’ll be in for a League Two betting experience unlike any other.
Whether you’re looking for the latest outright odds on a thrilling promotion race match-up, or the chances of both teams to score (BTTS) in a relegation scrap, we’ll have you covered.
And if you’re ever confused or unsure on who to forecast to win, or which odds to punt on, our predictive previews, betting features and editorials will keep you informed ahead of all the big games of the 2020/21 season.
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 League Two 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 Two 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 Two 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 Salford City and Grimsby Town may influence you when placing BTTS and Under 2.5 goals bets.
Meanwhile, you may be swayed by how often teams like Port Vale and Crawley Town tend to draw matches if you’re looking for a Win-Draw-Win bet and it’s always worth 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 Two?
Some leagues are better served by certain bookmakers than others and that’s no different for the English fourth tier. Here are our top picks when it comes to League Two 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!
Bet365 are the most popular online sportsbook for many reasons including how easy their app is to use, the good value they offer and the huge depth and variety of markets which is almost unrivalled.
They don’t have the same EFL focus that Sky Bet have but you can’t go wrong in using bet365, particularly for accumulators and multiple bets which are often the way to go for League Two tips.
3) Paddy Power
Occasionally, Paddy Power will offer new customers the chance to get huge enhanced odds on Football League matches so they’re always worth a look if you’re out to find a lower league bookmaker.
They offer an extensive amount of League Two odds and markets and always have good value on their outright bets in particular before the season gets underway.
League Two bets and live, in-play wagering
Just like the other leagues, you’ll be able to add to your online League Two betting experience with betting live, in-play as the action happens.
This means you’ll be able to tailor your bets on the drama, whether there are red cards, penalty calls, or a whole heap of goals from both sides to ensure that you emerge with cash in hand.
And if any of your bets go awry, you can correct and adjust the forecasts well ahead of the final whistle. How good is that?
2020/2021 League Two
Founded: 1958 (as League Two in 2004)
Reigning champions: Swindon Town
Most championships: Chesterfield (4 titles)
2020/21 dates: 12 September 2020 – 8 May 2021
League Two FAQ’s
Who are the League Two favourites?
There are two stand-out favourites for the League Two title before the season kicks-off and it’s perhaps surprising given that one of those teams finished bottom of League Two last season whilst the other occupied a spot in mid-table.
However, both Bolton Wanderers and Salford City have invested heavily in their playing squads for this campaign whilst other clubs have had to scale back their budget, so the two north west outfits are the two clear favourites.
Beyond them, the likes of Tranmere Rovers, Mansfield Town and Exeter City are also expected to compete.
What channel is League Two on?
As with most football coverage, Sky Sports hold the rights to air and commentate on League Two matches, and the 2020/21 season is no different. These services are also available on the go through mobile services and Sky Sports day passes.
However, League Two games can also be viewed on BBC Sport’s radio platforms, which means wherever you are, you’ll be able to see all the games across the months with relative ease.
When does League Two return?
League Two is set to return on September 12th for the 2020/2021 campaign, the same weekend as the Premier League, Championship and League One. The season will run through to May in 2021.
How do you get promoted to League Two?
Promotion to League Two is won via the National League, with the league winners earning promotion out of non-league and into the EFL.
Two teams are promoted every year, with the six teams finishing from 2nd-7th competed in an elongated play-off competition, with the winner of the final at Wembley Stadium also promoted.
How is relegation settled in League Two?
With League Two being the basement division and fewer teams heading between the fourth and fifth tiers for that reason, only two teams are relegated from League Two each season, the two bottom teams in the division.
For a long time, relegation out of the Football League was done by an election process, but the route for non-league clubs into League Two is much clearer and more attainable now.
When do we post our League Two tips & predictions?
We aim to post our League Two 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 Two?
The fourth rung in the English football ladder currently operates as League Two, also known as Sky Bet EFL League Two for sponsorship reasons. Just like League One and the Championship, its inception began back in the 2004/05 season, changing the structure of football for the better.
Before that, the addition of a regional fourth tier of the Football League happened in 1958/1959 and the most successful team in this particular division since then have been Chesterfield, who have lifted the title on four occasions.
The team to have held the longest tenure since the league changed to League Two? Morecambe, who were last outside the division in 06/07.