Championship status means you are only ever one season away from the Premier League, so League One clubs will be fighting tooth and nail in 2021/22 to seal top spot in the third tier and have a shot at ultimate glory.
Find the latest League One Winner odds* for the 2021/2022 season here:
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Who are favourites to win the League One?
Sunderland won the Papa John’s Trophy last season, but the Mackems would have traded that Wembley triumph over Tranmere for a shot at promotion glory at the national stadium instead, losing to Lincoln City in the play-off semi-finals, though Lee Johnson’s men are majority favourites for automatic promotion this season.
Ipswich Town could only muster a ninth-placed finish last term after parting ways with Paul Lambert, but mid-season appointment Paul Cook is being backed by most bookmakers to oil the wheels and get The Tractor Boys pushing for top spot this term, hoping to end their two-year absence from the Championship.
Sheff Wednesday, who started the 2020/21 Championship term with a 12-point deduction, which was later reduced to six, looked destined to stay up, but a dramatic final day saw them squander a lead against Derby and drop down in place of Wayne Rooney’s men. Bookies are backing Darren Moore to turn the tide.
Who else is in the mix for Championship bragging rights?
Charlton finished just outside the top six after a topsy-turvy campaign which culminated in the eventual resignation of Lee Bowyer in March. His successor, Nigel Adkins, now has the job of navigating a path to the Championship, something he managed with Southampton in 2011.
Portsmouth have stabilised and found some consistency in the third tier after a tumultuous few years which saw them go from Premier League club to League Two fodder in just four seasons. Under Lincoln legend Danny Cowley, they are one of the favourites to move up the footballing ladder.
Elsewhere, Wigan are up there to put their 2020/21 season behind them, in which The Latics finished just a place and a point above the relegation zone. Leam Richardson eventually steered them clear from the unthinkable, and now has favourable odds to do a 180 spin and clinch the top prize.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for first in the League One
Recently-relegated Rotherham are naturally rubbing shoulders with some of the division’s promotion hopefuls. Under Paul Warne, The Millers have twice secured promotion from League One to the Championship, winning the play-offs in 2018 and finishing as runners-up in 2020. He certainly knows what it takes to make it out of the third tier, and he continues his stint in South Yorkshire, entering his sixth season with the club.
League One outright odds: Other markets
There are many more outright markets beyond just who will seal first place in League One. Many bookmakers are also offering markets such as Promotion, To Finish In The Top Six, Automatic Promotion, To Be Relegated, To Finish In The Top Half, To Win The Playoffs, To Make The Playoffs, and even more player specific markets such as the Top Scorer.
League One relegation odds
The three teams to gain promotion from League Two are all among the favourites to drop back down. Morecambe, who gained entry to League One via the play-offs are evens with some bookmakers for relegation, while the likes of League Two winners Cheltenham and runners-up Cambridge are also tipped to tumble.
AFC Wimbledon staved off the threat of relegation by the skin of their teeth in 2020/21 and they are naturally in the mix to fare slightly worse this time around and drop down, though they enter their first full season at the new Plough Lane, which should give them some motivation to mark the occasion with a success story.
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