As the weeks tick by, pre-season preparations intensify and League Two’s curtain-raiser draws ever nearer, but who will make it out of English football’s fourth division this season?
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Who are favourites to win League Two?
David Beckham’s Inter Miami have made a bit of a pig’s ear of their 2021 MLS campaign, with Phil Neville’s side rooted to the foot of the Eastern Conference after suffering a sixth straight defeat on Thursday, but the England legend will be hoping his jointly-owned Salford City fare slightly better on this side of the Atlantic.
The Ammies finished just a place and two points outside of the play-offs last season under former Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, and many bookmakers are now backing the Mancunians to, not only better that position, but actually win the division outright, adding another gold star to the Class of ’92 CV.
Recently-relegated Bristol Rovers are also tipped to top the pile despite collecting League One’s wooden spoon in 2020/21, while trailblazers Forest Green — everyone’s favourite second team — are also in the mix to go up a rung and pit their wits in the third tier for 2022/23.
Who else is in the mix?
Exeter City missed out on the top seven by just three points, despite going unbeaten in their final six games, though three consecutive 0-0s certainly didn’t help their cause. Matt Taylor will fancy his chances of carrying that form into the new campaign and have a real pop at progressing out of the division.
It was not too long ago that Bradford City were competing in the League Cup final, a commendable feat of endeavour to collect the scalps of Arsenal and Aston Vila en route to Wembley, and they will be hoping recently-appointed Derek Adams, who guided Morecambe to promotion via the play-offs only last month can repeat that success this time around.
“I completed my job at Morecambe. I was asked to get Morecambe out of League Two into League One. That was my remit and I’ve accomplished that,” Adams told Sky Sports.
“It’s always a difficult decision (to leave). I think from my point of view, I’ve left on very good terms. It’s now an opportunity to go to another football club and try to do the same.
“I’m here to try and get this team and club promoted out of League Two into League One.
“I know the pressures that they have at this football club. The supporters want success and I’m here to try and deliver that.”
Mansfield Town are another in the running. Despite finishing 16th last term, they lost just two of their final 12 games under autumn-appointment Nigel Clough, and bookies are backing him to take that momentum into the new campaign and have a proper go at getting The Stags out of the fourth tier.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for top prize in League Two
Kenny Jackett is part of the Football League furniture and has certainly been around the block a few times, gaining promotion from League One twice, so he will certainly know what is required of his charges to get Leyton Orient firing on all cylinders and climb up the ladder.
Tranmere Rovers are also up there to top the tier having made the final play-off position last term. Micky Mellon will be hoping the Merseysiders can fare better this time around, and with the likes of Callum McManaman and Jay Spearing they certainly have a chance.
League Two outright odds: Other markets
There are many more outright markets beyond just the League Two winner. Bookmakers are offering other markets such as Promotion, To Finish In The Top Seven, Automatic Promotion, To Be Relegated, To Finish In The Top Half, and even more player specific markets such as the Top Scorer.
League Two relegation odds
Sutton United secured promotion to the Football League for the first time in the club’s 123-year history last season, winning the National League, but The Us are among the favourites for an immediate return to the backwaters of English football, as well as fellow promoted side Hartlepool United. The likes of Scunthorpe United and Barrow, who finished 22nd and 21st respectively last season, are also being tipped to finish slightly below and drop out.
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