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League Two 2022/23 outright odds: who are the favourites to win England’s fourth tier next term?

By Dean Smith

Published: 13:46, 25 July 2022 | Updated: 15:02, 2 August 2022

The 2022/23 League Two season gets underway next weekend, marking the return of English club football, and the fourth tier looks like an absolute belter this forthcoming campaign.

Here are the latest odds for promotion to League One in the 2022/23 season.

Odds* to win the League Two in 2022/23

Team Sky Bet Paddy Power
Stockport County
13/2 6/1
Bradford 7/1 13/2
Salford 8/1 15/2
Northampton 10/1 10/1
Mansfield 11/1 11/1
Swindon 14/1 14/1
*You have to be 18+ to gamble. All odds within this article are accurate at the time of writing (18:30, 20/07/2022). BeGambleAware.

What are the opening day fixtures?

Saturday July 30 (3pm kick-off, UK time)

  • AFC Wimbledon vs Gillingham
  • Bradford City vs Doncaster Rovers
  • Carlisle United vs Crawley Town
  • Harrogate Town vs Swindon Town
  • Leyton Orient vs Grimsby Town
  • Northampton Town vs Colchester United
  • Rochdale vs Crewe Alexandra
  • Salford City vs Mansfield Town
  • Stockport County vs Barrow
  • Sutton United vs Newport County
  • Tranmere Rovers vs Stevenage
  • Walsall vs Hartlepool United

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Who are favourites to win League Two?

Stockport County

The Hatters have returned to the EFL after an 11-year absence and bookies are backing the Mancunians to seal successive promotions, as the newly-promoted club enter the 2022/23 League Two season as the favourites. Headed up by former player Dave Challinor, Stockport look in good shape approaching their curtain-raiser against Barrow at Edgeley Park, with six new players walking through the door this summer, including Callum Camps, who started 29 League One games for Fleetwood Town last term.


Managed by former Manchester City, Southampton and Wales boss Mark Hughes, Bradford appear in capable hands with the experienced Premier League coach. Hughes joined in February, so this will be his first full season at Valley Parade, and he’s made wholesale changes to his squad this summer, bringing in no fewer than 11 new players, including Jamie Walker from Hearts, 20-year-old Jake Young from Forest Green and Emmanuel Osadebe from Walsall.


This will be Salford’s fourth consecutive season in League Two and the Class of ’92-owned club are once again being tipped to climb up the ladder as outright winners. Using their ties at Carrington, Gary Neville, David Beckham and Co have appointed former Manchester United U23 head coach Neil Wood to replace Gary Bowyer at the Peninsula Stadium, giving the 39-year-old his first taste of senior management. A highly-regarded tactician, Salford will be hoping the appointment proves inspired and he can guide them up to League One next season.

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Jon Brady guided the Cobblers to fourth in League Two last season, just coming up short in the play-offs to Mansfield Town, and bookies appear confident the East Midlands club will once again be in and around the upper slopes next term. Seven new faces have pitched up at Sixfields Stadium, including Sam Sherring from Bournemouth and Lee Burge from Sunderland, so there is an optimistic mood at the club ahead of their opener against Colchester.


Having knocked Northampton out of the play-offs last campaign, Nigel Clough’s men are naturally being backed to have a pop at the title alongside their East Midlands neighbours. The Stags scraped seventh last term but managed to reach the play-off final, where Port Vale ultimately triumphed 3-0. Clough will now be determined to go one better and seal promotion outright.


The Robins finished sixth in 2021/22 and were actually leading Port Vale 2-1 after the first leg of their play-off semi-final, before the Valiants restored parity in the return fixture and won on penalties. Unfortunately for Swindon, Charlton snapped up their manager Ben Garner, so assistant Scott Lindsey has stepped up to the plate, with the club hoping he can reproduce the magic of his former No. 1.


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