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English League One: Betting Odds For 2017-18 Outright Markets


League One Winner

Blackburn are the bookies’ favourites to win the League One title and their odds of 9/2 with Ladbrokes cannot be beaten. Even at this price however, you would be wise to avoid the Rovers who have struggled ever since Venky’s took control of the club.

They were far from the worst team the Championship has ever seen but they’ve been forced to offload many of their better players from last year. Some replacements have been brought in but there are still clear gaps in the squad and until they are adequately replaced, a bet on Tony Mowbray’s side in the outright winner market doesn’t look wise.

Bradford on the other hand represent a far more attractive bet in the League One winners market. Our odds comparison shows that Bet365 have them down at a potentially lucrative 12/1 to win the league and help ease the pain of May’s play-off final defeat.

Unlike at Blackburn, Bradford seem to have struck lucky with their chairman, as Edin Rahic has a great and sensible vision for the club. The Bantams lost just seven league games last term and if they are able to turn a few of their draws into victories then a league title seems a very realistic possibility.

League One Promotion

When examining the best odds for League One promotion, it’s a big surprise to see Fleetwood nowhere among the favourites, trading at odds as long as 8/1 with Unibet. Although small in stature, the Trawlermen performed exceptionally well last season to finish fourth, just four points from automatic promotion.

Although they face this season without Conor McLaughlin, who has moved to Bradford, they do still have the services of manager Uwe Rosler which is of the biggest importance. The German wasn’t able to enjoy a pre-season period in charge last year having joined too late but with full preparations made this time, we predict a strong campaign looks likely.

MK Dons weren’t able to return to the Championship at the first time of asking but they look to stand a better chance this time. They’ve been busy in the transfer window to increase their options in midfield and defence and although it’s early days, many of the signings look promising. The likes of Ousseynou Cisse and Aston Villa loanee Aaron Tshibola provide some needed power and energy to midfield and they should help stop the Dons being overrun in matches. With improvements looking likely, odds of 5/1 with William Hill are great when compared to those on offer by other online betting sites.

League One Relegation

With four teams facing the drop from the division, relegation odds for League One are never the biggest so it’s important to compare what is available to get the best value for money.

Unibet are offering a market leading 7/4 on Gillingham to go down and given that they survived the drop by just a solitary point last season, it seems a sensible option. Millwall manager Neil Harris is one who has tipped them to go down and unless they bolster their defence, the weakest in League One last season, then it looks like he may be making an accurate prediction.

Blackpool were able to clinch promotion via the play-offs at the end of last season but they were some way off the quality of the other three promoted side. Even third placed Doncaster finished 15 points ahead of the Seasiders, so they can consider themselves lucky to have gotten out of League Two. Relegation again would be no surprise for the former Premier League outfit, especially as off the field problems continue to plague them. Boycotting of games is set to continue this season and the hostile relationship between the fans the owners is unlikely to help performances on the pitch.

League One Top Goalscorer

Billy Sharp notched up 30 goals in League One last season to be the division’s top goalscorer and it’s something that usually requires a big tally. Injury prone players therefore have to be avoided as do those who are attracting interest from clubs outside of the division.

One player who looks set to spend the season in the league is Brett Pitman who signed a three year deal with Portsmouth last month. With Pompey a team known for their attacking playing style, the 29-year-old should be able to thrive in the system. The threat of rotation looks small too as he was recently announced as club captain so he’s very likely to get enough minutes to surpass the 19 goal haul he managed in his last League One stint. The odds comparison has him down as 14/1 with Bet365 and this makes him the standout selection in the outright top scorer betting.