2017/18 League Two Preview and Betting Tips

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Updated Monday 4th December 2017, 03:30 PM


Refreshed and raring to go after the summer, all 24 League Two teams will be looking forward to the challenge ahead of them this season. Many fans will be enthused by the signings they have made so far during the transfer window, while others may just be hoping to remain in the Football League for another season. There are a host of betting markets available for what might unfold over the coming months, but will the bookies get it right?

Promotion

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Promotion
Mansfield
1
Luton
13/8
Coventry
2/1
Lincoln
11/4
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Mansfield Town may have only finished 12th last season, but they have recruited exceptionally well over the summer and manager Steve Evans is a shrewd operator. They are likely to be a real force, but the odds are very short and it could take time for the new additions to bed in. Luton Town perhaps start from an even stronger base, having just missed out on promotion last term, but they have also been busy in the transfer market and can be backed at a better price.

Coventry City, down in the fourth tier for the first time since 1959, will have no desire to remain at such depths and their EFL Trophy victory last season will at least add to their sense of optimism. Lincoln City also enjoyed a terrific cup campaign last term, knocking out Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and the Premier League’s Burnley on their way to the FA Cup quarter-finals. Having also cruised to the National League title, they should carry that momentum forward and compete for promotion.

Relegation

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Relegation
Morecambe
9/4
Crawley
5/2
Newport
3/1
Yeovil
9/2
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Morecambe finished in 18th place last season and another difficult year could be ahead, but boss Jim Bentley has begun to address the deficiencies in his squad with a couple of recent signings and will be hopeful they can stay afloat. The bookies appear to have little faith that former Liverpool player Harry Kewell is the man to revive Crawley Town, who came just below Morecambe last term. There is no doubt that they will miss James Collins, but they are very much an unknown quantity and could go either way so it seems unwise to write them off too early.

Newport County, Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town are among the other sides being tipped to struggle by bookmakers, but the odds are really too short to appeal to too many punters so it may be worth considering teams a bit lower down the relegation list such as Grimsby Town or Barnet, who acquitted themselves well enough to end last season in mid-table but whose squads do appear to have limitations at this stage. Barnet will look especially vulnerable if they lose in-demand forward John Akinde.

Top Scorer

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Top Scorer
James Collins
9/1
Danny Hylton
9/1
John Akinde
12/1
Lee Angol
12/1
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Collins scored 20 goals for struggling Crawley last season and should receive better service at Luton Town, where he could line up alongside Danny Hylton in a formidable front line. It will be difficult for John Akinde to replicate his stunning exploits from last season if he remains at Barnet, while Mansfield new boy Lee Angol has yet to enjoy the sort of prolific season to justify his status as one of the favourites. A better option could be Marc McNulty, who was on the books of League One champions Sheffield United before his summer move to Coventry City and at 24 is at the right age to flourish in a team which should be in the hunt for promotion.

Sports.net’s League Two Predictions

  • Winner: Luton 7/1
  • Promoted: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Exeter City
  • Relegated: Barnet 10/1, Grimsby 10/1
  • Top Scorer: McNulty 20/1

Final Standings:

1.Luton Town

2.Lincoln City

3. Mansfield Town

4. Exeter City

5. Coventry City

6. Notts County

7. Swindon Town

8. Carlisle United

9. Wycombe Wanderers

10. Accrington Stanley

11. Colchester United

12. Forest Green Rovers

13. Stevenage

14. Cambridge United

15. Port Vale

16. Yeovil Town

17. Chesterfield

18. Morecambe

19. Crewe Alexandra

20. Newport County

21. Crawley Town

22. Cheltenham Town

23. Barnet

24. Grimsby Town

Sports.net’s top tip:

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
Luton to win League Two
7/1
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Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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