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It might be another week before the top four divisions of English football get under way, although non-league football kicks off this weekend, including the fiercely competitive Blue Square Premier

It is arguable that the top ten sides in this league are better than the bottom ten clubs in League Two although the two-up, two-down system means a team needs to finish as champions to guarantee a place in the Football League.

Luton Town have been agonisingly close to a return in the past two seasons only to falter at the play-off stage, although there are reasons to believe the Hatters will prove too strong for the competition this time around.

The experienced Paul Buckle is at the helm and Luton are a best price 11/4 (Paddy Power free bets) to land the title, with some firms going as short as 2/1 about the Bedfordshire club who appear to have spent well in the summer.

Jon Shaw is the most notable arrival and the former Gateshead striker will face his old club straight away as Luton entertain the north-east outfit on Saturday, with Buckle hoping to see Town make history this season.

“The fans have been brilliant,” he said. “And we are going to need them every week, every Saturday-Tuesday if we’re going to win anything this season.

“The key thing is to forget the past. I know it’s been a tough ride for the supporters over the past few years but let’s forget the past, let’s create a new history together.

“This is a brand new group of players and they are going to try their hardest to get the club back in the Football League.”

Nevertheless, this is a tough division and Mansfield Town will also feel confident of a title success, with the Stags a 5/1 chance (BetVictor bookmaker) to improve on last season’s third place and it’s worth noting that they did finish eight points clear of Luton last term.

Wrexham were the third side that missed out in the play-offs and it could have been a different story if Dean Saunders hadn’t left for Doncaster halfway through the campaign even though player-manager Andy Morrell did well in his place.

Of the bigger prices, Cambridge United potentially could be overpriced at odds of 16/1 (Blue Square), with Jez George looking to rotate his squad and keep everyone fresh as the fixtures come thick and fast.

Luton’s Jon Shaw heads the betting market for Top Goalscorer, although Andre Gray could be providing competition for places at Kenilworth Road and Luton really do look like the best bet to have in this division.

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