Three Yorkshire teams head the betting market for League One next season following the promotion of Brighton, Southampton and Peterborough. Sheffield United’s relegation from the Championship means that both clubs from the Steel City now occupy a berth on the Football League’s third branch.
While Wednesday and United have both been in the Premier League, it is Huddersfield (11/2 Sportingbet – £25 free bet) who are favourites with most bookmakers, with Lee Clark’s team having missed out in the play-offs for two seasons running. The Terriers were beaten by Posh in the final last May although they will be determined to secure an automatic spot next term.
Wednesday were among the favourites to be promoted last season, although Alan Irvine didn’t last long in his bid to get the Owls back to the Championship, while Gary Megson took quite some time to have the required impact. They are expected to fare better this season and Victor Chandler offer 6/1 about the team that play in blue and white.
Across the city, the Bramall Lane faithful were protesting last month after the board decided to replace the sacked Micky Adams with Danny Wilson, a man who is commonly associated with Wednesday through his playing days and the fact that he managed at Hillsborough. Several players will come and go during the summer and William Hill are prepared to offer 9/1 about them winning League One.
Preston North End were another relegated team from the Championship although they have a manager in Phil Brown that has taken Hull up into the Premier League and he inherited something of a mess at Deepdale. Betfred (£50 free bets) go 7/1 that we see PNE top the table and it will be interesting to see what calibre of players can be recruited.
After this northern quartet, the bookmakers are prepared to offer 14/1 and upwards about any of the other teams winning League One and Charlton Athletic are 14/1 with bet365 on the outright market, with new investment likely to arrive at The Valley during the summer. MK Dons (16/1 Skybet) are also an interesting runner on the basis that they reached the play-offs last term.
Carlisle United were the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners last season and the Cumbrians also managed a bright start to their League One campaign only to fall away midway through the season. Greg Abbott’s side are 33/1 with bet365 (£200 free betting) and could be each-way value.
Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers are the big outsiders at 80/1 (bet365) despite the fact that they have several good young players coming through. While Dale Jennings has attracted interest from the likes of Bayern Munich, there are other players who can propel the Merseyside team towards the top six.