How many sides could potentially be relegated from League One this season? Perhaps it is better to rule out the teams that definitely won’t go down and the only clubs who should steer well clear of a relegation dogfight are MK Dons, Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield.
17 of the 24 teams in League One are trading at single figure odds for relegation and there are sure to be lots of sides involved when it comes to staving off the drop come April next year. Yeovil are the nominated favourites at 15/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) although this is the Glovers’ third season in this division and they are simply an unfashionable club.
Walsall had plenty of financial problems last term and the 9/4 (Blue Square) about them going down is probably a fair price and we must remember that four teams will be relegated at the end of the season. Tranmere Rovers are another side that have been bottom of the division in the past couple of seasons, although Les Parry’s ability to get loan gems might yet keep them afloat.
Naturally, the promoted teams might come into the relegation reckoning and that includes Stevenage, who are available at 5/2 with Sportingbet. Graham Westley’s team scrambled up through the play-offs although are not blessed with cash, while Bury are another small club who shone thanks to the goals of Ryan Lowe. The Lancashire side can be backed at 11/4 (Skybet) to go down.
Chesterfield (11/2 Skybet) won League Two at a relative canter and John Sheridan will be confident that the Spireites aren’t drawn into trouble, although Rochdale saw manager Keith Hill depart for Barnsley in the summer and perhaps the extent of his achievements will only be noticed now that he has left Spotland.
Oldham Athletic (3/1 Betfred) enjoyed a bright start to their League One campaign last season before Paul Dickov’s team sank like a stone and they have done little to address their lack of firepower. Exeter also catch the eye at 10/3 (bet365) with the Grecians having punched above their weight last season and Jamie Cureton won’t be around to score the goals.
If you do fancy one of the so-called big clubs to struggle this term, Sheffield United are on offer at 25/1 (Skybet – £35 free betting) to go down, while Sheffield Wednesday are 40/1 with the same firm.