SkyBet League Two Outrights, Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
The SkyBet League Two season is almost upon us and we have taken this opportunity to preview the season ahead as well as making our picks for the 2017/18 title winners, relegation contenders and top goalscorers.
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SkyBet League Two Winners Prediction
With 11 new faces signed up even before the transfer window officially opened, Mansfield boss Steve Evans looks to have immediately got many of his first choice signings through the door and with the whole of pre-season to prepare his side, we can expect them to come quickly out of the traps.
Evans has an impressive record himself and all but one of the sides he has previously managed has won promotion to at least the next division up. He won back to back promotions with Rotherham and although his tenure at Leeds United ended prematurely, it’s fair to say there was extenuating circumstances during his reign.
Luton look to be the side most well equipped to spoil Mansfield’s party and a few years after dropping as far as non-league, the Hatters should finally be strong enough to reclaim a spot in League One next season.
Even though Luton made the play-offs last year, the losses of Cameron McGeehan and Jack Marriott will be big shoes to fill and it remains to be seen if the new faces will be able to step up to the plate.
Last years beaten play-off finalists Exeter City look set for another solid showing in League Two and even if you do not fancy them for the title, a bet on them to finish in the top seven looks to be a pretty safe shout.
A bad start to the season was coupled with a few alarming drops in form last term and that put pay to their chances of automatic promotion, but if they are able to keep their form more consistent this time around then they should be major players at the top of the division.
League Two New Boys
Chesterfield been active this summer following their drop into League Two and to date they have signed 15 new players as they prepare for life in the fourth tier. Such changes rarely come good straight away so expect Gary Caldwell’s side to start slow before coming on strong in the second half of the season. We can’t see them troubling the play-offs and although it is a short price, the only bet we would consider is for them to finish outside the play-offs at 4/9 with SkyBet.
Coventry City’s troubles look to far from over despite dropping to the lowest division in the Football League. They are unlikely to receive much in the way of financial support from their much maligned owners and with the side already looking light in midfield, it could be a long season for the Sky Blues. They are 9/4 with SkyBet to finish in the bottom half and that is where our money will be placed for them this season.
Forest Green Rovers look all set to continue their momentum into League Two after winning the National League play-offs to secure their first ever stint in the Football League. They are well backed by their owners and with the talented Drissa Traoré in midfield they are already well used to bossing possession. They are priced at 4/1 with bet365 to finish as the top placed Southwest in League Two.
Lincoln City finished last season as everybody’s favourite non-league club. Their extraodinary cup run coupled with their dominance of the National League meant that they received national exposure and was the team on everybodies lips. Their trouble will be to repeat the task now at a higher level and with everyone wise to their abilities, we think it will be difficult season for the Imps. They are 9/4 with Betfair to finish in the bottom half.
Port Vale look to have had a productive off season and the signings of experienced strikers Tyrone Barnett and Tom Pope could prove to an inspired choice. They are best priced at 10/3 with Black Type to make the top seven come the end of the season and we think that is a realistic aim for the Valiants.
Swindon Town are most people’s pick of the four that came down to do well this season. Boss David Flitcroft has strengthened all the key areas and a best price of 7/2 with Blacktype for them to immediately bounce back to League One by winning promotion looks to be a sound investment.
To be Relegated
It was only a remarkable turnaround in fortunes that saved Newport County from the drop last season but with one of the divisions smallest budgets and a manager who is building his own squad for the first time in his career, we think that Newport’s time in the Football League is set to come to an end.
Morecambe are another side who have one of the smallest budgets in the division and we think that their luck may finally run out this term. Over the last few seasons they have relied on their ability to outscore the opposition and although they have strengthened up top, their lack of investment at the back suggests to us there will be too many vulnerabilities for the opposition to exploit.
Our pick – John Akinde (Barnet)
John Akinde is probably one of the most natural goalscorers in all League Two and he has an uncanny knack of being able to find the back of the net. He finished last season as the joint top scorer in the division and was responsible for almost half of Barnet’s goals in the last campaign. It’s now three seasons in a row where he has finished with 20+ league goals scored and at 10/1 to finish as top scorer, it looks to big of a price to be ignored.
Outside shot – Reuben Reid (Exeter City)
When Reuben Reid is playing well he is one of the most difficult strikers to deal with in League Two. He managed to finish last season with 13 goals to his name and with Ollie Watkins departing the club he will likely be deployed as the spearhead of Exeter’s attack. He will also benefit from having a full pre-season behind him and with BetVictor also offering the top four on each way at a 1/4 odds, it also represents some excellent value if you wish to play things a little safer.
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