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League Two preview: The best and worst bets for promotion

| 02.08.2011

The new League Two season is just days away and here we assess who are the movers and the shakers in the League Two title betting odds.

Best bets

Shrewsbury Town – 12/1 to win the title
Comfortably the best team that didn’t win promotion from League Two last season, the Shrews can be confident that they are more than a match for the four relegated teams. If Graham Turner can lower the number of defeats away from home then Shrewsbury should lift the title.

Rotherham United – 4/1 to be promoted
Two wins from 14 games cost Rotherham any chance of promotion in the final two months of last season but manager Andy Scott has brought in eight new faces and has managed to keep hold of Adam le Fondre. Strength in depth plus le Fondre’s goals make them a great promotion bet.

Bristol Rovers – 9/4 to be promoted
Despite boasting the worst defence in League One, Bristol Rovers improved dramatically in the latter half of the season and with Paul Buckle now on board as manager the Pirates are the strongest of the four relegated teams.

Worst bets

Crawley Town – 3/1 to win the league
Promotion may beckon for the team that dominated the conference last season but at 3/1 to win the league they are just too short to contemplate backing for the title in a division that historically has proved a very level playing field.

Swindon Town – 9/4 to be promoted
Paolo Di Canio may have brought a new sense of optimism to the club but there’s no doubting Swindon were the worst team in League One last season and this is a tough first managerial job for Di Canio. The better bet would be Di Canio being the first manager to go in League Two.

Northampton Town – 7/2 to be promoted
Gary Johnson may not have got on with the Peterborough board but there’s no doubt he’s a strong manager. However this Northampton side he has inherited is poor and eight departures leaves them staring at another mediocre mid-table performance this season.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.