Odds suggest Lincoln and MK Dons in two-horse League 2 race
We’re six games into the new League Two season, and already it’s shaping up to be a brilliantly competitive division.
There’s a long way to go yet, but the latest odds are already beginning to paint a picture for how the campaign ahead may develop.
Ahead of this weekend’s action, we’ve taken a look at the betting and what it may all mean…
Danny Cowley’s Imps were seventh last season, and have improved their squad over the summer, bringing in renowned League Two hitman John Akinde from Barnet.
The result so far is five wins and a draw from six games, but they’ll have to fight off the MK Dons, who were in the Championship as recently as 2016.
After successive relegations, the Dons are bouncing back under former Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale, although a lack of goals (six to Lincoln’s 14) could cost them in a title fight.
Mansfield Town, who were three points shy of the play-offs last season, are 7/4 to go up this term after an unbeaten start to the campaign.
They’re closely followed by Colchester United at 9/4. The U’s are in their third season of fourth tier football, but have begun brightly.
John McGreal’s men have won three and lost once, while firing in 13 goals so far.
Exeter, Swindon Town, Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic are each 9/2 or shorter to go up this term.
But despite their blistering start to the campaign, Newport County are only ninth in the promotion betting at 5/1.
Mike Flynn continues to work wonders in his first managerial post. County sit second with 13 points from a possible 18, and are 25/1 shots to win the league.
Only two sides are yet to win a match this season, and one of them is newly-promoted Macclesfield Town.
The Cheshire side lost manager John Askey to Shrewsbury Town in the summer, and the National League champions are 15/8 second-favourites to go down.
Macc are behind Morecambe in the betting here. The Lancashire side have struggled in recent years, and there’s 11/10 about Jim Bentley’s side sliding into the National League.
The only other side shorter than 7/1 is Cheltenham at 9/2.
We mentioned Akinde earlier, and the Lincoln striker is 3/1 favourite to be the division’s top goalscorer this season.
The 29-year-old is on four so far, having hit 56 in just three seasons with Barnet.
Tranmere Rovers’ James Norwood looks to be Akinde’s nearest challenger at 8/1. The 28-year-old has stolen the early edge though, with six goals.
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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing