League One title odds: Sunderland start favourites
The League One fixtures have been released so we’ve taken a look at the League One title odds for the new season which gets under way on August 7.
The third tier looks more competitive than usual, with relegated Wycombe, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham facing competition from sleeping giants Sunderland, Ipswich and Portsmouth.
Sunderland have been installed as 13/2 favourites but several other sides look to have recruited well and we’ve highlighted some of the contenders in our League One title odds.
Black Cats favourites to end four-year stay in third tier
Sunderland have been made favourites after an impressive upturn in form under Lee Johnson.
Nine wins in an unbeaten run of 12 games looked like sending the Black Cats back to the Championship, only for a winless six-game run in April to cost them an automatic spot before a play-off defeat to Lincoln.
Close behind Sunderland in the betting are Oxford and relegated Sheffield Wednesday at 8/1.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) June 24, 2021
The Owls have seen 11 first-team players depart after dropping down from the Championship and Darren Moore faces a sizeable rebuilding job to make them competitive at the top of the table.
Oxford missed out in the play-offs to Blackpool last term and finished the season in excellent form, winning six of their last seven league games.
Karl Robinson has added Ryan Williams from Portsmouth to bolster his attacking options and the signing of former Barcelona youngster Marcus McGuane could prove shrewd business.
Ipswich best of the rest?
Ipswich and Portsmouth are both 10/1 to lift the title but the Tractor Boys look the more likely at this stage after Paul Cook overhauled his squad.
Lee Evans and Wes Burns have been brought in to strengthen the midfield and more arrivals are expected under the club’s new American owners.
Pompey have seen their squad reduced to 11 senior players following a summer clear-out, with several players rejecting new deals to remain at Fratton Park including captain Tom Naylor.
Danny Cowley’s side missed out on the play-offs last term and the former Lincoln boss will need to recruit well in the coming weeks to make the south-coast side promotion contenders.
Charlton are 11/1 for the title and the Addicks will hope Jayden Stockley can fire them to promotion following the striker’s arrival from Preston on a permanent deal.
Wigan look to put financial woes behind them
Wigan are then at 20/1 and the Latics will be hoping to compete at the opposite end of the table having narrowly beaten the drop last term.
— Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) June 24, 2021
The club’s financial problems look to be in the past after Abdulrahman Al-Jasmi’s takeover and several high-profile signings have already arrived in Lancashire.
Tom Naylor and Jack Whatmough turned down deals at Portsmouth to link up with Leam Richardson once more while Max Power, Gwion Edwards and Jordan Cousins have also signed.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication