League Two promotion odds: Ambitious Bantams in the mix
League Two promotion odds and preview
The League Two season starts on August 7 and we have already looked at potential champions in the fourth tier.
However, in our next preview we’re checking out candidates in the League Two promotion odds in which Salford are the 6/4 favourites despite failing to qualify for the play-offs last season.
Gary Bowyer was appointed permanent Salford manager on a two-year deal in May after his players picked up 20 points from the 11 games he was in charge.
City, 6/1 in the League Two title odds, have made some great signings during the summer, including goalkeeper Tom King and defender Liam Shephard from Newport, plus midfielder Matty Lund from Rochdale and Oldham striker Conor McAleny.
Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton has made 11 signings during the summer and expectations are high that the Pirates can make an immediate return to League One having finished bottom of the table last season.
Winger Harry Anderson, a double promotion winner with Lincoln, is the latest addition and joins the likes of Aaron Collins who turned down a new contract at Forest Green.
It may take a while for the players to gel but Rovers are 11/4 in the League Two promotion odds.
No sooner had Derek Adams secured promotion with Morecambe, a club with the lowest budget in the fourth tier, the Scot jumped ship to join Bradford who are 3/1 in the League Two promotion odds.
With four promotions on his CV, hopes are high of a return to the third tier and Adams has already raided his former club by signing Yann Songo’o from the Shrimps and several other players including Lee Angol from Leyton Orient.
The Exiles have reached the play-off final in two of the last three seasons and are 9/2 in the League Two promotion odds to finally get the job done.
Michael Flynn has brought eight new players to Rodney Parade, including former Walsall skipper James Walker and Congo midfielder Christopher Missilou, although he lost keeper King and defender Shephard to Salford.
Rovers have also been in the play-offs in two of the last three seasons, but are 3/1 in the League Two promotion odds.
Mark Cooper was sacked in April after a poor run which left the club in sixth place and was replaced by Rob Edwards who has made his mark by bringing in several players such as midfielders Ben Stevenson and Opi Edwards from Colchester and Bristol City respectively.
Best of the rest
Port Vale were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion last season but finished 13th and are 5/1 this time around despite Darrell Clarke signing 11 new players for the forthcoming campaign, including former Manchester United striker James Wilson.
Exeter and Tranmere have been in the play-offs in two of the last four years and are both 10/3 to go up finally.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication