League Two title odds: Salford clear favourites for glory
The League Two fixtures have been released so we’ve taken a look at the League Two title odds for the new season which gets under way on August 7.
Salford failed to make it to the play-offs last season, finishing a couple of points behind seventh-placed Tranmere, but they are the red-hot favourites at 6/1 to win League Two.
Cheltenham were surprise champions in the 2020-21 campaign, so let’s see if there could be another shock in the League Two title odds.
Ammies head field
Salford, owned by David Beckham, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs and Peter Lim, sacked manager Richie Wellens in March just five months into his reign and was replaced by Gary Bowyer, who signed a short-term deal from Derby U23s.
But the former Blackburn, Blackpool and Bradford boss penned a two-year contract in May after helping the Ammies take 20 points from the final 11 games and starts his reign at home to Leyton Orient.
Bristol Rovers were relegated from League One last season but Joey Barton has been busy signing new recruits as well as dealing with the stress of his high-profile court case.
The Pirates have signed Carlisle left-back Nick Anderton, Fleetwood midfielders Paul Coutts and Sam Finley, plus Accrington defender Mark Hughes, while Stoke teenager Connor Taylor has joined on loan.
Rovers concluded the season with five successive defeats without scoring to finish bottom of the table and released 12 players as a consequence but they are 11/1 in the League Two title odds and start with a trip to Mansfield.
Bradford are next in the betting at 12/1 as they get their season under way at Exeter.
Derek Adams led Morecambe to League One via the play-offs last season but instead of having a crack at the third tier he signed a three-year deal with the Bantams and has already been busy in the transfer market.
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) June 22, 2021
Andy Cook has made his loan deal from Mansfield permanent while strikers Abo Eisa and Lee Angol have joined as free agents from Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient, with Oscar Threlkeld signing from Salford.
Newport, beaten by the Shrimps in the play-off final, start the season at Oldham and are 16/1 in the League Two title odds.
Exiles boss Michael Flynn lost midfielders Josh Sheehan and Joss Labadie to Bolton and Walsall respectively while striker Tristan Abrahams joined Carlisle but Ed Upson has been added to the squad following his release by Bristol Rovers and more signings are expected.
🗣 @EdUpson: "After speaking to the manager about coming down, it was a no-brainer for me to sign here and try to bring success to the club. Everyone I’ve spoken to about the club has spoken highly of it and I’m looking forward to the season ahead."#OneClubOneCounty pic.twitter.com/5f28c0uLRY
— Newport County AFC (@NewportCounty) June 20, 2021
Forest Green and Tranmere were the other two teams that made it to the play-offs and they are both available at 14/1 to win the division as they start their campaigns with home fixtures against National League champions Sutton United and Walsall respectively.
Rovers sacked manager Mark Cooper in April despite the club being sixth in the table and although they won their last two games to finish in sixth spot, they missed out on the final after a remarkable comeback by Newport who scored the decisive goal a minute from the end of extra time.
Former Wales defender Rob Edwards is the new man at the helm and he has tied down several players from last season to new deals as well as bringing in midfielders Regan Hendry, Ben Stevenson and Opi Edwards from Raith, Colchester and Bristol City respectively.
Tranmere had a farcical end to the season, sacking manager Keith Hill just before the play-offs after a run of two wins from 11 games.
📺 @joshDCogley gave his first interview at The Campus today!
— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) June 23, 2021
Mickey Mellon is back for a second spell as Rovers boss and he has been busy in the transfer market, although striker James Vaughan has retired.
Hartlepool are back in the Football League after a nine-year absence and host Crawley in their opening game priced at 40/1 in the League Two title odds, the same as Sutton.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication