Last week we looked at the League Two promotion and title markets, advising a bet on Lincoln City, so this time we turn our attention to League One with the action beginning on Saturday.
We have already danced around this section previously, advising a wager on Oxford United to be relegated at +2000 and for the university city to endure a bottom-half finish. So now it is prescient to peruse the promotion odds for the league. And there is a solid chance the bookies could be caught out by a couple of teams who have outperformed the rest in terms of talent acquisition in the summer.
The first bet we would suggest is Fleetwood Town to be promoted at +900 with BetVictor. This shouldn’t come as that big a surprise. Last season Fleetwood finished fourth, just four points behind Bolton Wanderers who were promoted automatically.
Now, you would be right to wonder why a team which has done so well is not deserving of more respect. There are an astonishing 12 clubs listed ahead of Fleetwood on this market. So why are they a forgotten team?
It’s probable that because Fleetwood is a nondescript town in a rundown part of the UK they are considered unfashionable. Indeed, they are a tiny club by comparison to most teams even in the league below. They had an average attendance of just over 3,000 which comfortably made them the worst supported club in the section.
Yet they have terrific financial backing in terms of an owner with very deep pockets and are outmuscling most in terms of spending. The clue to that is the signings they have made.
First up was the capture of Conor McAleny from Everton, who was on close to £10,000 a week. McAleny was a sought-after striker having netted an incredible ten goals in 14 starts at Oxford. The 24-year-old has a deadly shot on him and routinely whacked it in from 20 yards or so, almost single-handedly reviving an unlikely play-off push.
Other impressive additions include Leeds full-back Lewie Coyle and Burnley midfielder Aiden O’Neill. Having strengthened so well we would be extremely surprised if they didn’t at least make the play-offs.
They have a wealth of forward options with goal-hungry Chris Maguire, Nicky Ajose and the experienced Jermaine Beckford. The latter pair will form a potent threat up front while Maguire will float behind causing chaos. His ability from free kicks should be worth at least five goals a season.