If last season proved anything, it’s that fans would be silly to sleep on League Two. Outside of a fairly predictable relegation race, the division had everything, providing players with one of the most memorable and exciting closing days in the division’s history. This year sees the long-awaited return of a Football League favorite, some serious investment across the division, and what promises to be yet another exciting promotion battle. Let’s take a look at some of the best odds available before rounding off with our own predictions for the league in this EFL League Two betting guide.
EFL League Two Winner
For the third consecutive season, Salford finds themselves as one of the favourites in the League Two Betting odds, and for the second year in a row, we are going to suggest avoiding them. The Ammies have not even reached the playoffs in the last three campaigns, and with an inexperienced manager and a total squad turnover, there is little to suggest that they are worth taking a punt on.
The other two teams who are top of the odds are old-boys Bradford City and Stockport County, making their EFL return after over a decade’s absence. County looks the stronger of the two teams and are our picks for the League Title. At 7.00 with Unibet and other popular bookmakers, they are definitely the best side to back. David Challinor has done a brilliant job since taking over and he has continued to build on a strong squad with the likes of Kyle Wooton and Fraser Horsfall. County will definitely make the top 3 and are clear favorites to lift the trophy.
Bradford City are the other favorites and are going to be an interesting side to watch. Last season, most tipsters, myself included, fancied them to perform under Derek Adams, but they totally flopped and ended up mid-table. Mark Hughes is now in charge and he is easily the most accomplished manager in the division. The club have been super busy and while there is plenty of room for success, we can’t see them lifting the trophy this season.
Our Top Picks:
- Stockport County (7.00)
EFL League Two Promotion Race
The promotion race in League Two this year promises to be a thriller. This is arguably the toughest of the three divisions to call, with any number of teams able to secure a promotion spot. Last year, we backed Port Vale to succeed, and they delivered thanks to a dominant display in the Play-Off Final.
Their defeated opponents Mansfield will be hoping to finally break their promotion curse. They’ve been knocking on the door for what feels like an eternity and they will hope to finally succeed this year. They are priced at 3.25 with Bet365 and we think this is the year they finally do it. - though, knowing their record, they will probably do this the hard way through the play-offs. Another team who will be hoping to bounce back from last season’s disappointment is Northampton Town. The Cobblers had automatic promotion taken from them on the last day of the season when Bristol Rovers pulled off an unlikely 7-0 win. They can be found at 4.00 and can never be counted out.
Elsewhere, the relegated sides will look to bounce back. Gillingham and Doncaster can be found at 6.5 and 5.5 respectively. Both sides have performed well historically at this level and will want to bounce back at the first time of asking. Gillingham, in particular, have a great manager in the way of Neil Harris and will want to reclaim their status in League One after one of the longest spells in the division.
Our Top Picks:
- Mansfield Town (3.25)
- Northampton Town (4.00)
- Gillingham (6.5)
- Doncaster Rovers (5.5)
EFL League Two Betting for Relegation
This time last year, Scunthorpe United were the easy picks for relegation to the National League, and the Irons didn’t fail to deliver after an abysmal campaign. There is no candidate quite as obvious as them this season, but you do have to wonder when Barrow’s days are going to be numbered. The Bluebirds had a poor campaign last year and stayed up because the two teams lower than them were horrendous. Their best odds are out at 4.5 with William Hill and this is definitely something that we recommend backing
Elsewhere, things are not quite so clear. Rochdale is a poor side and is tipped to struggle by bookmakers. They can be found out at 6.00 with some bookmakers. Hartlepool can be found at similar odds. The Pools finished the season in terrible form, and if they don’t start the season well after a summer of poor recruitment, a return to the National League after just two years could be worth a punt.
The division's smaller sides - Harrogate and Sutton, will also attract some interest down the wrong end of the table. Sutton surpassed all expectations in their maiden Football League campaign and will probably be clear this season. Harrogate is looking less assured and could be worth a bet at 6.00 with Bet Victor.
Our Top Picks:
- Barrow (4.5)
- Rochdale (6.00)
- Harrogate (6.00)
EFL League Two Top Scorer
There are some seriously talented strikers that will be appearing in League Two this campaign. One name that will immediately jump out is the returning Paddy Madden at Stockport County. Madden has become a talismanic figure at the club, and his experience at this level will be vital to the team’s success. He can be found at 11.00 with Boyle Sports, which we think is fantastic value. His main competitor is likely to be Dom Telford. Telford was the league’s top scorer and he shocked everyone this summer when he left Newport to sign for Crawley Town. This move, which has likely been motivated by the club’s crypto-centric takeover, is a risky one, and it’s one we think could backfire. He can be found at the same odds as Madden. Other names to watch out for will be Kyle Wooton, also of Stockport County, and Vadiane Oliver at Bradford. As newer signings with plenty of competition though, it is not quite clear how they will fit in with their sides yet. They can be found at 17.00 and 13.00 respectively.
Our Top Picks:
Paddy Madden - Stockport County (11.00)
Kyle Wooton - Stockport County (17.00)
Vadaine Oliver - Bradford City (13.00)
EFL League Two Betting Dark Horses
League Two is very tight, and it really does feel like any number of teams could win the league or seal promotion. Doncaster and Gillingham can both be found at 19.00 with William Hill to win the league, and either of them could be worth a punt, especially on an each-way bet. Elsewhere, Walsall could be a new side under Michael Flynn, and they can be found at 6.00 to get promoted. Flynn has a brilliant record in the division and will want to finally get a promotion under his belt. The club has also had some huge investments from the States this summer which has seen an increase in ticket sales. We also like the look of Crewe as potential relegation candidates at 10.00. The Railwaymen were poor in League One last season, and while a drop into non-league would be disastrous, it wouldn’t be too outside of the realms of possibility if they carry their bad form over with them at the start of the campaign.
Our Top Picks:
- Walsall, Promotion (6.00)
- Crewe Alexandra, Relegation (10.00)
- Gillingham or Doncaster Champions (19.00) or E/W
GoodLuckMate’s League 2 Predictions
So we’ve gone through some of the best odds available across the division’s key markets, now let’s put our neck on the line with our predictions for how the league is going to play out.
- Champions: Stockport
- Automatics: Bradford, Gillingham
- Play-Offs: Mansfield, Northampton, Doncaster, Walsall
- Relegated: Rochdale, Barrow
- Top Scorer: Paddy Madden
All EFL League Two betting odds were correct at the time of writing - July 25th, 2022.