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League 2 Tips 2015/16

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Northampton Town (ew)League 2 – To Win Outright16/1Bet365, Sky Bet
Crawley TownLeague 2 – To Be Relegated9/1Bet365, Titanbet

This season the football league sponsors Sky Bet are offering each-way terms of four places for all outright football league winner bets (just 3 places elsewhere).

Portsmouth

Portsmouth FCPortsmouth are the firm favourites to win the Sky Bet League 2 title with bookmakers ready to believe the club are finally set to leave the dark days of their various financial crises behind them.

Pompey have lured Paul Cook to Fratton Park after an impressive spell at Chesterfield and have brought in a host of new signings.

It’s a tall order to improve so drastically on last season’s 16th place finish, but Gary Roberts, Michael Doyle, Adam McGurk and Jayden Stockley should all be a cut above this level and the south coast club have last season’s top League 2 scorer in Matt Tubbs, who is favourite for that accolade for a second successive year.

The best odds around for Portsmouth to win the title are 4/1 with William Hill, while Tubbs is 8/1 with Bet365 to outscore the rest of the division.

Luton Town

LTFCOxford United, who finished last season in fine form, were well backed earlier in the summer, but after getting some impressive transfer business done, Luton Town are now the flavour of the month. John Still’s side went into meltdown last spring after getting themselves into a good position for back to back promotions, failing to even get into the play-offs.

Danny Green, who shone under Still at Dagenham & Redbridge, experienced central defender Magnus Okuonghae and the talented but unpredictable winger Paddy McCourt should all add extra dimensions to Luton’s squad, while they will stand out even more if they can get a deal over the line for former Peterborough striker Craig Mackail-Smith. From 14/1 at the start of July, the Hatters are now a best price of 8/1 with Bet365, with several firms going 6s.

Leyton Orient

lofcLeyton Orient are listed among the frontrunners in the betting by the bookies but they have lost several key players – most notably their strikers – without making significant additions and although new signings may yet arrive at Brisbane Road they are currently one to avoid at best odds of 12/1 with Bet365Coral and Sky Bet.

Cambridge United

cufcCambridge have snapped up Southend’s leading scorer Barry Corr and their own former midfield favourite Luke Berry, together with dangerous wide man Jeff Hughes, and at 16/1 with Sky Bet they are an interesting each-way proposition with those 4 places.

Notts County

ncfcSurprises may also be in store from Notts County, who have brought in a manager and several new signings who are all new to English football. They are League 2’s most unpredictable club this summer and can be backed at stand-out odds of 18/1 with Coral (12/1 elsewhere).

Northampton Town

NTFCA safer bet at 16/1 may be Northampton Town, who finished 12th last season after a scrape with relegation the year before. It has taken some time for their well-regarded manager Chris Wilder to get them going, but they won 15 home games last season which gives some indication to how much of a force they could become.

Wilder has brought in several players he has worked with before and knows can do a job at League 2 level – David Buchanan, Nicky Adams and Alfie Potter have the potential to be mainstays in a promotion-winning team. If Wilder can find a reliable partner for top scorer Marc Richards, they could challenge for the title.

Top Goalscorer

Richards is the joint second favourite with Plymouth’s Reuben Reid at 12/1 in the top scorer betting and both men should be capable of getting up towards 20 goals once again. In truth, though, it’s not a division where too many names stand out and with such a high turnover of players through the season it’s tough to recommend anyone at a big price. Tubbs is unlikely to move on again and should win in this market.

Relegation

Crawley-TownOf more interest is the relegation market, where Crawley Town are a stand-out at 9/1 with Bet365 following their drop from League 1 in May. With top scorer Izale McLeod, their only shining light last season, likely to depart, they look ill-equipped for the challenge.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Northampton Town (ew)League 2 – To Win Outright16/1Bet365, Sky Bet
Crawley TownLeague 2 – To Be Relegated9/1Bet365, Titanbet