League One Latest Odds: Title Winner, Promotion & Relegation

League One Latest Odds: Title Winner, Promotion & Relegation

Most teams in League One have now played over 30 matches in the 2018/19 campaign, and are beginning to enter the home straight. There is still plenty to play for and we’ve rounded up the latest odds on who will win the title, who will be promoted and who will suffer relegation.

Title Winner – Portsmouth’s odds drifting

The odds for who will win the League One title have changed dramatically in the last month. On Boxing Day Portsmouth led the way in the table and were as short as 5/4 with some bookmakers to win the title, but a run of four matches without a win, including three defeats has seen them drop down to third in the table and their odds have drifted out dramatically to 7/1 with almost every bookie.

Luton have taken their place at the summit of the table, they are currently six points clear and are now odds-on to win the title best priced at 5/6 with Betway, down from 5/2 just three weeks ago. The Hatters have been in great form and losing manager Nathan Jones hasn’t affected them at all, with Mick Harford continuing the excellent work in caretaker charge and now being odds-on to get the job until the end of the season. They are now 18 matches unbeaten in the league, winning 14 of those.

Barnsley are the second favourites with bookmakers to win League One with BetVictor currently offering the best price at 18/5. Unsurprisingly the South Yorkshire side currently occupy second place in the table and they too are enjoying a strong run of form going unbeaten in their last 10, winning seven. Daniel Stendel is doing an excellent job with the Tykes and their recent history of gaining promotion from this level – they won the play-offs in 2016 – could stand them in good stead.

Daniel Stendel is enjoying an excellent first season as Barnsley manager.

The only other team considered to still be in with a chance of the title is Sunderland, who currently find themselves in fourth place. They currently sit nine points adrift of leaders Luton which seems a lot, but you have to factor in that they have three games in hand over the Hatters so that gap could be narrowed significantly in the coming weeks. The Black Cats are third in the betting to win the title at 4/1 with most bookmakers, but considering the games in hand they have and the fact that they have lost just one of their last 20 League One matches you cannot write them off.

Promotion Odds – Peterborough no longer fancied

In terms of promotion, Luton are a massive 1/8 to go up with BetVictor, whilst Barnsley, Sunderland and Portsmouth are also all odds-on at 8/15, 4/6 and 5/6 respectively (all with Sky Bet).

As for some of the outsiders, fifth placed Charlton are certainly in the running and are currently 4/1 with Sky Bet to be promoted. The Addicks, managed by former Newcastle and Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer, suffered a first defeat in six on Saturday against Fleetwood Town and so automatic promotion looks a stretch for them. But they play-offs could be their way up, they currently sit seven points clear of seventh and with them having such a strong home record – they have won seven of their last nine at the Valley – they should remain in the top six.

Lyle Taylor’s goals could be crucial to Charlton Athletic’s promotion push.

Peterborough currently occupy the final play-off place and will hope that a change in manager ensures they remain there. The Posh sacked Steve Evans last week and replaced him with Darren Ferguson who has of course led them to promotion from League One in the past. He didn’t make a great start though, losing 1-0 at home to Plymouth Argyle at the weekend. They have now won just two of their last 11 league matches and as a result their odds to be promoted have drifted drastically, going from 9/2 at the start of December to now being a huge 20/1 with bet365.

Just behind Posh are Doncaster Rovers, who sit two points adrift of their rivals in seventh. Grant McCann’s side have the advantage of two games in hand over Peterborough though, which is why bookmakers consider them far more likely to win promotion this season. Indeed Rovers are best priced at 6/1 to be promoted with bet365, considerably lower than the odds offered for Peterborough. Victory in just one of their games in hand would be enough for Doncaster to leapfrog Posh into the top six, and interestingly the two go head-to-head next weekend at the Keepmoat Stadium in what could be a pivotal clash.

Relegation – AFC Wimbledon almost certs to go down

It’s looking bleak for AFC Wimbledon who are now as low as 1/14 to be relegated with bet365. The Dons were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland on Saturday which was third straight League One defeat and sixth match without victory. That leaves them nine points adrift of safety, and whilst they have produced some good performances in the FA Cup including knocking out West Ham their league form doesn’t look like changing any time soon.

Shrewsbury Town are currently second from bottom as they continue to plummet down the table. Last season’s play-off finalists had been mid-table just weeks ago, but a run of just one win in their last 10 has seen them fall into relegation contention. Like their league position, their odds to be relegated have also been dropping and are now 9/4 to drop into League Two – they were 10/1 on Boxing Day. However, there are several other clubs priced shorter than the Shrews to be relegated so bookmakers obviously fancy them to get out of trouble.

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Gillingham and Bradford City are two of the clubs whose price suggests that bookies think they will be relegated. Both are odds-on to go down with BetVictor at 10/11 and 4/6 respectively, Bradford currently sit in the bottom four so that is understandable but the Gills are in 19th so they are fancied to drop into the danger zone.

Rochdale are the other club tipped to go down, they are 17th but have been struggling of late and shipping goals left, right and centre. They are 15/8 to be relegated with BetVictor which is way down from the 10/1 odds you could get just a month ago. Plymouth Argyle, Bristol Rovers, Walsall and Oxford United are all also in the mix, they all have odds between 7/4 and 10/3 and also have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid the drop.

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