League Two 17/18 Betting Tips & Odds

League Two 17/18 Betting Tips & Odds

League Two

League Two 17/18 Betting Tips & Odds

Promotion Contenders

Mansfield Town:

Transfers/Loans In: Lee Angol, Paul Anderson, Will Atkinson, Zander Diamond, Paul Digby, Johnny Hunt, Conrad Logan, Jacob Mellis, David Mirfin, Bobby Olejnik, Jimmy Spencer, Omari Sterling-James, Hayden White.

Transfers/Loans Out: Yoann Arquin, James Baxendale, Lee Collins, Matt Green, Ashley Hemmings, Pat Hoban, Kevan Hurst, Brian Jenson, Jamie McGuire, Scott Shearer, Corbin Shires. 

Mansfield Town are the pre-season promotion favourites in League Two and it’s easy to see why. The Stags have made great progress over the last nine months since the arrival of marmite character Steve Evans as the clubs manager back in November. The 54 year-old’s appointment was seen as something as a coup by the clubs owner John Radford and he’s developed them into one of the divisions most talked about sides. When he took over they were nervously looking over their shoulder but they ended the campaign just four points away from the play-offs, with the race for that all important seventh spot going down to the final day. They finished the 16/17 season as one the fourth tiers in-form sides and they’ll be looking to carry through that momentum into the new season.

Evans knows exactly what it takes to win promotion with four on his CV already and his side look in extremely good stead to make it five this time round. He’s been backed heavily in the transfer market bringing in no fewer than thirteen players, with some eye catching names. The likes of David Mirfin, Zander Diamond, Will Atkinson and Jacob Mellis look like fantastic captures for The Stags, adding to an already talented squad. Evans has great depth at his disposal and the funds are still there to delve even deeper into the market if needs be. They look so strong on paper and we see them as certainties for promotion into League One and serious contenders for the title.

Recommended Bet: Mansfield Town to win the League Two title (Best Priced at 11/2 at betway) BET HERE

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The arrival of Jacob Mellis could prove to be a huge coup for The Stags

Luton Town:

Transfers/Loans In: Alan McCormack, James Shea, Jack Stacey, Marek Stech, Andrew Shinnie, Elliot Lee, James Collins.

Transfers/Loans Out: Jack Marriott, Zane Banton, Craig Mackail-Smith, Stephen O’Donnell, Jake Gray, Cameron McGeenhan, Liam Gooch, Danny Green.

Luton Town are all set for a fourth season in League Two and there’s more pressure on them than ever before to claim that illusive promotion back into the third tier. They finished up in fourth position last term before agonisingly exiting the play-offs to eventual winners Blackpool 6-5 on aggregate. The Hatters’ board has decided to stick with boss Nathan Jones who’s lead them to season-on-season progression (11th & 4th) since replacing John Still last January and their supporters will be looking to them to take the next step and break into the top three. Along with Mansfield, they’re blessed with one of the divisions biggest budgets and they have some excellent players on their books already. The likes of Alan Sheehan, Isaac Vassell and Danny Hylton are all proven this level, with the latter bagging an impressive 27 goals in his first year at Kenilworth Road.

But last years failure to win promotion into the third tier came at a price, with them losing two of their star performers. Jack Marriott and Cameroon McGeehan both left for pastures new, which put some pressure on Jones to bring in adequate replacements – which we think he’s done. Crawley Town striker James Collins joined on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee which looks like an excellent piece of business. He hit the back of the net 20 times for the Red Devils last season and Town fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of him and Hylton linking up together. And the arrival of Birmingham man Andrew Shinnie looks like a bit of a coup by the club too, the attacking midfielder isn’t the most prolific of players but he will give them some real class in the no. 10 position which should allow their strikers to flourish. They’re still active in the transfer market and if they contain to add players of the same calibre we can see them finally claiming the promotion they crave.

Recommended Bet: Luton Town to finish in the top three (Best Priced at 9/4 at SkyBet) BET HERE

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Luton have added some serious firepower to their side with the addition of James Collins, the 26 year-old scored 20 league goals in a struggling Crawley side last term

Lincoln City:

Transfers/Loans In: Josh Vickers, Billy Knott, Matt Green, Josh Ginnelly, Jordan Maguire-Drew, Ollie Palmer, Sean Long, Harry Anderson, Michael Bostwick.

Transfers/Loans Out: Terry Hawkridge, Alan Power, Craig Stanley, Alex Simmons, Jamie McCombe, Kegan Everington, Taylor Miles, Richard Walton, Jack Muldoon, Andy Wright, Elliot Hodge, Jenk Acar.

It’s been a whirlwind twelve months for everyone involved with Lincoln City Football Club. The appointment of Danny and Nicky Cowley as the clubs management team has completely transformed the club, going from mid-table in the National League to Champions and FA Cup quarter-finals. 16/17 went beyond every fans wildest dreams but the Cowley’s have made it clear this is just the beginning, as they look to build on one of the clubs greatest ever seasons. The Imps’ success last year has allowed them to build one of the divisions most competitive budgets and with plenty of momentum behind them it seems like the only way is up for the Sincil Bank based club. And their supporters will be hoping they can replicate the success that the likes of Bristol Rovers, Crawley and Fleetwood achieved in winning back-to-back promotions.

They had a slow start to the summer in terms of transfers, but they’ve more than made up for it over the last few weeks. The Cowley’s have built a squad packed full of youth and experience which has put them right at the top of the pecking order in terms of promotion odds. The signings of Matt Green, Ollie Palmer and Michael Bostwick look very good on paper, with the latter dropping down from League One to join the Imps’ revolution. The return of Josh Ginnelly on loan from Burnley has also been very well received after impressing on loan last term. They have lost three key players from last years success in Terry Hawkridge, Alan Power and Jack Muldoon but we can still see Lincoln having enough to make it back-to-back promotions. We’re expecting them to be very active up till deadline day in terms of transfers and with the feel good factor currently around the club, they’ll certainly take some stopping.

Recommended Bet: Lincoln City to win promotion (Best Priced at 11/4 at bet365) BET HERE

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Lincoln City look in great shape to achieve back-to-back promotions

In Danger

Crawley Town:

Transfers/Loans In: Mark Randall, Dennon Lewis, Panutche Camara, Dannie Bulman, Cedric Evina, Moussa Sanoh, Thomas Verheydt.

Transfers/Loans Out: Jason Banton, James Collins, Conor Henderson, Bobson Bawling.

It’s been a tough couple of seasons for Crawley Town fans and it looks like this could prove to be another one to forget. The Red Devils have finished in 20th and 19th since returning to the fourth tier back in 2015 and they have a real fight on their hands beating the drop again. Their performances last season resulted in boss Dermot Drummy being dismissed and replaced by former Liverpool and Leeds United man Harry Kewell who has a huge job on his hands. It’s his first manager role in senior football and it could prove to be a very steep learning curve for the Australian, who’s struggled to do as much business over the summer as he would’ve liked.

Mark Randall and Cedric Evina are the standout arrivals but the man news was the departure of last seasons top scorer James Collins to Luton. The 26 year-old fired in 20 goals for the Red Devils last term and it’s scary to think where they would’ve ended up without him. There’s pressure on Kewell to replace all those goals and he’s struggled to do it as of yet, with goal scorers at any level of the game hard to come by. This coupled with their leaky backline which let in a huge 71 goals last season makes us think they’re strong contenders for relegation and we’re backing them to fall into non-league.

Recommended Bet: Crawley Town to be relegated (Best Priced at 4/1 at bet365) BET HERE

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Harry Kewell has certainly thrown himself into the deep end by taking the Crawley job

Newport County:

Transfers/Loans In: Frank Nouble, Robbie Willmott, Lamar Reynolds, David Pipe, Matt Dolan.

Transfers/Loans Out: Kieran Parselle, Craig Reid, Lenell John-Lewis, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Darren Jones, Marcus Beauchamp, Ryan Bird, Mark Randall, Mitch Rose, Jack Compton, Liam Angel, Tom Meechan, Paul Bignot, Finlay Wood.

Ever since Newport won promotion into the Football League back in 2013 they’ve always been favourites for the drop, but they’ve somehow managed to stay up. Last seasons fight against the drop was one of the stories of the year, somehow managing to condemn Hartlepool to the National League on the last day of the campaign after a magnificent run of form. Mike Flynn masterminded their great escape and now he’ll be looking to avoid all that drama this time round, which will be some effort. He seemingly did the impossible in keeping them up but we’re expecting them to struggle to again this time round. They have one of the smallest budgets in the division and they now have one of the smallest squads, after losing several key players over the summer.

The likes of Mark Randall, Ryan Bird and Mitch Rose all chose to leave the club and it’s left Flynn with a squad of just 19 players ahead of a potential 50+ game season. He needs to act fast in the window and despite adding plenty of experience in the window, the supporters’ spirits won’t be particularly high as they look to avoid another relegation battle. David Pipe and Matt Dolan look like solid additions, but they’re severely lacking in numbers and it will be hard to convince players to make the move to Rodney Parade after their struggles in recent years gone by – which makes the threat of relegation loom large.

Recommended Bet: Newport County to be relegated (Best Priced at 9/2 at SkyBet) BET HERE

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Newport’s last gasp survival sparked fantastic scenes on the final day of the 16/17 season, but their supporters will be desperate for them to avoid yet another relegation battle

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