Football League Betting Preview03/08/2018
The Football League gets underway this weekend as domestic football returns to England and there are some fantastic fixtures for us to look forward to over the coming days. However, rather than preview the fixtures, we thought we would take more of a long-lens approach and come up with some bets which will hopefully keep you interested through the course of the season.
In the Championship, Stoke City (5/1 outright winner with Betfred) look the team to beat and they should make a good fist of bouncing back at the first attempt. The vast amount of parachute payment money means that the Potters can outspend the majority of their arrivals and the additions of Ashley Williams, James McLean, Benik Afobe and Tom Ince should mean they have the quality to get back up.
In the season handicap market, Preston North End look like they could be a tempting bet. The Deepdale outfit finished in seventh spot last year and with Alex Neil’s side going off a mark of +22, they could be a tempting option at 12/1.
Matej Vydra was last season’s top goalscorer in the Championship, but he has had an unsettled summer and we like the look of a value pick. Swansea City extended the contract of Oli McBurnie over the summer amid interest from both sides of the border and he could go well this year. The Swansea hitman was bang in form for a poor Barnsley team during a loan spell last season. A price of 25/1 is too tempting to miss and with Betfred paying four places, there is plenty of E/W value as well.
With Sunderland set to battle it out in League One, there is sure to be plenty of interest as the Wearsiders look to come back strong this year under new gaffer Jack Ross. However, it is another relegated side who have caught our eye and that is Barnsley (8/1 to win outright). The Yorkshire side have kept the majority of last season’s squad together and should have too much about them for the third tier, especially with Kieffer Moore and Tom Bradshaw (12/1 top scorer) up top.
Another Yorkshire side who could go well are Bradford City (7/1 to get promoted) and after a torrid end to last season, the ship looks to have steadied a little at Valley Parade. The Bantams have made some handy signings and the likes of Sean Scannell are a cut above this level. 11/10 on the West Yorkshire side to make the top half looks to be excellent value.
At the other end of the table, we reckon that Blackpool will drop out of the league (7/2 to get relegated). The Tangerines are far from a happy camp off the pitch and Gary Bowyer would be doing a brilliant job if he were to keep them up.
With Paul Tisdale at the helm, we fancy MK Dons to top the league (11/2 outright winner) and go straight back up. The Dons are another whose squad is strong on paper and again, they should be a cut above the rest of the league. But who will be joining them? Kevin Nolan’s Notts County side have added well and after trailing off at the end of last season, the oldest club in the world could have enough about them to reach the third tier (13/8 to be promoted).
In the top goalscorer market, John Akinde (8/1 to be top goalscorer) will almost certainly be a name to watch out for. The 29-year-old Londoner regularly scored for Barnet and having linked up with upwardly mobile Lincoln City, he could make a real splash this season.
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