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League Two preview: The Best Bet in the race for the title

| 05.08.2011

With just days until the start of the new League Two season we give the lowdown on the runners and riders we expect to take the headlines in the title betting this season.

Crawley Town will dominate the League Two headlines for most of the season and with the financial backing they have, it’s difficult to see them not challenging for the league this season.

The prolific Matt Tubbs will be joined up front by Wesley Thomas, a man who netted 18 times for Cheltenham Town last season and Steve Evans’ side have a very balanced look to them this season.

However at 3/1 they are very short and considering only one favourite has won in the last 10 seasons, coupled with the fact six of the last seven Conference winners have finished in the bottom half means they offer up very little value.

Of the four relegated teams from League One last season it’s Bristol Rovers (9/1) and Swindon Town (10/1) who are favoured to prosper.

Preference is for Paul Buckle’s Bristol Rovers side and having secured last season’s League Two play-off winning manager, the Pirates can be expected to go close this season.

They may have been relegated but Rovers’ form improved dramatically in the second half of the season and with the introduction of 12 new faces, Buckle’s side are serious title challengers.

Under the guidance of Paolo Di Canio Swindon’s season is up in the air and with so much hinging on Di Canio in his first managerial job, it’s worth looking elsewhere.

Rotherham United look a big price at 16/1 having secure the managerial nous of Andy Scott, a winner of the League Two title in the 2008/09 season and if they can hold on to Adam le Fondre, they are in with a great shout.

However the preference is for Shrewsbury Town at 14/1 who were easily the best club in League Two not to be promoted last season and the clubs that have arrived in the division shouldn’t worry them.

Having kept most of their key men the Shrewsbury squad is relatively unchanged from last season and they are out pick to be crowned champions at the end of the season.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.