League One promotion odds: Pilgrims 7/1 to move on up
League One promotion odds and preview
The international break has given us the chance to update the League One promotion odds and there are plenty of candidates, with just eight points separating the top 12 teams.
Plymouth moved to the top of the table with a 2-1 win against Burton but they can still be backed at 7/1 to secure a place in the Championship next season.
Sunderland and Wigan remain the 8/11 and 5/4 favourites respectively despite dropping out of the top two on the back of a free weekend, so let’s look at some of the others in the running to be promoted.
The Millers cemented fifth place with a 2-0 win at Cheltenham at the start of the month to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
After the game manager Paul Warne said: “I always want perfection and thought we were a little sloppy at times, but their keeper kept them in it. The overall scoreline could have been 5-1.”
Tough tests against Wycombe and Sunderland await this month so perhaps it’s worth waiting until they have faced those two to get a better picture of their promotion chances which are priced at 6/4.
The Chairboys took advantage of a free weekend for Sunderland and Wigan by moving into the automatic promotion spots thanks to a 2-0 victory over Gillingham to maintain their perfect record at Adams Park.
Backed by the 12th man behind him in the terrace, @stockogk1313 played his part in a vital clean sheet and club-record breaking victory today.
— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) October 9, 2021
Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “It’s taken a few years, but we really feel we have this home advantage at times. I’m not telling you exactly what I say to the boys, but we use this place as a fortress.”
Wycombe have won their last three games and can be backed at 2/1 in the League One promotion odds.
The Pilgrims extended their unbeaten run to 11 games last weekend after which manager Ryan Lowe said: “We are on our way back to being a sustainable Championship club. That’s the ambition of the club and that’s why I’m here.”
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) October 9, 2021
Plymouth’s only defeat came on the opening weekend at Rotherham, but they have yet to face any of the top four teams, all of which come in a three-week spell from the end of November, so we will be in a better place to judge them once they have played Sunderland, Wigan and Wycombe.
The Owls bounced back from their defeat by Oxford with a 1-0 victory over Bolton last weekend to move into the top 10.
However, Darren Moore lost Sam Hutchinson and Lewis Gibson to injury against a team he described as “the best team we’ve played this season”.
Results have been patchy this season, but Wednesday are fifth favourites at 11/5 in the League One promotion odds.
Best of the rest
MK Dons lost at bottom-of-the-table Doncaster last time but they’re still in the promotion picture in sixth place having beaten Wycombe last month and can be backed at 10/3 to go up at the end of the season.
Oxford are one place and a point behind MK Dons having taken seven points from their last three games, but are 4/1 to move up a division.
Portsmouth destroyed Sunderland 4-0 in monsoon conditions last time out and are 5/1 in the League One promotion odds, while Ipswich are on an upward trajectory having won three of their last five games to move towards the top half of the table. The Tractor Boys are 7/1 to go up.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication