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League One title odds: Latics in driving seat in tight division

| 25.01.2022

League One title odds and contenders

The League One title race currently sees Wigan leading on goal difference with an opportunity to build a cushion at the top.

The Latics, 10/11 favourites in the League One title odds, have four games in hand over second-placed Sunderland and two over Rotherham, who are a point behind in third. Wycombe are just two points behind the Latics in fourth spot.

It promises to be a thrilling climax to the season so we’re looking at the title contenders and their odds as we head towards the final few months of the campaign.

Wigan

Leam Richardson’s men are on a considerable roll, with Saturday’s 3-2 win over Gillingham their eighth victory in a 10-game unbeaten run.

Mid-to-late February could be an interesting time for their title bid, with Wigan scheduled to face promotion rivals Rotherham, Wycombe and Sunderland in successive fixtures.

Following the Gillingham match, Richardson – whose team won via a Will Keane goal after the visitors had battled back from two goals down to level– said: “You’ve just got to keep believing in what you’re doing, and that’s what we do.”

Rotherham

The Millers’ League One title odds are now 6/4 having beat Cheltenham 1-0 at the New York Stadium on Saturday courtesy of Michael Smith’s 15th goal of the season.

While that result extended their winning streak at home to six matches, Paul Warne’s side have lost each of their last two away games, 1-0 at Accrington and strugglers Fleetwood. They have a chance to make amends this weekend when they visit third-from-bottom Crewe.

Sunderland

Sunderland are 11/2 to be crowned champions after beating Portsmouth 1-0 at home on Saturday to end a three-game winless run. The injury-hit Black Cats, though, have only lost once in 13 outings, and only goal difference is keeping them off top spot.

In Ross Stewart, they have the division’s top scorer with 18 goals this season, seven of which have come in his last six appearances, and Sunderland have strengthened their squad during the transfer window.

Stoke defender Danny Batth made his debut against Pompey and winger Patrick Roberts joined from Manchester City on an initial six-month deal, although he was not in the squad on Saturday.

Boss Lee Johnson said after the “hard-earned” win over Portsmouth: “Look at how many players we’ve got out of the team today. We could be really special if we get them back.”

Wycombe

Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Morecambe was just a second defeat in 11 for Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe, who had topped the table heading into the game but are available at 10/1 in the League One title odds.

The Chairboys led twice through Adebayo Akinfenwa and Jack Grimmer, but Cole Stockton’s winner midway through the second half sealed the points for the strugglers.

“We have been on a good run, so I’m not going to panic,” Ainsworth said after the match at the Mazuma Stadium.

Best of the rest

The two teams directly below Wycombe are MK Dons – who they host on Saturday – and Oxford, both of whom are six points worse off than the Chairboys having played a game fewer.

Oxford are 50/1 for the title, while it is 80/1 for MK Dons, the same odds as seventh-placed Plymouth.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Stuart Walker