League One Betting Preview 2011/12
League 1 last year was a one horse race, dominated and won comfortably by Gus Poyet’s Brighton, with Southampton and Peterborough joining them in promotion after a season where the tightest race was for the 2nd automatic promotion spot.
League One odds
Three teams dropped unceremoniously into League 1 this season, those teams were bottom team Scunthorpe, Preston North End and Sheffield United. However the favourites to make the move back to the Championship this year are none other than Lee Clark’s Huddersfield who while going unbeaten for 27 games didn’t manage promotion after a 3-0 defeat to Peterborough United at Old Trafford in the play-off final. The Terriers have a strong fan base and therefore a sizeable budget; however key men have departed the Galpharm Stadium. Anthony Pilkington has moved to Carrow Road while Lee Peltier has moved to Sven Goran-Erickson’s Leicester. Huddersfield have still kept the core of their squad which performed so well last season and offer good value at 6.5 on Bet365 to win the League 1 title this season.
Teams who are promoted from League 2 to League 1 always seem to be formidable in their next season so Chesterfield, Bury, Stevenage and Wycombe could all be ones to watch next season. Stevenage ended the season on a massive high and if they continue this good form onto the new season hey could be fantastic value at 81.0 on Bet365 to run away with the League 1 crown.
Charlton are another big club and have made some serious investment in the close season, with no less than 10 new players arriving at The Valley this summer. They had a shaky season last time of asking, but were buoyed by the arrival of proven goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips who in his first full season for the Addicks could provide the goals to send them up, so with odds of 9.0 on Bet365 they could provide good value to win the league this time around.
Read our League 1 top goalscorer betting preview.
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