League One promotion preview
Wolves are favourites to win promotion to the Championship, but who are the other contenders for this season's SkyBet League One?
This season's battle for promotion could prove to be an interesting one, with lots of twists and turns expected before we know who will make it to the Championship.
The favourites to go up from League One this year are relegated side Wolves. The quality in their squad is there for all to see and with players like Bakary Sako and Leigh Griffiths they will surely be there or there abouts.
They also have the advantage or parachute payments from the Premier League to enhance their superior spending power, compared to their rivals for promotion this season. If you are backing the favourites then you can get odds of 6/5.
Bristol City, will be confident of getting promoted back to the Championship, despite finishing bottom of the table last season. They have demonstrated their spending power by capturing Aden Flint from Swindon for a fee in excess of £300,000.
They also have plenty of experience in their squad such as ex-league one striker Sam Baldock, who played at this level for MK Dons. The league sponser SkyBet has made the men from Ashton Gate fifth favourites for promotion with odds of 7/2 the current price.
The final relegated side are Peterborough, a team that has gone up and down between League One and the Championship in recent years. Under manager Darren Ferguson they will fancy their chances of going up yet again. Sir Alex's son has proven he can lead his team to promotion at this level before, and they will fancy themselves to do it again after their cruel relegation on the final day of the Championship season. 'Boro are second favourites to go straight back up this season with odds of 9/4.
Brentford's final game of last years campaign was one of the most iconic moments of English football this year, with Watford copying their antics soon after.
They were one penalty kick away before Marcello Trotta's kick agonisingly smashed against the bar, before Doncaster rubbed salt in the wounds by going up the other end and scoring seconds later. This, and their playoff final defeat to Yeovil will make them even more hungry for promotion this year. Under Uwe Rosler they will make Griffin Park a fortress once more and for this among other reasons they are third favourites to go up behind Wolves and Peterborough.
Another club who will undoubtedly have a say in the promotion race are Sheffield United. The club with the oldest professional football ground are always up there having lost on penalties to Huddersfield in the play off final in the 2011/12 season, before falling back a step losing to eventual playoff winners Yeovil in the semi final of the playoffs last season.
The Blades are always a tough team to beat, especially at Bramall Lane and they are fourth favourites. If you are backing the Blades you can get odds of 3/1.
There are two very different teams who are joint 6th favourites to breach the promise land of the Championship, both teams having odds of 4/1. These teams are Preston, one of the founders of the Football League, and MK Dons, a team who just fell outside the playoffs last season after losing two of their most influential players, Stephen Gleeson, and Luke Chadwick.
Preston have established a squad who could potentially break their way into the top six under manager Simon Grayson after falling into mid table in recent seasons, never real threatening to return to the Championship after there recent relegation.
MK Dons, under young manager Karl Robinson will have something to say this season. Despite their small budget they have managed to make some good signings, permanent and loanees, and if they can hold onto their star players they will fancy their chances.
My tip would be for Brentford at 5/2, as they have been so close before, that they should be able to take the final step and gain their well deserved promotion.
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