After another action-packed weekend in League One, Bristol City and Swindon occupy the automatic promotion spots. The top two spots are still up for grabs however in what has been an open promotion race so far.
Top of the table Bristol City had looked to be running away with the League One title but consecutive losses to promotion rivals Swindon and Preston have dragged them right back into the chasing pack. City are still sitting pretty on top, and had gone unbeaten in the League before the last two games.
City's spending power is superior to every team in the third tier, and this, alongside the quality already present in their side, such as Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbraham is why they are odds on favourites for promotion at 8/15.
Second placed Swindon have impressed in recent times, picking up nine out of a possible twelve points against fellow promotion rivals, bringing them to within a point of Bristol City, and increasing the gap between them and seventh placed Peterborough to eight points.
Mark Cooper has turned his team around after a disappointing end to last season. Despite the Robins' recent form and their league position they are only fourth favourites to go up at odds of 13/8.
Fallen giant Preston will also have a say in the promotion and title race come the end of the season. The Lilywhites currently occupy third position in the League and ended a three game losing run with an impressive victory at Ashton Gate last Saturday.
Preston struggled in League One when they first came down but look rejuvenated under manager Simon Grayson. Preston's strong start to the season makes them second favourites for promotion at Evens (1/1).
Sitting just below Preston in fourth are MK Dons. The Dons have been going about their business quietly but now find themselves six points off top with three games in hand, the first of which comes this Tuesday at home to Rochdale.
Karl Robinson's side have failed to reach the top six in the last two seasons but strengthened in the summer. They look particularly strong upfront thanks to the loan signings of Benik Afobe and Will Grigg. If you fancy the third favourites to clinch promotion you can get odds of 11/8.
These four have impressed the most so far this season but two teams who are sure to be up there come the end of the season are Sheffield United and Peterborough.
The Blades, now managed by Nigel Clough, sit in fifth place and have a game in hand on Bristol City, Swindon and Preston. Clough junior has impressed since taking over at Bramall Lane amidst the Ched Evans controversy, and his side look to be up for the challenge this time round. If you're backing the Blades you can get odds of 15/8.
Peterborough have had a terrible run of late, picking up just one point in the last five games, prompting many Posh fans to call for Darren Ferguson's dismissal.The Posh however have a good record of going up in this division under Ferguson and have become a bit of a yo-yo club in recent years. If you fancy Peterborough to get promoted from League One yet again you can get odds of 5/1.
The next two contenders are Notts County and newly promoted Rochdale. They have enjoyed impressive starts to the season although they both suffered home defeats at the weekend. If you fancy an underdog to cause a shock this season you can get odds for either of these teams at 11/1.
My tip would be for third favourites MK Dons at 11/8. Previously Robinson's side have been hit hard by injuries or by losing key players at key times. This year however, chairman Pete Winkleman has allowed a little more cash to be spent and Robinson's side have much more strength in depth, which I believe is enough to finally see the Dons achieve promotion.
(Odds taken from League sponsor SkyBet)
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