Despite Sheffield United’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town midweek they remain the 4/1 favourites with BetVictor to be crowned Champions of League One.
Blades’ boss Nigel Clough has embarked upon a major overhaul after already leading his side from 21st the table last season.
Clough led his side to the semi-finals of the FA Cup where they eventually succumbed to Premier League opposition Hull City and the Tigers have rubbed further salt in the wounds this week with the transfer of defender Harry Maguire, sold after an improved £2.5million offer was accepted in the week.
Kieron Freeman looks set to move to Bramall Lane as Maguire’s replacement but don’t be surprised to see more new faces join before the transfer window slams shut on September 1st.
Selected League One Outright prices from BetVictor: Sheffield United 4/1 Bristol City 7/1 Preston 7/1 Doncaster 14/1 Barnsley 16/1
BetVictor make the Blades 1/14 on for a top-half finish and 4/9 to achieve a play-off spot at the very least. Sheffield United are 13/8 favourites to achieve promotion to the Championship, irrespective of via what method, and are similarly 4/6 favourites with BetVictor to finish best of the quartet of South Yorkshire clubs, ahead of Doncaster 7/2, Barnsley 4/1 and Chesterfield 8/1 respectively.
Doncaster and Barnsley have both been friendless in the market after their relegation from the Championship last season, both sides 10/3 (from 11/4) and 11/2 (from 4/1) respectively to bounce straight back to England’s second tier.
As the prices suggest it is Rovers who are marginally more fancied of the two, 14/1 for the Title with BetVictor and the loss of star striker Chris Brown to Blackburn cushioned with the arrivals of Nathan Tyson, Sam Winnall and Ross Turnbull.
The latter impressed last season on-loan at the Keepmoat and looks an excellent addition to Danny Wilson’s squad and should bolster-up what was previously a leaky defence.
Both Tyson (40/1) and Winnall (25/1) should be good for a few goals next season with Winnall fancied to match his 23-goal haul last term during Scunthorpe’s promotion winning campaign. The Tykes’ new number nine ended the season six clear of any other striker in that division and with his goalscoring appetite proven he looks an excellent price at 25/1 to finish the season as League One’s leading marksman.
Chesterfield have kept the majority of their League Two winning side from last term, whilst also adding defenders Daniel Jones and Charlie Raglan to the Proact leaving as manager Steve Cook plots the club’s survival.
The Spireites are 10/11 with BetVictor for both a top half and bottom half finish and 7/2 to sneak into the top six and given their last foray into the division; a comfortable mid-table position should suffice.
The last time Chesterfield won promotion from League Two, things ended dismally as they were subsequently relegated back to the fourth tier, enduring a 17 game winless run during the campaign and whilst it is unlikely for lightning to strike twice, they are 9/2 to be relegated with BetVictor and 20/1 to finish bottom.
In the Championship both Sheffield Wednesday (33/1) and Rotherham (66/1) remain unfancied for success; the latter doubling in price with BetVictor over the summer.
The Millers remain 14/1 for promotion but 11/4 joint-second favourites with Millwall in the betting for the drop; Blackpool 4/6 favourites after starting the new season with just eight first-team players on the club’s books.
For all the latest odds and more head to BetVictor.com