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National League Predictions & Betting Tips

The National League is the fifth tier of professional football in England, featuring 24 teams vying for the chance to move up to League Two. With so many matches and teams to choose from, there are ample opportunities to profit from our expert betting tips.

On this page, you will find all the information you need to know when it comes to betting on the National League. We will be sharing valuable insights on how to make smart and informed betting decisions.

When are English National League tips uploaded?

At Bad Man Betting, our experts strive to send out their previews and predictions the night before the National League matches, whether it’s a weekend or midweek fixture. This allows us to provide the most accurate and current information possible, including the latest team news and insights. By sending out the tips and predictions closer to the start of the game, we aim to make the most informed judgments on how each match is likely to unfold.

How to pick an English National League bet?

The Vanarama National League has been the top tier of non-league football in England since 2004. Formerly known as Conference National, the National League features 24 teams competing for promotion to League Two or to avoid relegation to National League North or South each season. It has become one of the most competitive non-league leagues in Europe, often supplying some of England’s hottest prospects to the English Football League.

It pays to do your research prior to betting on the National League. Every UK bookmaker will offer markets on English national league matches but it’s important to pick a bookmaker site which suits you best, including any special offers they may have. Once you’ve got an account setup at your chosen bookie, head back over here for our expert national league predictions page where we’ll have all of the latest data points and stats that could influence your decisions when betting on national league games. 

Who will win the National League?

The National League champions are granted automatic promotion to League Two along with the league trophy. Current favourites for the title are Wrexham, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. Notts County, who were knocked out at the quarter final stage of last season’s playoff finals, are second favourites. More distant contenders are Chesterfield (21/22 playoff semi finalists) and Woking.

National National League 2022/23 key dates

Here is a summary of the key dates to keep in mind for the 2022/23 National League season:

  • National Starts: Saturday 6 August 2022
  • National League Ends: Saturday 29 April 2023
  • Play-Off Eliminator A: Tuesday 2 May 2023 (5th vs 6th)
  • Play-Off Eliminator B: Wednesday 3 May 2023 (4th vs 7th)
  • Play-Off Semi-Final 1: Saturday 7 May 2023 (2nd vs Eliminator A winner)
  • Play-Off Semi-Final 2: Saturday 2 May 2023 (3rd vs Eliminator B winner)
  • Promotion Final: Saturday 13 May 2023 

Please note that all dates are subject to change.

How to watch the National League on TV

BT Sport hold exclusive rights to show live National League matches in the UK. They will cover 30 matches for the 2022/23 season and also show highlights. 

In December 2022 the National League launched National League TV, a subscription service which allows fans to watch matches which are not on BT Sport or those taking place on a Saturday at 3pm. Matchday passes cost £9.50.

There is also the option of radio coverage to keep up to date with happenings in the division, if you are unable to catch the action on TV.

Who has won the most National League titles?

Barnet and Macclesfield (3)  have won the most National League titles. Lincoln City, Cheltenham Town, Maidstone United, Altrincham, Enfield FC, Macclesfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Stevenage are all on 2 titles.

Recent winners:

2021-22: Stockport County 

2020-21: Sutton United

2019-20: Barrow

2018-19: Leyton Orient

2017-18: Macclesfield

2016-17: Lincoln City

2015-16: Cheltenham Town

2014-15: Barnet

2013-14: Luton Town

2012-13: Mansfield 

2011-12: Fleetwood

Who will be relegated from the National League?

Four teams face relegation from the National League to either National League North or South at the end of the 22/23 season. Two sides promoted from National League North and South respectively, Gateshead and Maidstone United, find themselves in the bottom four, whilst Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic who were relegated from League Two at the end of the 21/22 season are also struggling. Torquay are also one of the bookies favourites for the drop this season. However with just over half the season gone, there is time for teams to save themselves by picking up as many points as they can as soon as possible. 

Best bookmakers for betting on the National League

Our team gathers odds from reputable sportsbooks such as Bet365, Paddy Power, Sky Bet, Virgin Bet, and Betfair to ensure that you never miss out on any potential profits or returns. 

National League offers & free bets

Bookmakers often offer great incentives such as free bets, improved odds, and money back offers that can be used by punters looking to get extra value out of their bets. By clicking here, you can view all the latest free bet offers from bookmakers.Before taking advantage of any such promotions though, make sure you read through the terms and conditions carefully to ensure you can take advantage of the offer. 

With careful consideration and well-informed decisions based on reliable statistics gathered from our detailed stats packs, anyone can make the most out of bookmaker promotions for National League games and have a better chance of seeing returns on their investments. 

Which other competitions do you provide tips for?

At Bad Man Betting, we keep you informed with all the essential information on every match happening in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. Our detailed predictions and analyses on all the matches and other major tournaments like the Champions League, Europa League and more are at your disposal. We keep you updated with the latest news, transfer rumors, and injuries for each team, so you can stay ahead of the game.

We also offer a great range of different National League tops, so be sure to check out our tips on these pages:

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