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Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for an electrifying ride through the pulsating world of English League Two football, with the big kick-off almost upon us once again. We’ve come prepared and have picked out the most lucrative League Two relegation odds covered for you. The stage is once again set for lightning-paced box-to-box runs, which may bring you flashbacks to the good old days of excruciating shuttle runs in PE, as you take in the fourth tier action in awe.
However, amidst the rising excitement, whispers of promotion flutter through the air, promising the ultimate glory for the chosen few, for every ascent comes the lurking spectre of relegation, a precarious path where survival can become the sole aim. The stakes have never been higher, and the tension never more palpable, ahead of the most high profile League Two in recent memory. So, join us as we delve into the heart of the action to see who may struggle this time around, exploring the League Two outright odds. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our best League Two betting tips for the League Two relegation odds which includes a tasty 14/1 shout for your consideration.
Promoted after beating Notts County in the National League play-off final in 2019/20, Harrogate have more than proven themselves capable of being a Football League club and have bloodied the noses of sides far bigger than they. However, finishes of 17th, 19th and 19th mean they remain a side many expect to be part of the relegation fight and the Sulphurites can be backed to go down at 10/3 – the unwanted favourites in the League Two relegation odds.
The first thing to note is the quality of the division could be off the charts this term. In recent years, there have been “basket case” football clubs that were destined for the drop or to struggle due to various off-field issues, Rochdale, Oldham Athletic and Southend United spring to mind. There is less of that this year, so some good sides may still face the drop. Furthermore, their survival last year was secured with just 12 victories, something they have to improve upon if they are to survive this time around with the stability and continuity of Simon Weaver at the helm.
Finally, there could be concerns around goals, as was clear to see in the second half of last season. Luke Armstrong scored 16 last year but is being linked with a move away and second top-scorer Alex Pattison has departed for fourth tier rivals Bradford City after scoring nine. At the time of writing, they have no natural replacement for Armstrong, that needs to be addressed between now and the transfer deadline.
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Crawley Town owners WAGMI are seemingly doing everything in their power to lead Crawley Town back to non-league by making the wrong decisions, time and time again, their summer transfer business has been questionable, to say the least. From splashing out financially, creating videos mocking opponents, making poor managerial appointments and now trying to cut their losses, it’s been a disaster class in on-pitch operations.
Given all of the above, the general size of the club and malaise around the place, it’s no surprise they are joint favourites in League Two relegation odds with the bookies, available at 10/3, the same as price as Harrogate. Inexperienced boss Scott Lindsay has his work cut out trying to create cohesion amongst his squad with some players earning far more than others.
The chaos at the club led to only four players starting more than 30 matches, which included their backup goalkeeper, a player that has departed for another League Two side and one more than is expected to depart, the core of the group has been impacted significantly. Four of the five players that managed to score four or more goals have been let go, players are abandoning ship at this point. Six of their eight signings were playing non-league football last year with four stepping up at least two divisions to the EFL. And their recruitment is so impressive they have paid a fee for somebody they could have signed for free a month prior, with Jay Williams arriving from Brackley Town.
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Derek Adams and Morecambe shouldn’t be written off, but external circumstances have complicated matters. It’s a combination that has proven very fruitful, with the Scotsman not only having an excellent record in League Two but also overseeing an unlikely survival, promotion then survival with Morecambe before succumbing to the first relegation in their history last term.
However, it’s not been an easy summer for the Shrimps in responding to relegation. An ongoing takeover has caused chaos with 13 players released in the summer and only six retained, it is fair to say that they are behind the majority of their counterparts on the squad-building front. The takeover issues have been key too, with everybody linked not being trustworthy in one way or another, causing more concern amongst the Shrimps fanbase with their current ownership deciding to fund the club again but not really wanting to stretch themselves.
It has led to a bitty summer where the club have had to oversee enormous change once more, with Adams limited a touch in terms of the backing he has received. On the face of it, recruitment has been okay on paper, much better in some areas than others. However, questions have to remain about how long Adams will continue in a job where his back is against the wall and if he departs, the North West outfit could find themselves in a tricky predicament with the Scot being one of the most successful in the club’s history. They are available to back for relegation at 9/2 asone of our more fruitful League Two betting tips, considering how their off-pitch situation could deteriorate further.
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One of our favourite picks in the League Two relegation odds market is something a little more exciting as far as the odds go – Swindon Town are available at 14/1 to be relegated this season, with their position as one of the largest clubs in the division, which we know means very little in the EFL, playing a part in that. Evidently, the bookies aren’t backing one of the bigger League Two clubs to follow Oldham Athletic as a former Premier League club dropping into the National League, however, there are reasons they could be worth backing.
For starters, the Robins have endured a tricky period with Scott Lindsey choosing to depart for fellow League Two outfit Crawley Town and the appointment of Jody Morris proving disastrous, in spite of his reputation in the game, given his unhappiness at the squad he inherited and the running of the club. The appointment of Michael Flynn is a positive one on the face of it but has led to a change of approach that hasn’t wielded any benefits yet, it is hard to buy stocks in the Robins at this stage.
With just under two weeks until the start of the season, Swindon Town have signed just two footballers, both on loan, and one of those is a 21-year-old goalkeeper with only 15 career appearances to his name across the top six tiers of the English game, not the most promising preparation. The previous approach to recruitment has been so muddled it leaves Flynn with an indifferent group of players, several of whom are now unwanted but haven’t been shifted, which could impact squad harmony. Flynn is a manager who likes to get his own way and if the club are struggling, he could move on, which would raise even more questions about the running of the club which has come into question since their impressive 2021/22 campaign.