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As the commencement of League Two is right around the corner we have scoured the best League Two outrights and one of our favourites is the League Two top 7 odds market. The league is always one of the most fascinating divisions in English football given it’s evenly-matched nature. It’s the place where Bournemouth and Luton Town started their race to the Premier League in the not too distant past. It’s where ex-Premier League clubs Coventry City, Blackpool and Oldham Athletic have fallen to, with the clubs the size of Tranmere Rovers and Swindon Town also pioneering for brighter days. It’s where perennial non-league outfits such as Sutton United and Harrogate Town can realise their Football League ambitions while playing clubs such as Bradford City, who average over 17,000 per game at Valley Parade, a truly remarkable league.
The 2023-24 campaign looks set to be one of the most exciting for years, and with it comes strong competition for the playoff spots, with lucrative League Two top 7 odds available for exactly that reason. There are recently promoted National League clubs with the resources to set the division alight, clubs from the third tier pushing for a return, managers hoping to re-create the formula Carlisle United found last year and others hoping to avoid being this year’s basket case on the road to non-league, you do not want to miss this one.
Below, you will find an in-depth look at one of the League Two outright odds with the most potential for bang for your buck, namely the League Two top 7 odds, looking at the teams most likely to make a dash for promotion over the course of 46 games.
Magpies Notts to be Underestimated
Notts County‘s inclusion in our League Two predictions needs no introduction after the 2022/23 season that they put together. They would have broken numerous National League records if it wasn’t for eventual champions Wrexham, hitting over 100 points and goals before winning the play-offs via extra-time in the semi-finals and through penalties in the final, they cannot be ignored.
Head Coach Luke Williams has proven himself a top-class coach and tactician, building on the work completed by Neal Ardley and Ian Burchnall to create an uber-consistent outfit that played a possession-heavy style unseen in non-league football, it will be fascinating to see how they adapt.
They have lost key player Ruben Rodrigues but have replaced him with 22-goal Derby County forward David McGoldrick, ex-Birmingham City man Dan Crowley and Malta international Jodi Jones while also retaining the services of captain Kyle Cameron and 41-goal striker Macaulay Langstaff, this is a club on the up. Their owners, who run Football Radar, have proven exceptional with their recruitment and at 4/6, they are worth a look for a top seven finish.
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Hatters looking to go one better this year
Stockport County were amongst the favourites for promotion last season and they are up there again, with their League Two top 7 finish odds at 4/7 to at least match what they managed last year, despite beginning the season slowly.
Dave Challinor hasn’t endured many failures in his managerial career, overseeing AFC Fylde’s rise to non-league’s top tier before taking Hartlepool United and then Stockport into the EFL, he will leave no stone unturned. After a difficult start to life in League Two, they stormed up the table, falling just short of the top three and coming up short in the play-off final after taking a first half lead.
The primary reason to continue backing the Edgeley Park outfit is the resource they have available to go again, even with some big-hitters arriving they rank highly. They have already pulled off one of the signings of the League Two summer in ex-Manchester United man Nick Powell as well as coaxing long-serving left-sided defender Ibou Touray from Salford City. And with key players enjoying a longer summer after a couple of injury issues last year, they are well set up to go once more in front of our raucus home crowd.
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Gillingham have got their act together
Gillingham were on their way to non-league by New Year’s Day last year having scored seven goals in their first 22 matches, supporters would have been looking at trips to Bromley and Wealdstone. What followed was a takeover, some impressive recruitment and 24 matches during which they were the second-best side in the league, seeing the team reconnect with supporters.
That end-of-season run puts them firmly in contention for a shot at promotion this year amongst fierce competition, and you can back their League Two play-off odds at evens.
In Neil Harris, they have a manager with a promotion on his CV and whose management style is all about buy-in, something he clearly has from his current squad, evidenced in the final third of last season. With figureheads such as Kenny Jackett and Andy Hessenthaler above him, Gillingham are in good hands off the pitch. They’ve even coaxed former Wales international Jonny Williams to Priestfield after a hot and cold spell at Swindon Town.
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Mark Hughes’ Bantams pushing for a return
Like Stockport County, Bradford City fell short in the play-offs last season courtesy of Paul Simpson’s Carlisle United and they will be aiming to avenge that this year, once again under the stewardship of ex-Manchester City boss Mark Hughes and with the biggest team in the league tag.
You can back Bradford at 11/10 in the League Two top 7 odds and there are a number of reasons to do so, outside of the reputation of the club and their manager. For starters, their average crowd is comfortably the biggest in the league, paving the way for a sizeable budget and resources for their high-profile manager to make a fist of things, as he did last term.
Furthermore, the club made a statement of intent this summer giving talismanic striker and League Two top goalscorer Andy Cook a new three-year deal to stave off interest from elsewhere, the technically gifted target man will play a big part once again. He is part of a strong spine containing Harry Lewis, Sam Stubbs and Richie Smallwood and that has been added to with former Premier League midfielder Kevin McDonald and Alex Pattison signing from Harrogate Town.
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Return of the McCann has Doncaster fans expectant
Although Doncaster have not been a well-run club in recent years, they’re included in our League Two betting tips as the entire vibe around the club has changed this summer following the re-appointment of Grant McCann.
While McCann has endured struggles at Peterborough United, he led Doncaster Rovers to a top six finish in League One and romped to a title with Hull City, League Two is beneath his natural level.
The key additions have been through the spine of the team where Rotherham United stalwart Richard Wood has been installed as captain, non-league stars Owen Bailey and George Broadbent join Tommy Rowe and League Two promotion-winning striker Joe Ironside join as well, who could be an outside pick for the golden boot. They have targeted specific players for specific roles and completed much of their recruitment early, giving McCann the summer to outline his vision and implement in plenty of time.