League One 2018/19 Ante-Post Betting Tips
Football League tipster Ross Casey goes through the three main markets of each division in the Football League, with this article looking at League One. Do you agree with his picks?
Sunderland To Win League One
Yes, Sunderland are massive favourites, despite back to back relegations, but for me they are worthy of the tag this season. The Black Cats find themselves in League One next season for just the second time in their history here and following the sacking of Chris Coleman, Scotsman Jack Ross is in charge of their promotion push.
Ellis Short finally sold the club to end his unsuccessful time at the club, the pink seats at the Stadium of Light have been restored to their rightful red and a summer of necessary change could well yield excellent results. Eight new faces have been brought in, with a mix of experience (Glenn Loovens) and youth (Jerome Sinclair). However, it is Scottish international Dylan McGeouch who has impressed the most in pre-season, controlling the Sunderland midfield.
Their pre-season results were a mixed bag and their final match was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions, but a squad that has got rid of the bad eggs and retained the hungrier players and added some more spice and experience looks capable of a title run this season and League One odds of 11/4 appeal despite their recent downward trajectory.
Fleetwood Top 6 Finish
The fact that Joey Barton is the new Fleetwood manager means that almost no-one will want them to do well this season, but you cannot ignore their pre-season form where they have played five matches, won them all and scored 15 goals in the process.
In Paddy Madden and Ched Evans they have goals in their side, whilst loan signing Jason Holt is clearly someone that Joey sees himself in and believes he can get the best out of in midfield. Look for him to try and control games, alongside the experienced Dean Marney whilst the likes of Kyle Dempsey and Wes Burns will offer their creative spark.
League One looks a very open league this season, and if Sunderland don’t perform I would be incredibly surprised if there is a runaway leader. Shrewsbury proved that any side at this level can challenge and if this small Fleetwood squad can avoid major injury worries, they could well be the side to do it in 2018/19.
Back Fleetwood to secure a top six finish with our League One betting odds of 7/2.
Bristol Rovers To Be Relegated
Bristol Rovers have lost so much firepower in recent seasons with Matty Taylor, Billy Bodin, Rory Gaffney and Ellis Harrison all departing. The Pirates have brought in Gavin Reilly and much will now be expected of him to get the goals that those four players mentioned above used to bring.
They have an issue with two goalkeepers failing to nail down a starting spot last season, defender Tom Broadbent often seems to lack the dominance a defender should have and Lee Brown leaving for Portsmouth is a blow. All of these things combined with the fact Rovers played three League Two sides in pre-season and lost two and drew one including a 4-0 home hammering by Exeter tells me things are not well at the Memorial Stadium and come May, League One relegation odds of 9/2 could look very big.
Ross’ League One Tips