Crawley ran away with it in the end in Blue Square Premier last season and bookies seem to feel that the big spending West Sussex outfit can pick up where they left off by blowing away their rivals in League Two to make it back-to-back titles.
Steve Evans’ side are now just 3/1 with Boylesports to lead them all home and are odds-on at 8/11 (William Hill) to go up but while they have to be considered a major threat, the prices are just too short to warrant an interest in what is, more often than not, a tough division to call.
Relegated pair Swindon and Bristol Rovers are next in the betting at 10/1 apiece courtesy of Sportingbet and Ladbrokes respectively and both have brought in attackers they feel will assist them in bouncing straight back up to League One.
For the Pirates, it’s been a huge summer of rebuilding and if their much-changed squad can hit the ground running under new boss Paul Buckle then they have to be in with a shout. For their part, the Robins have taken something of a gamble in appointing Paulo Di Canio as manager and it would be prudent to assess how the Italian performs in the early stages rather than jump in and back Swindon at this juncture.
Ambitious Oxford have also been busy over the summer and their transfer manoeuvres have seen them shortened to 12s in Betfred’s title betting but at 14/1 with bet365, we reckon the each-way value lies with Shrewsbury.
Graham Turner’s side were outstanding at times last season, ending the campaign very strongly before losing to Torquay in the play-offs, but they just couldn’t find the top form regularly enough over the 46 games. The ability is there then in the Shrews squad and with last season’s experience set to steel them, they’re worth a gamble to find the required consistency for a title push.
At the other end perennial strugglers Barnet won’t be without support in the relegation market at 4/1 (Skybet) but the same firm’s 10/3 posted against Macclesfield possesses more appeal.