Things finally look they are stabilising at Portsmouth as they prepare for life in League Two and with the club seemingly back on an even keel, bookies think they’re set to make light work of the league’s bottom tier and rise back up to League One as champions.
There’s no doubting that a club the size of Pompey could well prove to be one of the best sides in the division but the number of changes at Fratton Park makes them hard to recommend at 5/1 with Coral, especially as opposition teams will inevitably raise their game when facing a team with the status of Guy Whittingham’s men.
Instead, we fancy the chances of Fleetwood. The Cod Army faded last season but will be better for their experience and having recruited well over the summer, bringing in the likes of Mark Roberts and Steven Schumacher, their strong squad looks a solid bet at 8/1 via betway to clinch top spot.
Cheltenham reached the play-offs last term and having recruited experienced striker Jamie Cureton amongst other quality additions, the Robins therefore look a little overpriced in the title betting at 20/1 courtesy of Betfred.
With three places available at a quarter of the odds, Mark Yates’s troops are best backed each-way and could really give punters a run for their money.
At the other end, it’s hard not to fear for Dagenham and Redbridge. The Daggers ended up just outside the bottom two last term and will start this season without influential figure John Still, who departed for Luton in February.
New boss Wayne Burnett has little experience at Football League level, which could prove costly and they could come up short where their survival aim is concerned; an outcome Skybet chalk up at 9/2.