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League One Odds: Sunderland firm favourites for promotion

League One Odds

The 2021/22 League One season has already provided some thrilling encounters, therefore now is a great time to join any of our featured bookmakers and check out the latest League One odds ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

 

 

Who will win League One in 2021/22?

The 2021/22 League One campaign is once again proving to be hugely competitive and with some big clubs fighting to haul themselves into the Championship, we could be in for some exciting times in the third tier. The big question is, who will win promotion at the end of 2021/22? The bookies have priced up the potential League One winners and potential promotion candidates and we take a look at some of the leading contenders…

 

Update: 06.10.21

Sunderland dropped off the top of the League One table following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Portsmouth in their last league outing, however they remain firm favourites for both promotion and the League One title.

Having thumped Cheltenham Town to the tune of 5-0, Sunderland’s form completely abandoned them as they fell to a huge 4-0 defeat at Portsmouth just four days later. On the back of this huge defeat, the Black Cats fell off the top of the League One table although goal-difference alone separates them from current leaders Wigan Athletic.

This was Sunderland’s second league defeat of the 2021/22 campaign and the Wearside outfit will be determined to bounce back when they return to action after the international break. As things stand, Sunderland are still firm favourites to win the League One title at general odds of just 7/4 while they are odds-on at 4/7 to haul themselves up to the Championship at the third time of asking, after having failed to successfully negotiate the play-offs in each of the last two campaigns.

As things stand, current leaders Wigan Athletic are second-favourites in both markets, the Lancashire outfit 3/1 for the League One title and 5/4 for promotion by any means. Yo-yo club Rotherham United are 4/1 and 11/8 to win the title and return back to the Championship at the first time of asking, while Wycombe Wanderers are next in the title and promotion markets at 10/1 and 5/2 respectively.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

7/4  –  Sunderland

3/1  –  Wigan Athletic

4/1  –  Rotherham United

10/1 –  Wycombe Wanderers

12/1 –  Sheffield Wednesday

14/1 –  MK Dons

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

4/7  –  Sunderland

5/4  –  Wigan Athletic

11/8 –  Rotherham United

5/2  –  Wycombe Wanderers

3/1  –  Sheffield Wednesday

10/3 –  MK Dons

4/1  –  Oxford United

 


 

Update: 29.09.21

Sunderland hauled themselves three points clear at the top of the League One table with a comprehensive thrashing of Cheltenham Town in their last outing.

Having failed to make it through the League One play-offs in each of the last two seasons, Sunderland are fighting hard to win automatic promotion back to the Championship after an absence of three seasons. The Black Cats currently enjoy a three-point lead over second-placed Wigan Athletic and they further cemented their lofty position with a 5-0 thrashing of Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening. This was Sunderland’s third win on the bounce across competitions and it is clear that the Wearside outfit are going to be the ones to beat this term.

On the back of this comprehensive and thoroughly convincing win, the bookies have once again slashed the odds on the Black Cats winning promotion to the Championship as League One champions at the end of the campaign, some firms going as low as 13/8 that they finish top of the pile and 4/9 that they win promotion by any means.

Sunderland’s closest rivals in the betting market are second-placed Wigan Athletic at general odds of 4/1 for the title and 11/8 for promotion, while Rotherham United come in next at 5/1 and 6/4 for the title and promotion respectively.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

13/8 –  Sunderland

4/1  –  Wigan Athletic

5/1  –  Rotherham United

7/1  –  Sheffield Wednesday

10/1 –  MK Dons

12/1 –  Wycombe Wanderers

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

4/9  –  Sunderland

11/8 –  Wigan Athletic

6/4  –  Rotherham United

7/4  –  Sheffield Wednesday

11/4 –  MK Dons

3/1  –  Wycombe Wanderers

 


 

Update: 22.09.21

Things are still extremely tight at the top end of League One, a handful of clubs still bidding to steal a march on the rest of the chasing pack.

Sunderland’s inability to collect maximum points against Fleetwood Town in their last league outing resulted in them dropping off the top of the League One table, however they are still being seen as the ones to beat in the third tier this season. The Black Cats are without a doubt the biggest club in League One and to be fair it is something of a surprise to see them still there after two failed play-off attempts. Nevertheless the Wearside outfit are expected to haul themselves into the Championship at the third attempt at the end of the current campaign and the bookmakers make them firm favourites to win the division at general odds of 9/4.

As things stand, Sunderland sit second in the League One table with goal difference alone separating them from leaders Wigan Athletic – against whom Sunderland won 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last time out. The Latics are next in the betting at 9/2 for the League One title and we do expect them to feature in any promotion bid given their excellent start to the season. Thus far, Wigan have lost just one league match with five wins from their seven League One outings and while it’s fanciful to expect them to remain in pole position for the rest of the campaign, this decent start has given them the edge in the early stages of the campaign.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

9/4  –  Sunderland

9/2  –  Wigan Athletic

8/1  –  Rotherham United

8/1  –  Wycombe Wanderers

10/1 –  Sheffield Wednesday

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

4/6  –  Sunderland

13/8 –  Wigan Athletic

7/4  –  Rotherham United

7/4  –  Wycombe Wanderers

9/4  –  Sheffield Wednesday

 


 

Update: 15.09.21

Things remain pretty tight at the top end of the League One table, however Sunderland are stealing a march on the rest of the competition thanks to an excellent start to the campaign.

With the international break having come and gone, Sunderland returned to action with a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley and as a result further cemented their position at the summit of the League One table. The Black Cats have suffered play-off heartache in each of the last two seasons and clearly they will be desperate to haul themselves back up to the Championship after an absence of three seasons.

Opening their account with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic last month, the Wearside outfit followed this up with a further win over MK Dons in League One and while they lost 1-0 at Burton Albion in their third league outing of the season, they have since collected a maximum points haul in each of their subsequent games against AFC Wimbledon (1-0), Wycombe Wanderers (3-1) and Accrington Stanley (2-1). Throw in Carabao Cup wins over Port Vale (1-2) and Blackpool (2-3) and it is clear that Sunderland are thus far enjoying a good campaign across all fronts.

With two points now separating Sunderland from second-placed Wigan Athletic, the bookmakers go just 2/1 that the Black Cats finish the season at the summit of the League One table and 4/6 that they win promotion to the Championship. Closest rivals Wigan Athletic are 6/1 to win the League One title and 13/5 for promotion while Sheffield Wednesday come in next at 7/1 for the title and 13/5 for promotion.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

2/1  –  Sunderland

6/1  –  Wigan Athletic

7/1  –  Sheffield Wednesday

12/1 –  Portsmouth

12/1 –  Rotherham United

14/1 –  Oxford United

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

4/6  –  Sunderland

13/5 –  Sheffield Wednesday

13/5 –  Wigan Athletic

3/1  –  Portsmouth

3/1  –  Oxford United

16/5 –  Rotherham United

 


 

Update: 31.08.21

After five league games, Sunderland occupy top spot in League One and are firm favourites to return to the Championship after an absence of three seasons.

Twice Sunderland have failed to make it through the League One play-offs and the Wearside outfit will be desperate to finish the current campaign in one of the automatic promotion berths. Thus far they are doing a pretty good job of things and they currently sit in pole position with twelve points to their name, thanks to an excellent start to the season.

The Black Cats got things underway with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic and since then maximum points have been collected against the likes of MK Dons (1-2), AFC Wimbledon (1-0) and most recently Wycombe Wanderers (3-1), the only dropped points coming by way of a 1-0 defeat at Burton Albion. Sunderland have also made it through to the third round of the Carabao Cup thanks to wins over Port Vale and Blackpool but their main aim will be promotion to the second tier.

On the back of their win over the Chairboys at the weekend, Sunderland are now 3/1 to win the League One title at the end of the season and Evens to win promotion, whether they achieve this via automatic promotion or via the play-offs.

Sheffield Wednesday are joint second in the League One table alongside several other teams, the Owls having suffered the disappointment of losing to newly-promoted Morecambe on Saturday afternoon. The South Yorkshire outfit are 15/8 to win promotion by any means and 5/1 to finish in pole position.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

3/1  –  Sunderland

5/1  –  Sheffield Wednesday

8/1  –  Wigan Athletic

9/1  –  Portsmouth

10/1 –  Rotherham United

10/1 –  Oxford United

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

Evens – Sunderland

15/8 –  Sheffield Wednesday

3/1  –  Portsmouth

11/4 –  Wigan Athletic

10/3 –  Rotherham United

4/1  –  Ipswich Town

4/1  –  Wycombe Wanderers

 


 

Update: 26.08.21

We’re now four rounds of fixtures into the 2021/22 League One campaign and once again it looks as though this is going to be a hugely competitive division. The key question is, who will haul themselves into the Championship next May?

After four games, newly-relegated Sheffield Wednesday sit in pole position in the League One table, the Owls having collected ten points courtesy of three wins and a single draw. Nevertheless, despite this they aren’t deemed to be the side most likely to win the League One title or win promotion to the Championship. This particular accolade belongs to Sunderland who have failed in their play-off attempts in each of the last two seasons.

The Black Cats are now spending their third consecutive season in League One and the Wearside outfit will be desperate to haul themselves back into the second tier as soon as possible. They started the season in excellent fashion with back-to-back 2-1 league wins over Wigan Athletic and MK Dons as well as victory by the same scoreline over Port Vale in the Carabao Cup, however they came unstuck when losing 1-0 at Burton Albion in their third league outing. Normal service was resumed when they edged past Blackpool (2-3) in their last outing and the bookies have them priced at 11/8 to win promotion and 4/1 to win the League One title.

Current league leaders Sheffield Wednesday are also being heavily backed to haul themselves back up to the Championship at the first time of asking and having this far avoided defeat with three wins and one draw from their four matches, the bookies have them priced at 13/8 for promotion and 9/2 for the title.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

4/1  –  Sunderland

9/2  –  Sheffield Wednesday

7/1  –  Portsmouth

10/1 –  Wigan Athletic

12/1 –  Rotherham United

12/1 –  Ipswich Town

12/1 –  Wycombe Wanderers

12/1 –  Oxford United

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

11/8 –  Sunderland

13/8 –  Sheffield Wednesday

9/4  –  Portsmouth

3/1  –  Wigan Athletic

7/2  –  Rotherham United

7/2  –  Ipswich Town

7/2  –  Wycombe Wanderers

7/2  –  Oxford United

 


 

Update: 18.08.21

With three rounds of League One fixtures out of the way, it is clear that this is going to be a very competitive third tier once again.

Prior to the start of the new season, most pundits anticipated that Sunderland would be the early frontrunners in the division but while the Black Cats got themselves off the starting blocks in excellent fashion, things came to a shuddering halt last time out. The Wearside outfit opened their account with a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic and having brushed aside Port Vale by the same scoreline in the first round of the League Cup, they once again enjoyed a 2-1 in their trip to MK Dons. Nevertheless any hopes of a third consecutive League One came to nothing when Burton Albion scored the only goal at the Pirelli Stadium in Sunderland’s last outing although the Black Cats remain general favourites to win the League One title at the end of the campaign at odds as low as 4/1 with some bookmakers.

With three wins from three league games, Portsmouth sit in pole position in the League One table and the south-coast side are also as low as 4/1 with some firms to lift the trophy at the end of the campaign. Burton Albion sit level on points with Pompey although the general consensus is that they won’t remain in this lofty position until the end of the season, most firms making them 25/1 shots for the title and as much as 9/1 for promotion to the Championship.

Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers dropped down from the Championship at the end of last season and they are both being tipped for promotion straight back up. As things stand,  Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday sit third and fourth respectively in the league table and the bookies have them priced at 5/1 and 12/1 to win the title and 7/4 and 4/1 to win promotion.

 

League One Winner Best Odds

 

5/1  –  Sunderland

5/1  –  Portsmouth

5/1  –  Sheffield Wednesday

10/1 –  Rotherham United

10/1-  Oxford United

12/1-  Wigan Athletic

12/1 –  Ipswich Town

 

League One Promotion Best Odds

 

7/4  –  Sunderland

7/4  –  Sheffield Wednesday

7/4  –  Portsmouth

3/1  –  Rotherham United

3/1  –  Oxford United

4/1  –  Ipswich Town

4/1  –  Wigan Athletic

 


 

Update: 03.08.21

The League One promotion and winner markets are once again extremely tight and we take a look at some of the possible contenders ahead of what promises to be a closely-fought campaign.

After a somewhat chaotic 2020/21 League One campaign which ended with Hull City, Peterborough United and Blackpool achieving promotion to the Championship, we’re primed for more thrills, spills and shocks in the next few months.

 

League One Winners

The League One Winner betting market is very open this year and Sunderland are the stand-out favourites to win the title at general odds of 6/1.

The Black Cats are a huge club and they have arguably been at this level for far too long, however we don’t fancy their chances of winning the League One title at the end of the campaign. Key striker Charlie Wyke left for Wigan Athletic during the summer and it won’t be easy replacing the 31 goals which he banged in last term.

Not too far behind in the outright market are Ipswich Town at 7/1. The Tractor Boys are currently in the process of finalising some notable acquisitions. George Edmundson has swapped Ibrox for Portman Road and Connor Chaplin has made the move from Barnsley. The sheer quality of these players reflects Ipswich Town’s intent this coming season and with Paul Cook in the hot-seat, we envisage them pushing for promotion this season.

 

League One Promotion

As with the Championship, two automatic promotion places are up for grabs this coming campaign and the play-off final winner will also go up to the Championship. The bookmakers are also having difficulty calling this one and it’s easy to see why given that there are many strong sides vying for promotion.

To be honest we don’t fancy the chances of market leaders Sunderland getting close to promotion and at odds of just 9/4 we feel that there’s no value to be had here. The Black Cats have a very capable manager in the form of Lee Johnson but we envisage them struggling for goals this coming season and their record in the play-offs is far from impressive.

If you don’t fancy the chances of Ipswich Town winning the title at 7/1, then there’s value to be had in backing them to win promotion by any means at 5/2. It will be hard to ignore the likes of Rotherham United, Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, especially and the former spend most of their title flitting between the second and third tiers.

Of these three, Portsmouth have, on paper, the best chance of securing promotion given that they have been the most active in the transfer window. Pompey have added the likes of Ryan Tunnicliffe, Kieron Freeman, Clark Robertson and Shaun Williams to the squad this summer and with this Championship quality in defence and the bulk of their attacking talent staying put at Fratton Park, we fancy their chances of making it to the Championship.

 


 

25.05.21

Sunderland  –  7/1

Sunderland dropped down into League One at the end of the 2018/19 campaign and having failed to steer their way through the play-offs at the end of the following season, they suffered the heartache of once again failing in 2020/21. The Black Cats finished the regular season in 4th position, however they lost 3-2 on aggregate to Lincoln City in the play-off semi-final and will once again have to content themselves with another season in the third tier. Sunderland are a massive club and they will manage to haul themselves back into the Championship at some point, but the big question is ‘when?’. The bookies go a general 7/1 that they win the League One title in 2021/22.

 

Sheffield Wednesday  –  7/1

2020/21 was a disastrous season for Sheffield Wednesday and they found themselves finishing the campaign at the foot of the Championship table. The Owls managed just twelve league wins throughout the season although they finished just three points adrift of safety. Alongside Sunderland they are one of the biggest clubs in the third tier and the bookies are optimistic as to their chances of bouncing straight back up to the Championship as League One champions at the first time of asking at general odds of 7/1.

 

Ipswich Town  –  10/1

Ipswich Town couldn’t manage the play-offs in 2020/21 but they did manage a respectable 9th position with just five points separating them from the top six in the division. The Tractor Boys are fancied to mount another decent challenge in the new season and while they couldn’t make the grade towards the end of the last campaign, the bookies go a general 10/1 that they can finish top of the pile next May.

 

Charlton Athletic  –  10/1

Charlton Athletic came agonisingly close to grabbing for themselves a place in the League One play-offs, the south-east London outfit finishing level on points with sixth-placed Oxford United but with an inferior goal difference. Charlton suffered a drop in form in the latter stages of the campaign and while they won their last two matches, this was preceded by a disappointing run during which they won just once in five outings. Can they do better in 2021/22? The bookies go 10/1 that they can go all the way by lifting the League One trophy.

 

Rotherham United  –  12/1

Rotherham United are certainly no stranger to relegation and promotion given that they have flitted between the two divisions in each of the past five seasons. The Millers are clearly too good for League One but not quite able to wing it in the Championship. The South Yorkshire outfit finished second from bottom in the Championship table and they are expected to feature amongst the frontrunners in the third tier next term, most firms going 12/1 that they find themselves straight back in the Championship at the first time of asking.