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League Two Promotion Odds

 

 

The League Two promotion and winner markets are as close as ever with many clubs in the frame as far as promotion to the third tier is concerned.

It’s fair to say that League Two doesn’t receive as much attention or recognition as the higher divisions but the clubs in the basement still harbour ambitions of lifting themselves to bigger and better things.

 

Update: 06.10.21

Forest Green Rovers have increased their lead at the top of the League Two table to four points thanks to a 2-0 win away to Carlisle United in their last outing and the bookies have further slashed the odds on them winning the division title at the end of the season and clinching promotion to League One.

Thus far in the league, the Gloucestershire outfit have lost just once this term and most bookmakers have them priced at just 7/4 to finish the campaign in pole position and 8/13 odds-on to win promotion whether automatically or via the play-offs.

Of their main rivals, Harrogate Town appear best placed to knock Forest Green off their lofty perch in the coming weeks, the Yorkshire side extending their unbeaten league run to three games with a 2-1 win at struggling Oldham Athletic last time out. Town sit four points adrift of Rovers in the League Two table as things stand and they enjoy a one-point lead over third-placed Port Vale.

Vale continued in winning ways when they edged past Rochdale to the tune of 1-0 in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday evening and they have failed to drop any points in four league matches, their most recent League Two match ending in a 3-2 win at home to promotion rivals Leyton Orient. The Potteries side are an 8/1 shot to win the division title at the end of the season while they are priced at a general 7/4 to win promotion to the third tier.

 

League Two Winner

 

7/4  –  Forest Green Rovers

8/1  –  Port Vale

9/1  –  Harrogate Town

10/1 –  Bradford City

10/1 –  Leyton Orient

 

League Two Promotion

 

8/13 –  Forest Green Rovers

7/4  –  Port Vale

15/8 –  Harrogate Town

2/1  –  Bradford City

2/1  –  Leyton Orient

9/4  –  Salford City

 


 

Update: 30.09.21

Forest Green Rovers’ promotion push suffered a slight setback on Saturday afternoon when they were held to a goal-less draw at home to Tranmere Rovers, however they still sit at the summit of the League Two table with four points separating them from closest challengers Leyton Orient and Harrogate Town. The Gloucestershire side have won six and drawn two of their nine league games this season with just a single defeat during this time and their goal difference is higher than any other team in the division. The bookies go odds-on at 4/6 that Rovers win promotion to the third tier at the end of the season and 9/4 that they win promotion as League Two champions.

As things stand, Forest Green’s closest challengers are Leyton Orient and Harrogate Town, both of which are fancied for promotion at the end of the season. Orient sit second in the table on account of their superior goal difference to Harrogate Town, however both sides have suffered just a single defeat this season with four wins and four draws apiece thus far.

Port Vale’s winning run was extended to three games with a 1-0 victory at Scunthorpe last weekend and the Potteries side are third favourites to win the League Two trophy this term at odds as low as 8/1 with some firms. Port Vale are as low as 2/1 to win promotion to League One either automatically or via the play-offs.

 

League Two Winner

 

9/4  –  Forest Green Rovers

8/1  –  Leyton Orient

8/1  –  Port Vale

10/1 –  Harrogate Town

12/1 –  Bradford City

 

League Two Promotion

 

4/6  –  Forest Green Rovers

13/8 –  Leyton Orient

2/1  –  Bradford City

2/1  –  Harrogate Town

11/4 –  Salford City

 


 

Update: 23.09.21

Forest Green Rovers saw their excellent start to the season continue with an impressive 4-0 win away to Stevenage on Saturday afternoon and the Gloucestershire side have now gone four points clear at the summit of the League Two table. Indeed Rovers have lost one and drawn one of their opening eight games with six wins coming their way during that time, therefore it’s hardly a surprise to see the bookmakers slash the odds on them winning the promotion at the end of the campaign, most firms going just 5/2 that they finish in pole position and 4/6 that they haul themselves into League One.

Forest Green may well be the ones to beat this term but the likes of Leyton orient and Harrogate Town remain in touch with the current leaders. Orient sit second in the league table with fifteen points and the East Londoners extended their unbeaten run across competitions to five games with a 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers last time out. Third-placed Harrogate Town could only manage a 2-2 draw with Crawley Town at the weekend and this extended their winless run to three games, however they sit level with Orient on points.

Bradford City are deemed to be Forest Green’s main rivals in the battle for the League Two title, the Bantams second favourites to win promotion at 2/1 and 8/1 to finish top of the pile. The West Yorkshire outfit sit in 9th position in the league table and given the fact that they have failed to win any of their last six games across competitions, we’re somewhat unconvinced that they will be amongst the promotion challengers towards the tail-end of the season.

 

League Two Winner

 

5/2  –  Forest Green Rovers

8/1  –  Bradford City

8/1  –  Leyton Orient

12/1 –  Salford City

12/1 –  Exeter City

 

League Two Promotion

 

4/6  –  Forest Green Rovers

2/1  –  Bradford City

13/8 –  Leyton Orient

6/4  –  Harrogate Town

9/4  –  Salford City

 


 

Update: 16.09.21

Forest Green’s solid start to the season continued with a 1-0 win at home to Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon, an unconvincing win perhaps but a decent response to a four-game winless run across competitions. The Gloucestershire side opened their season with four straight league wins, however this was followed by a League Two defeat at home to Port Vale (0-2) and a goal-less draw away to Exeter City. Nevertheless, Rovers sit two points clear at the top of the division as things stand and the bookmakers have them chalked-in as 6/1 favourites to win the League Two title and 13/8 for promotion to the third tier.

Second-favourites for the League Two title (8/1) and promotion (2-1) are Bradford City although the West Yorkshire outfit have now gone three league games without a win, losing to Leyton Orient (2-0) and Salford City (1-0) either side of a 1-1 draw at home to Walsall. As things stand, the Bantams sit in 7th position in the League Two table with 11 points from their 7 league outings.

Next in the betting are Salford City who, in fairness, have been very much a mixed bag so far. The bookmakers are clearly expecting great things from City this season but on the evidence so far, they are looking very much like a middle-of-the-table side and currently sit in the bottom half of the division, most firms going 8/1 that they win the title and 2/1 that they achieve promotion.

 

League Two Winner

 

13/8 –  Forest Green Rovers

2/1  –  Bradford City

2/1  –  Salford City

2/1  –  Leyton Orient

10/1 –  Northampton Town

 

League Two Promotion

 

6/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

8/1  –  Bradford City

8/1  –  Salford City

8/1  –  Leyton Orient

 


 

Update: 01.09.21

League Two Winner

Forest Green Rovers’ excellent winning start to the season game to an end in their fifth league game of the campaign when they lost 2-0 at home to Port Vale, however the Gloucestershire side still sit two points ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the division. These were the first points dropped by Rovers although they remain second favourites to clinch the League Two title at the end of the season, most firms going 7/1 that the lift themselves up to the third tier as champions.

Nevertheless favourites in this particular market are Bradford City who edged their way to a 3-2 win at Mansfield Town in their last league outing. The Batman’s have won three, drawn one and lost one of their opening five league outings this season, however despite this relative inconsistency the bookies make them favourites to win the division at general odds of 9/2.

 

9/2  –  Bradford City

7/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

9/1  –  Mansfield Town

10/1 –  Salford City

14/1 –  Swindon Town

14/1 –  Leyton Orient

 

League Two Promotion

The fight to win promotion from the fourth tier is always hugely intense and this will almost certainly be the case towards the end of the current campaign. As usual the betting market is extremely tight in these early stages of the season and the market closely reflects that of ‘outright winner’, Bradford City being the favourites for promotion to League One at odds of 7/4 and Forest Green Rovers second at 2/1.

 

7/4  –  Bradford City

2/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

9/4  –  Mansfield Town

5/2  –  Salford City

3/1  –  Leyton Orient

10/3 –  Northampton Town

10/3 –  Newport County

 


 

Update: 26.08.21

League Two Winner

Having thrashed Crawley Town to the tune of 6-3 in their last League Two outing, Forest Green Rovers continued their excellent start to the new season and they remain the only side not to have dropped points since the start to the campaign. A 3-1 defeat at Premier League side Brentford in the Carabao Cup last time out was no huge surprise and it does at least allow Rovers to focus squarely on promotion from the fourth tier. Rovers now sit two points clear at the top of the division, however they aren’t favourites to win promotion or clinch the League Two title, this particular accolade belonging to Bradford City who sit second in the division with ten points to their name.

The Bantams have won two, drawn one and lost one of their four league games and the bookmakers have them priced at 3/1 to win the League Two title, ahead of Forest Green Rovers at 6/1 and Mansfield Town at a general 8/1. Newly-relegated sides Northampton Town, Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers are way down the market at odds of 16/1, 20/1 and 25/1 respectively.

 

3/1  –  Bradford City

6/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

8/1  –  Mansfield Town

12/1 –  Salford City

14/1 –  Carlisle United

14/1 –  Newport County

14/1 –  Leyton Orient

14/1 –  Exeter City

 

League Two Promotion

The battle to win promotion from the fourth tier is always hugely intense and we don’t anticipate things being any different in 2021/22. Unsurprisingly the ‘League Two Promotion’ betting market closely reflects the ‘Winner’ market with Bradford City being favourites to finish in pole position at odds of 11/10. Current division frontrunners Forest Green Rovers are second in the market at general odds of 11/8 while Mansfield Town are 2/1 to haul themselves into the third tier at the end of the campaign.

 

11/10 – Bradford City

11/8 –  Forest Green Rovers

2/1  –  Mansfield Town

11/4 –  Salford City

11/4 –  Newport County

7/2  –  Carlisle United

7/2  –  Northampton Town

 


 

18.08.21

League Two Winner

 

Prior to the start of the season, Salford City were firm favourites to win the League Two title at the close the campaign, however City have collected just two points from their opening three league outings and the odds on them finishing top the pile have drifted significantly from 6/1 to as much as 12/1 with some bookmakers. Indeed with two wins and one draw from their opening three League Two matches, Bradford City sit second in the division as things stand and they are the bookies’ choice to finish the season in pole position. Some firms go as low as 4/1 on the Bantams winning promotion as League Two champions and going on their solid start, they are certainly a team to be watched the coming months.

Forest Green Rovers currently occupy top spot in the division with three wins from their opening three league outings and the Gloucestershire outfit are a general 8/1 shout to finish top the pile, alongside third-placed Mansfield Town at the same odds. Of the three sides which dropped down from League One at the close last season, Northampton Town are the lowest priced to make an immediate return to the third tier as champions at 12/1, fellow relegated sides Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town 16/1 and 25/1 respectively for the league title.

 

League Two Promotion

If you don’t fancy Bradford City to finish the season in pole position, then you can back the West Yorkshire side to be promoted at a general 11/8 while Mansfield Town are a 7/4 punt to haul themselves into League One. Current pace-setters Forest Green Rovers are also priced at 7/4 to lift themselves into the third tier while newly-relegated Northampton Town are 5/2to return to League One at the first time of asking.

Leyton Orient are one of three sides priced at 11/4 for promotion to League One, the others being Salford City and Tranmere Rovers. Kenny Jackett is the man in charge at Brisbane Road and there can be no doubt that he knows his way around these lower leagues. Three centre-forwards have been added during the summer transfer window and as such, we envisage Orient being amongst the promotion challengers come the end of the campaign.

 

 


 

03.08.21

League Two Winner

 

The current favourites to win the League Two title are Salford City at odds of just 6/1. There can be little doubt that the ambition of the club hierarchy is to lift the side up through the divisions as fast as possible and they put in a solid showing when finishing 8th last season. It’s likely that they will build on this in the upcoming campaign and with the addition of experienced keeper Tom King it is clear that they don’t intend to take their feet off the gas.

Salford have also added Conor McAleny to the ranks, the centre-half banging in 17 goals for Oldham Athletic throughout 2020/21. He will certainly add another goal threat to the Salford ranks alongside Ian Henderson, therefore it’s not hard to see why City are firm favourites to finish the season in pole position and at the prices given it’s surely worth a punt.

 

League Two Promotion

Should you not fancy Salford City’s chances of winning the League Two title, then they can be backed at 7/4 for promotion by any means. Next up are Bristol Rovers at a general 11/4, these odds being a bit of a surprise given that the Pirates were far from impressive when dropping down from League One last season. The Gas have been active in the summer transfer market, however while we believe that they will be in or around the play-off berths from the outset, we believe that promotion will be out of reach.

One team which attracts attention is Leyton Orient at odds of 10/3 for promotion. The East London outfit have Kenny Jackett in the hot-seat and he certainly knows his way round the lower leagues. He has added three centre-forwards this summer and it would be no surprise were Jackett to lead Orient on a promotion push this term.

 


 

Update: 11.05.21

 

As the regular League Two seasons draws to a close, we can now turn our attention to the play-offs. Bolton Wanderers have secured for themselves promotion straight back to League One alongside Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town, however there remains the small matter of who replaces them in the third tier and as things stand the smart money seems to be on Morecambe. The Shrimps have enjoyed an excellent season and they ended the regular campaign on a high note with back-to-back 2-0 wins over Walsall and Bradford City. Indeed the Lancashire side have won all-but-one of their last six games, the exception being a 1-0 defeat at home to a Bolton Wanderers side which pipped them at the post for an automatic promotion berth by just a single point.

The bookmakers go a general 9/4 that the Shrimps win promotion to League One this season, a decent price on a side which finished the regular campaign five points above fifth-placed Newport County. The latter finished the regular season on a five-match unbeaten run with three wins during this time and the bookies make them second favourites in the promotion battle at general odds of 5/2.

Forest Green Rovers finished in sixth position at the end of the season and they are a 3/1 punt to win promotion to League One while Tranmere Rovers complete the four play-off sides, the Wirrall outfit a also a 3/1 shot for promotion to the third tier.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

9/4  –  Morecambe

5/2  –  Newport County

3/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

3/1  –  Tranmere Rovers

 


 

Update: 06.05.21

 

Cheltenham Town have secured their promotion to League One for next season and they are just a single game away from being declared as champions, assuming of course that they remain clear of second-placed Cambridge United. With just a single match left to play before the regular season draws to a close, Cambridge sit two points adrift of the Robins but their goal difference is slightly better and a win for Cambridge and a draw for Cheltenham would result in the two sides swapping places. As such nothing short of three points from the league leaders will do this weekend.

The bookmakers are naturally confident of Cheltenham Town’s chances of being promoted as League Two champions with most firms going 1/3 that they finish in pole position. The Robins have enjoyed an excellent season with just 12 defeats from their 45 games thus far and whatever the outcome this weekend, they will at least be assured of a place in the third tier.

Cambridge United aren’t yet guaranteed their place in League One although their recent form suggests that they avoid falling into the play-offs. The East Anglian side sit one point clear of third-placed Bolton Wanderers and two clear of fourth-placed Morecambe, therefore much hinges on the weekend results. The bookmakers go 5/2 that Cambridge go up as champions while they go 1/50 that they will indeed be promoted at the end of the season. Bolton Wanderers re also odds-on at 1/5 to join them in League One while most firms go Evens on Morecambe making the jump.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/50 – Cambridge United

1/5  –  Bolton Wanderers

Evens – Morecambe

5/2  –  Tranmere Rovers

11/4 –  Newport County

5/1  –  Exeter City

6/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

16/1 –  Salford City

 


 

Update: 31.04.21

Cheltenham Town – Promoted

Cheltenham Town have now secured their place in League One for next season, the Robins having enjoyed an excellent campaign. With two games left to play, the Gloucestershire outfit sit two points clear of second-placed Cambridge United and they will now have their sights firmly set on the League Two trophy, the bookies going a general 4/9 that they finish the campaign in pole position.

 

Cambridge United – 1/100 for promotion

Cheltenham’s main rivals are Cambridge United who sit two points adrift in second position. United have been around the top of the division for much of the season and they are effectively already at the finishing line as far as promotion is concerned, five points separating them from fourth-placed Morecambe. With promotion all-but-assured, the East Anglians will also be looking at clinching the title from under Cheltenham Town’s noses and they are a general 2/1 punt to do just that.

 

Bolton Wanderers – 1/16 for promotion

Bolton Wanderers currently sit third in the League two table and they are very much in the driving seat as far as an immediate return to League One is concerned. The Trotters have stumbled a few times this season but on the whole they have been solid both at home and away, therefore the bookies have them priced up at 1/16 to lift themselves back into the third tier and 10/1 to do it as champions.

 

Best of the Rest

Morecambe will almost certainly need to negotiate the play-offs in order to reach League One and the bookies have priced up at 9/4 to be plying their trade in the third tier next term. Tranmere Rovers are up for grabs at the very same odds while Salford City are a general 3/1 punt. Of the other sides in with a chance of reaching and making it through the play-offs, Newport County are 4/1 for promotion while Forest Green and Exeter City are 8/1 apiece.

 


 

Update: 26.03.21

Cheltenham Town are hanging onto pole position in the League Two table as the season fast approaches the business end, however the Robins sit just a single point above Cambridge United as things stand and just three above third-placed Forest Green Rovers. As such, while Town are looking good for promotion to League One, the battle rages on for the trophy.

The bookies are hugely confident that the Gloucestershire side will make the leap up to the third tier at the end of the campaign with most firms going odds-on at just 1/10, however the Robins are odds-against to finish top of the pile at as much as 7/5. Cheltenham have generally been enjoying some excellent results in recent weeks although they have taken their eye off the ball at times with defeats to Mansfield Town (3-1) and Barrow (0-2) in their last four outings. Indeed such is the competitiveness of this division that nothing should be taken for granted and should Town suffer another couple of defeats in the coming weeks, they could find themselves out of the top three entirely.

Cambridge United are still hanging on in second position in the League Two table although they have played at least one game more than all the other sides in the top half of the table. The bookies go 10/11 that United find themselves in League One next term while 8/1 says they’ll go up as champions.

Bolton Wanderers are the side deemed most likely to rise back up to the third tier (after Cheltenham Town) with the bookies going a general 4/6 that their stay in the bottom tier of the Football League is a brief one. Forest Green Rovers are third in the market at 8/11 for promotion while Tranmere Rovers complete the top five in the market at odds of 5/6.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/10 –  Cheltenham Town

4/6  –  Bolton Wanderers

8/11 –  Forest Green Rovers

10/11 – Cambridge United

5/6  –  Tranmere Rovers

 

 

Update: 11.03.21

Cheltenham Town still reign supreme at the summit of the League Two table despite the Robins having  lost 3-1 at Mansfield Town last time out. The Gloucestershire outfit have generally impressed this season and there’s little indication that this defeat was the start of a downturn in fortunes, however manager Michael Duff will be eager to steer his side back to winning ways as soon as possible.

The Robins’ lead at the top of the division is now down to just a single point but they do enjoy two games-in-hand over second-placed Cambridge United. The bookies remain optimistic that Cheltenham will win promotion to League One at the end of the campaign with some firms going as low as 1/6 that this proves to be the case.

Cheltenham’s main rivals are perceived to be Forest Green Rovers who sit third in the League Two able. Rovers also sit just a single point behind the Robins in the division but they have played the same number of games and are priced at 8/13 to lift themselves into the third tier next term.

Tranmere Rovers have been enjoying an excellent season and they sit fourth in the League Two table as things stand, the Prenton Park outfit a general price of 5/4 for promotion, the same odds as eighth-placed Exeter City who enjoy games-in-hand over all the sides above them in the division.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/6  –  Cheltenham Town

8/13 –  Forest Green Rovers

5/4  –  Tranmere Rovers

5/4  –  Exeter City

13/8 –  Bolton Wanderers

9/4  –  Newport County

9/4  –  Cambridge United

9/4  –  Salford City

11/4 –  Morecambe

4/1  –  Carlisle United

 

Update: 03.03.21

Things remain tight at the top end of the League Two table with just two points separating the top four sides in the division. Cheltenham Town’s excellent recent run has been enough to lift them into pole position in the league table and they are now massive odds-on favourites to win promotion to League One at 1/5 with many bookmakers.

The Robins made it three wins in succession when they edged past Southend United to the tune of 1-0 on Tuesday evening and they now sit a single point ahead of second-placed Cambridge United having played two games less.

Forest Green Rovers are next in the betting at odds of 4/5, the Gloucestershire side having enjoyed an excellent season so far, while Tranmere Rovers are the only other side at odds-on for promotion, the Prenton Park outfit a 10/11 shot to lift themselves up to the third tier at the end of the campaign.

For much of the season, Carlisle United were one of the favourites to haul themselves into League One at the end of 2020/21, however following an excellent run, the Cumbrians have inexorably hit a dreadful patch. Chris Beech’s men have sunk down to twelfth position in the division on the back of a truly abysmal run which has seen them collect just a single point from their last six outings.

From being odds-on favourites for promotion just a couple of weeks ago, the Cumbrians are now out at 13/8 to be plying their trade in League One next season and while they do still have at least two games-in-hand over all the sides above them in the league table, recent results don’t bode well as we head rapidly towards the business end of the campaign.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/5  –  Cheltenham Town

4/5  –  Forest Green Rovers

10/11 – Tranmere Rovers

13/8 –  Carlisle United

5/4  –  Salford City

2/1  –  Cambridge United

2/1  –  Bolton Wanderers

9/4  –  Exeter City

 

Update: 24.02.21

 

 

Carlisle United suffered yet another setback in their League Two promotion bid last night when they succumbed to a 2-3 defeat to Tranmere Rovers at Brunton Park. Chris Beech’s men do have at least two games-in-hand over all of the sides above them in the League Two table, however they have collected just a single point from their last four outings and have slipped down to tenth position in the division. Indeed while the Cumbrians were 3/1 second-favourites to clinch the title just a few days ago, they are now out at 5/1 to finish at the top of the pile and Beech will be desperate to turn things around following this dramatic drop in form.

Forest Green Rovers are now favourites to win the League Two title, the Gloucestershire side currently sitting just a single point behind leaders Cambridge United with three games-in-hand. Rovers are a general 2/1 punt to finish the season at the summit of the division and they have been enjoying some excellent form in recent weeks with their last five outings returning four wins and a draw.

Cheltenham Town make up the top-three in the League Two table with just a single point separating them from Forest Green. The Robins have played one game more than Rovers but two less than Cambridge United and they are priced at 5/2 to win the title.

Exeter City complete the top four in the ‘League Two Winner’ betting market, the Grecians currently residing in sixth position in the table and a general 10/1 punt to finish in pole position at the end of the campaign.

 

League Two Winner Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

2/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

5/2  –  Cheltenham Town

5/1  –  Carlisle United

10/1-  Exeter City

12/1 –  Salford City

14/1 –  Tranmere Rovers

14/1 –  Cambridge United

25/1 –  Morecambe

 

Update: 18.02.21

While Carlisle United have at least three games-in-hand over all the sides above them in the League Two table, Chris Beech’s men have had their League Two title ambitions dented in recent weeks. The Cumbrians were beaten 2-1 at home to Forest Green Rovers earlier this month and this was followed by a 1-0 defeat away to Harrogate Town on Tuesday evening. Carlisle have only been in action four times since the turn of the year and this inactivity – coupled with their two recent defeats – has been enough to send them spiralling down to ninth position in the league table.

The bookies remain confident that Carlisle can return to winning ways and haul themselves back into title contention, most firms going around 11/4 that the trophy ends up at Brunton Park at the close of play. Nevertheless, Beech’s men have a lot of ground to make up following their enforced inactivity and given recent results, it remains to be seen whether they can rediscover the art of winning.

Third-placed Cheltenham Town are perceived as Carlisle’s biggest rivals in the race for the League Two title, most firms going 3/1 that they finish top of the pile but some going as low as 7/4. Forest Green Rovers have been enjoying some excellent results of late and having hauled themselves into the top-two in the League Two table, the Gloucestershire outfit are a general 4/1 punt to finish top of the pile.

Cambridge United remain in pole position in the division, however the bookies clearly don’t believe that they remain there until the end of the campaign, most firms going 16/1 that they lift the trophy.

 

League Two Winner Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

7/4  –  Cheltenham Town

3/1  –  Carlisle United

4/1  –  Forest Green Rovers

7/1  –  Salford City

12/1 –  Exeter City

16/1 –  Cambridge United

20/1 –  Newport County

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/4  –  Cheltenham Town

4/9  –  Carlisle United

8/13 –  Forest Green Rovers

5/6  –  Salford City

6/4  –  Exeter City

5/2  –  Cambridge United

5/2  –  Newport County

10/3 –  Tranmere Rovers

 

Update: 10.02.21

The bookies remain confident that Carlisle United will win promotion to League One at the end of the season despite Chris Beech’s men dropping down to eighth in the League Two table. The Cumbrians have only managed to play two games since 2nd January, this being due to a combination of frozen pitches, waterlogged pitches, floodlight failure and of course Covid-19, the latter hitting the Carlisle squad particularly hard.

As things stand, the Cumbrians sit six points adrift of table-topping Cambridge United in the League Two table, however Beech’s side enjoy five games-in-hand over the division leaders and at least three games-in-hand over all other sides above them in the table. This is a lot of ground to make up and it suggests a very hectic run-in towards the business end of the campaign. Nevertheless the bookies are of the opinion that Carlisle can haul themselves back up the table and while they lost 2-1 at home to promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers in their last outing, most firms go a general 1/3 that the Cumbrians find themselves in the third tier next season.

Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town are joint second-favourites in the promotion market at 8/11 apiece while Newport County and Exeter City are also neck and neck at 11/8 apiece. Salford City are a 6/4 punt to make the jump while current leaders Cambridge United are 7/4 for promotion to League One.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

1/3  –  Carlisle United

8/11 –  Forest Green Rovers

8/11 –  Cheltenham Town

11/8 –  Newport County

11/8 –  Exeter City

6/4  –  Salford City

7/4  –  Cambridge United

3/1  –  Tranmere Rovers

 

Update: 29.01.21

Carlisle United find themselves sliding down the League Two table due to their recent inactivity. The Cumbrians have not only been forced to deal with the continued pandemic disruption, they have also been victims of floodlight failure and a waterlogged pitch on their travels, therefore manager Chris Beech will be looking to get his side back into action as soon as possible. Saturday afternoon sees the visit of Exeter City to Brunton Park and if the Cumbrians secure all three points against the Grecians, they could haul themselves back up to the summit of the division

As things stand, Carlisle sit three points behind table-topping Cambridge United with Beech’s men having four games-in-hand at their disposal. The bookmakers remain confident that the Cumbrians will go all the way this season with some firms going as low as 6/4 that they finish in pole position and odds-on at 2/5 that they win promotion to League One, whether they achieve this via automatic promotion or via the play-offs.

Newport County also have games-in-hand at their disposal and while they sit in fifth position in the division as things stand, the South Wales outfit are joint-second in the ‘League One Promotion’ betting market at odds of 5/6, the same price as current second-placed side Forest Green Rovers. The only other side priced at odds-on for promotion are Cheltenham Town at 10/11 while Salford City and Exeter City are 13/8 apiece to haul themselves into League One at the end of the campaign.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

2/5 –  Carlisle United

5/6  –  Newport County

5/6  –  Forest Green Rovers

11/10 – Cheltenham Town

13/8 –  Exeter City

13/8 –  Salford City

 

Update: 26.01.21

Carlisle United haven’t kicked a ball in anger since January 2nd and on the back of this they have slipped out of the top-three in the League One table. The Cumbrians remain favourites for both promotion and the League Two title but they have a lot of ground to make up in the weeks ahead.

Chris Beech’s men now sit fourth in the division with three points separating them from top spot, however the Cumbrians have four games-in-hand over table-topping Cambridge United and this will become five games given that tonight’s trip to Newport County has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Carlisle have certainly been the victim of some bad luck along the way, games being called off due to floodlight failure, the aforementioned waterlogged pitch and of course Covid-19. They have played less games than every other side in League Two and all of this at no fault to themselves, therefore Beech will be desperate for his side to return to action as soon as possible.

The bookies remain confident that the Cumbrians can return to the top of the division once they have played at least some of their games in hand, most firms going 2/5 that they win promotion to League One at the end of the campaign and 7/4 that they make the jump as League Two champions. Nevertheless, Carlisle have a lot of ground to make up and they have a very hectic schedule in the pipeline should they fail to return to action any time soon.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

2/5 –  Carlisle United

5/6  –  Newport County

5/6  –  Forest Green Rovers

11/10 – Cheltenham Town

11/8 –  Exeter City

13/8 –  Salford City

 

Update: 22.01.21

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to play havoc with fixtures in the lower divisions of the Football League and having had their last two games cancelled, Carlisle United have droped from top spot in League Two. The Cumbrians now sit third in the division behind Newport County and current leaders Cambridge United, however just two points separate Chris Beech’s men from the top of the table and they enjoy three games-in-hand over Cambridge and one game-in-hand over Newport.

As such, the bookmakers still have Carlisle priced as favourites for both promotion to League One and the League Two title at the end of the season, most firms going 2/5 that they make the jump and 7/4 that they lift the trophy.

The Cumbrians were due to face Forest Green Rovers at Brunton Park on Saturday afternoon but once again this match has fallen foul of Covid-19 and has had to be postponed. This will be a massive disappointment for the fans and it is a further blow to the club’s aspirations following what was a very promising first-half of the season.

It remains to be seen whether Carlisle will manage to continue the momentum when they finally return to action – whenever that will be – however the likelihood is that they will in the meantime continue to slide down the League Two table due to their enforced inactivity.

 

13.01.21

  • Carlisle sit one point clear at the top of the table
  • The Cumbrians have lost just one of their last seven league outings
  • Chris Beech’s men are odds-on favourites to win promotion

 

Carlisle United were denied a chance to send themselves four points clear at the top of the League Two table when their Monday-evening meeting with Harrogate Town had to be postponed due to floodlight failure. This was a huge disappointment for the Cumbrians who would doubtless have been keen to maintain the momentum following their excellent league run. Chris Beech’s men have won five and lost just one of their last seven League Two outings and this has been enough to send them to the summit of the division as we fast approach the mid-way point of the campaign.

The bookies are confident that the Cumbrians will win promotion to League One at the end of the season with some firms going as low as 4/11 that they find themselves in the third-tier next term, while Beech’s side are also favourites to win the title at general odds of 11/4.

Second-placed Newport County currently sit just one point behind the Cumbrians in the League Two table, the South Wales outfit enjoying a game-in-hand over the league leaders. The bookies go 1/2 on County lifting themselves up to League One at the end of the campaign, ahead of Cheltenham Town who are 4/5 to make the jump.

 

League Two Promotion Odds from BetVictor Bookmakers

 

4/11 –  Carlisle United

1/2  –  Newport County

4/5  –  Cheltenham Town

Evs  –  Forest Green Rovers

5/4  –  Exeter City

6/4  –  Salford City

2/1  –  Cambridge United