2022/23 League Winners Treble – 1559/1 Bet for the Championship, League One and League Two
Who will win the Championship, League One and League Two this season? Dan has been through all three of the Football Leagues and picked out his winner prediction for all three, making up a mega odds treble at over 1500/1.
The Football League is always tricky to predict and the Championnship looks particularly tough this year with the likes of Norwich, Watford, Burnley, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and West Brom all towards the top of the Championship winner odds.
Derby County are down in League One and after their off the pitch issues seem to be easing, they’re the most popular bet to get promoted straight back to the Championship.
Big spending Stockport County are the interesting addition to League Two this season and Salford City will once again be a popular choice given their backing.
As ever, nothing is easy to predict in these leagues but if you’re looking for a big ante-post pre-season accumulator, then these three teams all to win their respective leagues could be one to have a few pound on in either an each-way treble or trixie.
Sky Bet Championship
- Burnley Tipped to Bouce Straight Back to the Top Flight
The Championship is renowned for being one of the most competitive and unpredictable leagues in the world, and this year is going to prove no different. Fulham were last seasons Champions, bouncing back from relegation from the Premier League the previous season. The three relegated sides from the Premier League; Norwich, Watford and Burnley will look to repeat that fete, although it will be no easy task.
Norwich are the current ante-post market leaders (6/1 Bet365), and that price highlights that there doesn’t appear to be any one team who will run away with the league this season in the same fashion Fulham did the last. I have a feeling that Norwich will once again be heavily reliant on Teemu Pukki, their star Finnish striker. Pukki scored 11 Premier League goals in a struggling side last term and fired them to promotion the year prior by leading from the front with 26 league goals. Should he remain fit all season and continue that form, Norwich will be feared to live up to their name as a ‘yo-yo club’ and bounce straight back to the promised land.
My selection, however, will be the least fancied relegated side looking at the current ante-post prices in Burnley (12/1 Bet365). They are currently an extremely eye-catching price to return to the Premier League and at that price are too big to turn down. Like any relegated sides, they do of course come with risks attached. They have a new manager in Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, who will be plying his trade from a managerial perspective for the first time in England. That means that there is an unknown element in terms of the style of football that Burnley will play, as they have never been a side known to play sexy football.
Burnley have lost some key figures in goalkeeper Nick Pope to Newcastle and centre back James Tarkowski to Everton, however, have made some shrewd signings with Kompany using his Manchester City contacts. Two highly rated centre backs have signed from the Premier League Champions in CJ Egan-Riley and Taylor Harwood-Bellis, the latter having a successful loan spell at Stoke City last term. The key to their season however will be Scott Twine. Twine attracted plenty of interest from Championship clubs this summer after an extremely impressive season with MK Dons in League One, scoring 20 goals in 45 games. Burnley managed to beat other rivals to his signature. I can see the versatile forward being Kompany’s main man in their bid for an instant return to the Premier League.
Others to note are Watford (7/1 Betfred), West Brom (9/1 Bet365/Betfair/PP) and Sheffield United (10/1 Bet365/Bet Victor), who are all fancied to be in the mix come next May.
Selection – Burnley @ 12/1 (bet365)
Sky Bet League One
- Derby Look to put Last Season’s Troubles Behind them
Similarly to the Championship, League One once again looks ultra-competitive this season with some massive clubs in the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Ipswich, Portsmouth and Bolton all looking to have to a successful season and return to where many of their fans think they belong.
My selection is going to be another big club in Derby County (8/1 William Hill), who will be looking to return to the Championship at the first attempt. We all know the issues surrounding Derby last season, however they have now been taken over by a local businessman in David Clowes, and have subsequently exited administration.
The managerial situation at Derby is currently up in the air, with Wayne Rooney taking over as manager of MLS side D.C United, leaving Liam Rosenior as the interim manager. It is unclear whether Rosenior will get the job on a permanent basis. Other names to have been linked with vacancy include the likes of Sean Dyche, who would arguably be a brilliant appointment.
Derby have wasted no time on the transfer front, and in my opinion have made some exceptional signings. Experienced midfielder Conor Hourihane arrives from Aston Villa, electric winger Tom Barkhuizen has signed from Preston North End, and silky striker David McGoldrick has joined from Sheffield United. Should these key players, along with other signings James Chester and James Collins, click immediately I can see them being a force in this league. 8/1 is a massive price.
Selection – Derby @ 8/1 (William Hill)
Sky Bet League Two
- Cobblers to Right the Wrongs of last Season’s Heartache
Stockport County are tipped to achieve back-to-back promotions, being the current 6/1 ante- post market leaders. They have made some good signings in the likes of Callum Camps and Fraser Horsfall. However, they are way too skinny a price for me in what again looks to be a wide-open league. But that of course means there is to value to be had.
My selection here is Northampton Town (14/1 Bet365), who heartbreakingly missed out on automatic promotion last term on a dramatic final day of the season, where Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers pipped them to 3rd spot on goals scored, beating Scunthorpe 7-0 at home. They then failed to fire in the play-offs, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Mansfield across two legs. There’s no doubt to me that the events of the final day of the season were carried into the play-offs and ultimately cost them promotion to League One.
I fancy them to put that right this year, and the key to their success will heavily rely on the summer signing of striker Danny Hylton from Luton Town. Hylton climbed through the leagues with Luton and although it is fair to say he was never the most prolific in the Championship, his record in this league for Luton speaks for itself with Hylton scoring 42 league goals in 78 league games. Hylton is getting no younger, now 33, but it’s not just his goals that Northampton will be counting upon this year. He’s known for his hold up play and work rate, and I can see him being a nightmare for defences this year.
Selection – Northampton Town @ 14/1 (Bet365)
League Winners Accumulator Tip
Burnley to win the Championship – 12/1
Derby County to win League One – 8/1
Northampton Town to win League Two – 14/1
ODDS – 1559/1 with bet365.
I wouldn’t put you off playing the 3 selections in a small each way treble, which pays a massive 1559/1 with Bet365. It’s worth noting that Sky Bet tend to pay 4 places in this market, although you will be taking a shorter price.
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