BetVictor Pundit Predicts 239/1 Treble for the Football League Winners this Season
BetVictor pundit Gabriel Sutton has picked out his idea of the winner of the three Football League divisions this season and you can back the treble at big odds with BetVictor.
The new Football League season gets underway this weekend and BetVictor have published an in-depth guide for each league, with the 1-24 predicted in each of the divisions.
We have put together the winner prediction for the Championship, League One and League Two and at the current odds, you will get a whopping 239/1 if all three teams win their division.
Leicester to win the Championship – 3/1
Gabriel Sutton said: “The last 15 years have been more incredible for Leicester than anyone could have imagined, but after relegation last season, it’s now a case of starting a new journey under Enzo Maresca.
The former Manchester City assistant has impressed natives early on, and is committed to delivering stylish, expansive, free-flowing football.
The Italian inherited an excellent squad, even with the departures of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, and the likely exit of some from Timothy Castagne, Wilfred Ndidi, Boubakary Soumaré, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Any remaining from the question-marked quintet could star, along with Belgium international defender Wout Faes, technical right-back Ricardo Pereira, domestic talents Luke Thomas and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, at left-back and in midfield respectively, and Patson Daka.
The 2020-21 Austrian Bundesliga top goalscorer will compete or combine with City legend Jamie Vardy, who at 36 won’t have the electric pace of yesteryear, but can still get away from defenders in the box, and is capable of poaching for fun in the right system.
That system will be a 4-4-2 diamond that converts into a 3-2-4-1 – or at least, that’s our best interpretation of it!
The flip comes when Pereira shifts from right-back into a right-sided #6 next to deep-lying playmaker Harry Winks, who joins from Tottenham to be the fulcrum of City’s play.
Elsewhere, cultured Man City loanee Callum Doyle will start as a left-back but often tuck into a back-three with Faes and marquee signing Conor Coady, who brings defensive leadership after signing for a reported £7.5M.
Further up, Timothy Castagne starts on the right of the diamond but drifts to right wing-back when Pereira moves infield, while homegrown talent Wanya Marcal-Madivadua goes from second striker to an attacking left wing-back role, allowing Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall the space to push into a left-sided #10 position next to Dennis Praet.
The indications are that Maresca has got his ideas across straight away, and with the international calibre of this squad, the results could be ominous for the rest.”
Portsmouth to win League One – 9/1
The biggest odds of the three ante-post league winners bet is Portsmouth to finally get out of League One. Will this be the year Pompy finally escape back to the Championship?
“If Richard Hughes succeeds Fratton Park, he’ll enhance his reputation as one of the most exciting Sporting Directors in English football.
Instrumental behind Forest Green’s 2021-22 League Two title win, Hughes has made some left-field calls since arriving at Portsmouth in September, firstly to appoint John Mousinho as Head Coach.
In January, Mousinho was still registered as a player at Oxford, responsible only for coaching set pieces, and to give the then 36-year-old his first opportunity as a number one was a bold call, to say the least.
Hughes’ bravery looks to have paid off, though, even if 39 points from 23 wasn’t enough to haul Pompey into the Play-Offs.
Mousinho looks an outstanding communicator, so if he can deliver Play-Off form straight from jumping aboard this management raft cold, what he could do after a summer to find his sea legs?
They’re not the only thing he’s found: 11 new additions arrive at Fratton Park, in a change of direction from dependence on both experience under Kenny Jackett, and loans under Danny Cowley.
Now, the central theme is peak-age performers who have shown huge potential previously, but not yet been able to fulfil it.
Assured defender Regan Poole, 6’3” centre-back Conor Shaughnessy, attacking left wing-back Jack Sparkes and technical midfielder Ben Stevenson, plus direct wide forwards Gavin Whyte and Anthony Scully, born either side of the Irish border, all hitch up in PO4.
Portsmouth back themselves to identity the reasons for these players not enjoying linear progression in early 20s, then create cultural, stylistic or fitness-based conditions to minimize those obstacles.
Crucially, they also retain a reliable core in right-backs Zak Swanson and Joe Rafferty, left-sided defenders Ryley Towler and Connor Ogilvie, experienced controller Marlon Pack, energetic midfielder Joe Morrell, magician Tom Lowery, and focal point Colby Bishop.
Pompey have also invested in talent, adding Terry Devlin and Christian Saydee, exuberant pressers in midfield and attack respectively, as well as loaning Abu Kamara from Norwich – the poacher bagged 13 in 15 PL2 encounters.
Elsewhere, watch out for Kusini Yengi – he could be the League One Henry!
Excitement is building, Mousinho is coming at management from a fresh angle, and the fact Portsmouth haven’t gone for known quantities almost makes them more dangerous.”
Notts County to win League Two – 5/1
Writing in his BetVictor blog, Gabriel Sutton said: “One of the most iconic National League photos was of Luke Williams lifting the Play-Off winners trophy above his head, looking to the skies, as if celebrating with the late Jason Turner.
The Notts County chief executive had been an integral part of the club’s journey back on track after an era of chaos and instability, but sadly passed away in March: taken far too young at the age of 50.
Turner’s legacy lives on at Meadow Lane, and making him proud is a driving motivation for the ‘Pies pursuit of back-to-back promotions, after reclaiming proud status as the world’s oldest (and newest) Football League club.
Williams was key to that accomplishment, bringing advanced tactical ideas but also the human skills to get people buying into them, none more so than Macaulay Langstaff.
The 26-year-old scored an astonishing 42 league goals last season (all non-penalty), the most in a National League campaign, and County intend to keep their star man, after losing Ruben Rodrigues to Oxford.
Rodrigues was a huge part of what Notts County achieved, but his exit wasn’t a concern after the statement signing of David McGoldrick from Derby, as the 35-year-old returns to Meadow Lane, where he last played in 2004.
McGoldrick was one of the best players in League One last season and could be a delight to watch at this level, only being attainable due to logistical circumstance.
The attacking midfielder has recent Championship experience and so does Dan Crowley, another inventive, quick-thinker, who impressed in League One with Morecambe in the second half of last season.
Throw in the form of Sam Austin, who established an excellent pairing with Adam Chicksen last season, and the two number 10 positions in Luke Williams’ tactically exquisite 3-4-2-1 system look a real strong point.
Another is the midfield, where John Bostock consistently threads passes through the eye of a needle, and where Matty Palmer covers every blade of grass whilst inexplicably making that look effortless.
Penetration comes from Aaron Nemane, a true livewire at right wing-back, while Adam Chicksen is more of a steadying presence on the left, relying more on link-up play with his corresponding #10, and wide centre-back Kyle Cameron.
The Magpies’ patterns of play will be a delight to watch, and they’ll be ferocious in the press, so it’s just a matter of whether Sam Slocombe or Aidan Stone can find form between the sticks, and Aden Baldwin can stay fit to bring recovery pace to their defensive high line.
An outstanding box midfield, a prolific goalscorer, a phenomenal coach, and a team that’s used to winning: this could be special…”
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