The Best League Two Betting Tips for the 2015/16 Season
Football predictions for the new season from League Two where our tipster has picked three football tips.
This season’s line up look by far the most competitive League Two we’ve seen in a while. There are a number of teams who believe they can secure promotion and many managers have splashed the cash in order to find their way out of the division.
League Two Betting Tips 2015/16 Season
There’s a Dutch invasion at Notts County and along with Luton and Mansfield they have signed virtually a whole new starting 11 for the forthcoming campaign. Cambridge have acquired a decent collection of players including the returning Luke Berry and promotion winning striker Barry Corr and there are relative unknowns such as Derek Adams’ appointment at Plymouth and the return of Bristol Rovers to the Football League at the first time of asking.
Portsmouth are favourites for promotion, quite rightly as Paul Cook has assembled a very impressive and dangerous squad. Gary Roberts follows him from Chesterfield and if he stays fit, the playmaker is too good for this level. Kai Naismith and Kyle Bennett will provide plenty of ammunition from the wings and they still have the potent Matt Tubbs up front. Enda Stevens and Christian Burgess should shore up a leaky back four that was their Achilles heel last season but I fancy the second favourites to join them in rising to League One.
In some people’s eyes Oxford United are in a fairly incongruous position of being second favourites for promotion and I think they are justified in this position. They have signed extremely well and although he has struggled in the past, there is clearly something about Michael Appleton and this could be the year he makes a name for himself.
One of the best signings could be goalkeeper Sam Slocombe who was highly rated for a while and could be in a decent season, but Kemar Roofe caught my eye when he signed for the club permanently as he impressed on loan last season. He scored numerous goals from midfield last season and I’m surprised that West Brom let him go. George Baldock and Liam Sercombe are decent signings at this level and Danny Hylton will always score goals. I can see them having a successful season.
Oxford United to be promoted – 2/1 Bet365.
There was joy at Newport County this week as the fans were given the green light to take over the club. But I fear for them this season as I think it may be a long hard struggle for my next football tip on League Two this season. Since losing superb young manager Justin Edinburgh to Gillingham, they have struggled and Jimmy Dack decided not to take the job before Terry Butcher was appointed. The former England man has always struggled with management in this country, excelling in Scotland however. The nucleus of the squad which got them back in the Football League have left, with no fewer than 12 players departing in the summer and Gillingham snapping up Ryan Jackson. Aaron O’Connor has dropped down a level, along with Darren Jones whilst Shaun Jeffers and Ishmail Yakubu have moved elsewhere.
They’ve signed some decent non-league players, but they have to hit the ground running and there isn’t time for them to adapt to League Two. Alex Rodman from Gateshead, Scott Boden from Halifax and Lennel-John Lewis from Grimsby will need to provide ammunition to keep the Welsh side in the division.
Newport to be relegated – 5/1 William Hill.
Any number of players in League Two could be vying for top goalscorer but I’m going to take two players at higher prices as bookies are playing 1/4 odds 4 four places.
I was surprised to see Jon Stead drop down as far as League Two. Possibly not as effective as he once was and could struggle at Championship level, but I thought he could have settled at a League One club. He has joined Notts County who I believe will be one of the highest scoring teams in the division. He will partner up with Jimmy Spencer and Adam Campbell, signed from Newcastle and it could be a fruitful frontline.
The former Blackburn and Huddersfield man has played for plenty of clubs, but he always scored goals and there’s nothing to suggest he won’t follow suit here.
Jon Stead – Top League Two Goalscorer – 33/1 Ladbrokes.
Some players just don’t work out at particular clubs, one of which is Craig Westcarr. He joined Portsmouth last summer, dropping down from League One Walsall and many suggested he would set the league alight. He didn’t. He scored a few goals here and there, but he wasn’t anywhere near as consistent as he was for the Saddlers. He was being touted for many Championship clubs before his move south and he can be temperamental, but now at Mansfield, he will be the centre of attention and I think he can get them a few goals.
Craig Westcarr – Top League Two Goalscorer – 40/1 Paddy Power.
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