Football League Preview 2014-2015
This entry was posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014
For fans of teams in the football league, it’s a time to stand up and be noticed, as for eight days they have our full attention before the Premier League starts in earnest. Then, we can largely ignore them. Whether it’s Burnley or Burton, Cardiff or Carlisle there’s all sorts of value to be had and here are four ante post Football League bets for the season.
The Championship has seen some eye raising transfers in recent weeks, with Fulham shelling out £11m on Ross McCormack probably the most notable. Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers is a general 6/1 favourite to be the top scorer in the division, but we do like the 10/1 Ladbrokes give you on the new Fulham man. 28 goals last year for a disappointing Leeds side gives us every belief he can do as well again if not better, with more impressive company around him.
Elsewhere in the Championship we think a price on Betfair of 8.2 on Reading being promoted is large. They’ve seen around 10 players leave the club over the summer, but only Adam Le Fondre is a genuine loss. They’ve still got plenty of talent and have brought in Simon Cox from Nottingham Forest on the eve of the new season whilst more arrivals are expected in the coming days. With lower expectations this season, they should find themselves with a real chance of going up come May.
Leyton Orient were a penalty shoot out away from promotion from League One last season but they’re only joint fourth favourites this time around at 9/1 with Paddy Power. The same firm go 5/4 on Orient being in the Top Six and we like the look of that. In terms of the title, 8/1 on Preston could be the bet. They bowed out of the playoff Semi-Finals last season but find themselves with all their key players from last season, something their rivals cannot say. Josh Brownhill in particular looks set for a big season, whilst the 9/1 Paddy Power offer on Joe Garner being the top scorer in the division is tempting.
Down in League Two, our eyes are on Oxford United who looked near certainties for promotion around February last season, but hardly won a game between then and May, falling away drastically. However, stability looks to have been slightly restored with new boss Michael Appleton in charge, they have a man who has the experience to take a bolstered squad to promotion. They won’t have to rely on youth in the same way as the latter stages of last season. Some bookies have them as short as 4/1 for promotion but you should get at least 6.8 on Betfair.