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Life in League One certainly isn't an easy one. It's a really competitive league but teams live on a knife-edge. A good run of results can put you in with a chance of winning promotion to the Championship, the second level of football in England. A poor set of results can put you in danger of ending up in League Two, the bottom rung of the Football league ladder.

With each team playing 46 and plenty of mid-week action, there nearly always seems to be League One action to bet on with fixtures not overly affected by the international breaks. 

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2018-19 League One Season

Pompey Four Points Clear at the Top

The third tier of English football has two teams trying to recapture their past glories at the top of the table after the results from the last weekend of November. Portsmouth top the table by four points from Sunderland who have been relegated in each of the last two seasons. Both teams have only lost one of their 19 league games, though Sunderland have drawn seven matches so far this season. Portsmouth beat Walsall 2-0 at home on November 27, while Sunderland beat Barnsley (who were third coming into this game) 4-2 after leading 3-0.

In third spot are Luton Towntwo points off the automatic promotion spots. They had an impressive 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Bradford City on Wednesday. Peterborough are up to fourth after beating AFC Wimbledon 1-0 and are only behind Luton on goal difference. Barnsley drop to fifth after that loss at Sunderland and are three points behind Peterborough. The final play-off place is in the hands of Charlton Athletic who won 2-1 at Burton Albion with a goal two minutes from time.

Down at the bottom of the table Bradford City are in 24th place seven points from safety. They are behind AFC Wimbledon on goal difference. Also in the bottom four are Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle on 17 and 16 points respectively with a four point gap to 20th placed Scunthorpe.

Here's a list of the teams taking part in the League One this season with their 2017-18 finishing position in brackets.

  • Accrington Stanley (Promoted from League Two, champions)
  • AFC Wimbledon (18th)
  • Barnsley (Relegated from Championship)
  • Blackpool (12th)
  • Bradford City (11th)
  • Bristol Rovers (13th)
  • Burton Albion (Relegated from Championship)
  • Charlton Athletic (6th)
  • Coventry City (Promoted from League Two, play-offs)
  • Doncaster Rovers (15th)
  • Fleetwood Town (14th)
  • Gillingham (17th)
  • Luton Town (Promoted from League Two, second)
  • Oxford United (16th)
  • Peterborough United (9th)
  • Plymouth Argyle (7th)
  • Portsmouth (8th)
  • Rochdale (20th)
  • Scunthorpe United (5th)
  • Shrewsbury Town (3rd)
  • Southend United (10th)
  • Sunderland (Relegated from Championship)
  • Walsall (19th)
  • Wycombe Wanderers (Promoted from League Two, third)

2017-18 League One Latest

Shrewsbury to Face Rotherham in Play-Off Final

Sunday May 27 sees the League One play-off final take place to decide who joins Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers in being promoted to the Championship.

Shrewsbury Town put up a bold bid to win automatic promotion but ended the season in third place nine points behind the top two. They face Rotherham United in the play-off final, their opponents finishing fourth in League One, eight points adrift of Shrewsbury and having lost 15 league games, only three less than Oldham Athletic who were relegated to League Two.

The play-off semi-finals saw Shrewsbury beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 on aggregate, winning both of the legs 1-0. Rotherham drew the first leg of their semi-final 2-2 away at Scunthorpe United before winning the home second leg 2-0 for a 4-2 aggregate win.

League One Betting Markets

As with most football competitions, there are plenty of opportunities to use a Free Bet on League One including in the following markets:

  • League Winners
  • Who will get promoted
  • Who will make the play-offs
  • Who'll be relegated to LeagueTwo
  • Top Northern Club
  • Top Southern Club
  • Top goalscorer in the league and for each side
  • Handicap betting
  • League positions at certain stages of the season

Where to place your League One Free Bet

More often than not the club's that have been relegated from the Championship will be the favourites for promotion. The league has seen some big names in the last few years with the likes of Nottingham Forest, Leeds, Leicester and Southampton all having spells in the division. Clubs of these stature are usually able to bounce back in to the Championship fairly quickly so perhaps Blackburn could be this year's equivalent. Sheffield Unted were regularly the favourites to win League One given their budget but they spent six seasons in the division before eventually winning promotion back to the Championship in the 2016-17 season. You can usually get good odds on teams winning the league as oppose to merely winning promotion so the value tends to lie in picking potential champions.

At the other end, it's the same story with the newly promoted clubs more often than not tipped to go straight back down. Though making their place in the higher division safe is usually newly promoted clubs top priority, some aim much higher and there has been ocassions where clubs earn back-to-back promotions and go from League Two to the Championship in just two seasons. Burton Albion are the most recent example, who after winning League Two in 2014-15 then finished 2nd in League One the season after to win promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.

League One History 

Currently sponsored by Skybet, League One is previously known as the Second Division and to fans of an older age it's Division Three. Its current name has been in existence since the 2004-05 season and previous winners are:

  • 2016-17: Sheffield United 
  • 2015-16: Wigan Athletic
  • 2014-15: Bristol City
  • 2013-14: Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • 2012-13: Doncaster Rovers
  • 2011-12: Charlton Athletic
  • 2010-11: Brighton and Hove Albion
  • 2009-10: Norwich City
  • 2008-09: Leicester City
  • 2007-08: Swansea City
  • 2006-07: Scunthorpe United
  • 2005-06: Southend United
  • 2004-05: Luton Town

Two of those League Champions now play in the Premier League (Swansea and Leicester) while promoted sides Southampton (2010-11) and Bournemouth (2012-13) also play in the top flight.

The Play-Offs

  Winners are:

  • 2016-17: Millwall
  • 2015-16: Barnsley
  • 2014-15: Preston North End
  • 2013-14: Rotherham United
  • 2012-13: Yeovil Town
  • 2011-12: Huddersfield Town
  • 2010-11: Peterborough United
  • 2009-10: Millwall
  • 2008-09: Scunthorpe United
  • 2007-08: Doncaster Rovers
  • 2006-07: Blackpool
  • 2005-06: Barnsley
  • 2004-05: Sheffield Wednesday

 Teams finishing third and fourth have both won the play-offs on four occasions. Fifth placed teams have won twice and the team in sixth has won just once.


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