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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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2019-20 League One Season

The new League One season began on Saturday 3 August. 

Top of the Table after Matchweek 3

1 Lincoln City 9

2 Blackpool 9

3 Wycombe Wanderers 7

4 Coventry City 7

5 Fleetwood Town 6

6 Rotherham United 6


Bottom of the table


18 AFC Wimbledon 1

19 Accrington Stanley 1

20 Peterborough United 1

22 Southend United 0

23 Bolton Wanderers -11

24 Bury -12 


Accrington Stanley, MK Dons and Gillingham have only played two games. Bury are yet to start their league season due to ongoing financial problems and face expulsion from the Football League.

Upcoming fixtures

Tuesday 20 August 

7.45pm KO         

Accrington Stanley v Shrewsbury             

Bristol Rovers v Tranmere Rovers             

Fleetwood Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Gillingham v Blackpool  

Ipswich Town v AFC Wimbledon

MK Dons v Lincoln City  

Oxford Utd v Burton Albion

Portsmouth v Coventry City

Rochdale v Sunderland 

Southend v Peterborough           

8pm KO                    

Bolton Wanderers v Doncaster Rovers



Here's a list of the teams taking part in the League One this season with their 2018-19 finishing position in brackets.

  • Accrington Stanley (14th)
  • AFC Wimbledon (20th)
  • Blackpool (10th)
  • Bolton Wanderers (relegated from the Championship in 23rd place)
  • Bristol Rovers (15th)
  • Burton Albion (9th)
  • Bury (Promoted after finishing second in League Two)
  • Coventry City (8th)
  • Doncaster Rovers (6th)
  • Fleetwood Town (11th)
  • Gillingham (13th)
  • Ipswich Town (finished bottom of the Championship)
  • Lincoln City (League Two Champions)
  • MK Dons (promoted after finishing third in League Two)
  • Oxford United (12th)
  • Peterborough United (7th)
  • Portsmouth (4th)
  • Rochdale (16th)
  • Rotherham United (relegated from the Championship in 22nd place)
  • Shrewsbury Town (18th)
  • Southend United (19th)
  • Sunderland (5th)
  • Tranmere Rovers (won League Two play-offs)
  • Wycombe Wanderers (17th)

 Both Bury and Bolton Wanderers will start the season on -12 points. Deductions have been made over financial issues.

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 

2018-19 Season

Luton, Barnsley and Charlton Promoted

  1. Luton Town 94
  2. Barnsley 91
  3. Charlton Athletic 88 (promoted after beating Sunderland in the play-off final)
  4. Portsmouth 88
  5. Sunderland  85
  6. Doncaster Rovers 73


21 Plymouth Argyle 50

22 Walsall 47

23 Scunthorpe United 46

24 Bradford City 41 

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:

  • 2018-19: Luton Town
  • 2017-18: Wigan Athletic
  • 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:

  • 2018-19: Charlton Athletic
  • 2017-18: Rotherham United
  • 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 five occasions. Fifth placed teams have won twice and the team in sixth has won just once.


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