League One Free Bets

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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Shrewsbury have so far defied all expectations as they sit top of the table after 15 games. The Shropshire side have made an impressive unbeaten start to the new campaign in which they have won 11 and drawn four of their games, which is all the more admirable when you consider they were amongst the favourites for the drop pre-season. They finished 18th last season and expectations were relatively low but as things have transpired, they have made their best ever start to a season in the 67 years they have been in the football league. They're the only unbeaten side in the Football League but manager Paul Hurst has been keen to downplay their chances, simply stating that the club are merely halfway towards their target of staying up. Their price has come in dramatically as a result of their start but they are still not the bookies' favourite for the league.

That mantle belongs to Wigan and the Latics are currently hot on the heels of Shrewsbury in second place just two points behind. They're odds-on to win the title and have good experience of winning promotion and their decent start as well as squad strength is what sees them favoured so heavily by the bookies'. Charlton and Blackburn are the other two sides that most of the bookmakers' consider to be there or there abouts come the end of the season and both of those sides currently nicely within the play-off places. 

At the other end of the scale, Blackpool had started the season as the favourites to go down but the Seasiders have fared ok so far. Gillingham and Plymouth however are struggling and both sides are now odds-on for the drop. They've both won just two games each so far this campaign so it could be a long season ahead if things continue.

  1. AFC Wimbledon (15th)
  2. Blackburn Rovers (22nd in the Championship)
  3. Blackpool (7th in League Two)
  4. Bradford City (5th)
  5. Bristol Rovers (10th)
  6. Bury (19th)
  7. Charlton Athletic (13th)
  8. Doncaster (3rd in League Two)
  9. Fleetwood Town (4th)
  10. Gillingham (20th)
  11. MK Dons (12th)
  12. Northampton Town (16th)
  13. Oldham Athletic (17th)
  14. Oxford United (8th)
  15. Peterborough United (11th)
  16. Plymouth (2nd in League Two)
  17. Portsmouth (1st in League Two)
  18. Rochdale (9th)
  19. Rotherham United (24th in the Championship)
  20. Scunthorpe United (3rd)
  21. Shrewsbury (18th)
  22. Southend United (7th)
  23. Walsall (3rd)
  24. Wigan Athletic (23rd in the Championship)

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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