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2020-21 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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2020-21 League One Season

It's going to be a fascinating 2020-21 League One season. The three teams relegated from the Championship will all be eager to bounce back at the first attempt. That's what Rotherham United were able to do last season. Wigan Athletic would have survived but for going into administration and being deducted 12 points. They were one of the form sides in the second half of the Championship but will the off-the-field problems affect how they play this season?  

Hull City were in the Premier League not too long ago but have had an appalling 2020 so far. It started well with a win on New Year's Day but then they earned just six points from their next twenty games and ended up finishing bottom of the table. How will they react to being back in League One?  Charlton Athletic only lasted one season in the Championship and are back in League One again looking to win promotion. 

There are some big names in League One but struggling to recapture their glory days. Ipswich Town began well last season but ended up finishing just 11th in the table. A form guide for the last 20 league games had them in 20th place. Sunderland begin their third season in League One and finishe eighth last season. Just five points from their last five league games scuppered their play-off hopes. Portsmouth should again be thereabouts having made the play-offs for the past two years.

 

Here's a list of the teams taking part in the League One this season with their 2019-20 finishing position in brackets.

  • Accrington Stanley (17th)
  • AFC Wimbledon (20th)
  • Blackpool (13th)
  • Bristol Rovers (14th)
  • Burton Albion (12th)
  • Charlton Athletic (22nd in Championship)
  • Crewe Alexandra (second in League Two)
  • Doncaster Rovers (9th)
  • Fleetwood Town (6th)
  • Gillingham (10th)
  • Hull City (bottom of the Championship)
  • Ipswich Town (11th)
  • Lincoln City (16th)
  • MK Dons (19th)
  • Northampton Town (7th in League Two, won play-offs)
  • Oxford United (4th - lost in play-off final)
  • Peterborough United (7th)
  • Plymouth Argyle (third in League Two)
  • Portsmouth (5th)
  • Rochdale (18th)
  • Shrewsbury Town (15th)
  • Swindon Town (League Two champions)
  • Sunderland (8th)
  • Wigan Athletic (23rd in Championship after points deduction)

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.. Sheffield United 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 

2019-20 League One Season

League One came to a premature end due to the current situation. On 9 June, it was announced the regular league season would end and the final table be decided on points earned per game. 

Final Table

 

Team POINTS PER GAME
1 Coventry City (Promoted) 1.97
2 Rotherham United (Promoted) 1.77
3 Wycombe Wanderers 1.73
4 Oxford 1.71
5 Portsmouth 1.71
6 Fleetwood 1.71
7 Peterborough United 1.69
8 Sunderland 1.64

 The top two when the suspension happened both stayed in those places and won automatic promotion to the Championship. The big losers were Peterborough United who slipped out of the play-off positions. Wycombe Wanderers were eighth but moved up to third and into the play-offs.

Play-offs 

 

Final 

Oxford United 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2

 Bottom of the table 

Team Points per game
19 AFC Wimbledon 1
20 Rochdale 0.945
21 Tranmere Rovers  0.942
22 Southend United 0.54
23 Bolton Wanderers (-12 points) 0.41

 The bottom three remained the same. Only three sides were relegated after the earlier expulsion of Bury

 

  • 2019-20: Coventry City
  • 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:

  • 2019-20: Wycombe Wanderers
  • 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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