League Two 2020-21 Free Bets
There's always a great mix of teams in this division. There's the 18 teams that took part in the league last season, four sides relegated from League One last season and not wanting to spend too much time in League Two and two excited sides promoted from non-league football last season.
There's an intriguing combination of sides in the division with some former Premier League outfits who have fallen on hard times as well as club's fresh out of the non-league scene. The likes of Barnet and Dagenham and Redbridge are two recent examples of smaller sides who have made the jump from the semi-professional game but ended up going back in the other direction. Last season showed that again with Macclesfield Town being relegated in a season that was cut short by the health crisis.
Southampton are 8/11 at Bet365 to beat Brentford in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening.
Odds Correct at 22:09 on 22-09-2020 and are subject to change.
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2020-21 League Two Season
The new season is due to start on September 12 but it's not known yet if fans will be allowed into the grounds. Fixtures are due to be annnounced on Friday August 21 with Cheltenham Town hoping to have another good season. They finished in fourth last term but then gave away a lead to Northampton Town in the play-off semi-final. Stevenage will just be glad to be in the league after initially finishing bottom of the table on points average. Macclesfield Town being deducted more points rescued Stevenage.
Bolton nearly went out of business last season and were relegated to League Two, their second successive relegation. They are in League Two for the first time since 1988 back in the days when we called it the fourth division (some of us still do). You have to go back even further for the last time Barrow were in this division. It was in 1972 that they finished 22th in the fourth division but failed to gain re-election. They were in the Conference North five years ago but two promotions have seen them finally back in the football league.
League Two 2020-21
There are 24 teams taking part in League Two this season. Here's a list in alphabetical order of who's taking part and how they got on last season.
- Barrow (National League champions)
- Bolton Wanderers (bottom of League One)
- Bradford City (9th)
- Cambridge United (16th)
- Carlisle United (18th)
- Cheltenham Town (4th)
- Colchester United (6th)
- Crawley Town (13th)
- Exeter City (5th)
- Forest Green Rovers (10th)
- Grimsby Town (15th)
- Harrogate Town (2nd and then won National League play-offs)
- Leyton Orient (17th)
- Mansfield Town (21st)
- Morecambe (22nd)
- Newport County (14th)
- Oldham (19th)
- Port Vale (8th)
- Salford City (11th)
- Scunthorpe United (20th)
- Southend United (22nd in League One)
- Stevenage (23rd)
- Tranmere Rovers (21st in League One)
- Walsall (12th)
How to Use Your Free Bet on League Two
There are plenty of opportunities to use a Free Bet in League Two
- League Winners
- Who will get promoted
- Who will make the play-offs
- Who'll be relegated to the National League
- Individual games
- Next manager to leave their club
- 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
League Two History
The 2019-20 League Two season was suspended on 13 March. On 9 June it was decided the season would not resume. The final table was determined by points per game calculation. This saw Swindon Town win the title, they had been behind Crewe on goal difference but had a game in hand. Plymouth remained in third, taking the final automatic promotion place. The four teams in the play-off positions remained the same but Cheltenham moved up to fourth.
|Team||Points per Match|
|1 Swindon Town||1.92|
|2 Crewe Alexandra||1.86|
|3 Plymouth Argyle||1.84|
|4 Cheltenham Town||1.78|
|5 Exeter City||1.76|
|6 Colchester United||1.57|
|7 Northampton Town||1.57|
|8 Port Vale||1.54|
18 June: Colchester United 1 Exeter City 0 and Northampton Town 0 Cheltenham Town 2
22 June: Exeter City 3 Colchester United 1 (AET) - Exeter won 3-2 on aggregate
Cheltenham Town 0 Northampton Town 3 - Northanpton won 3-2 on aggregate
29 June: Final - Exeter City 0 Northampton Town 4 - Northampton Town promoted to League One.
Bottom of the Table after Macclesfield Town given a further four point deduction.
|Team||Points per match|
|23 Macclesfield Town (-17 pts)||0.51|
Due to the expulsion of Bury, only the bottom team is due to be relegated to the National League. We do know that Barrow will be playing in League Two next season after winning the National League. Also promoted to League Two are Harrogate Town who beat Notts County in the play-off final on 2 August. It will be their first time in the Football League. Macclesfield will be the relegated side after a further points deduction took them to the bottom of League Two and reprieved Stevenage.
- Lincoln City 85
- Bury 79
- MK Dons 79
- Mansfield Town 76
- Forest Green Rovers 74
- Tranmere Rovers 73 (promoted via play-offs)
- Newport County 71
- Colchester United 70
Bottom of Table
- 22nd Macclesfield 44
- 23rd Notts County 41 (relegated)
- 24th Yeovil Town 40 (relegated)
- 2018-19: Lincoln City
- 2017-18: Accrington Stanley
- 2016-17: Portsmouth
- 2015-16: Northampton Town
- 2014-15: Burton Albion
- 2013-14: Chesterfield
- 2012-13: Gillingham
- 2011-12: Swindon
- 2010-11: Chesterfield
- 2009-10: Notts County
- 2008-09: Brentford
- 2007-08: MK Dons
- 2006-07: Walsall
- 2005-06: Carlisle United
- 2004-05: Yeovil Town
Of those teams Brentford and Burton Albion are now in the Championship while Yeovil and Notts County are back in League Two.
There are three automatic promotion places in League Two. The sides finishing fourth to seventh go into the play-offs with two-legged semi-finals and then a final at Wembley Stadium. Previous Winners are:
- 2018-19: Tranmere Rovers
- 2017-18: Coventry City
- 2016-17: Blackpool
- 2015-16: AFC Wimbledon
- 2014-15: Southend United
- 2013-14: Fleetwood Town
- 2012-13: Bradford City
- 2011-12: Crewe Alexandra
- 2010-11: Stevenage
- 2009-10: Dagenham & Redbridge
- 2008-09: Gillingham
- 2007-08: Stockport County
- 2006-07: Bristol Rovers
- 2005-06: Cheltenham Town
- 2004-05: Southend United
The Dreaded Drop
At one time the bottom four teams in what was then Division Four used to have to stand for re-election to the league. This process developed into one where the side finishing bottom of the table were relegated to the Conference (now the National League) and replaced by the Conference Champions. In recent years this has been adapted to the bottom two sides in League Two going down and being replaced by the National League winners and the winners of the Play-offs.
Not all the teams that get relegated are able to make it back into the Football League. Some suffer financial problems due to their relegation, for example Rushden & Diamonds, Chester and Hereford went out of business.
The two teams promoted to League Two at the end of last season were Leyton Orient and Salford City with Notts County and Yeovil Town heading in the opposite direction.