Betting on English League 2 Football
League 2 in England is in fact the fourth tier of the English professional league, so the name is greatly misleading. In days of old this league would have been called Division 4, but has had its name adapted a couple of times since the Premier League was inaugurated in 1992.
In past time, the English League 2 was also the last professional league within England, with the Conference below it featuring semi-professional teams at best. However, in recent years Conference teams have nearly all become professional too, which has served to make the gap between the two leagues, and indeed League 1 above it, much closer in quality. In essence you have more than 70 teams in and around these three divisions who have decent facilities, decent support bases, and professionally-paid footballers. The competition is steep, and the League Two betting odds reflect that, at the onset of a League 2 season, more than 50% of the teams have a realistic chance of promotion, and the same again for relegation. In fact, there is often a team tipped for promotion who end up heading the other way, and vice versa.
The League features 24 teams and the top three at the end of the campaign are automatically promoted to League 1. The next four teams, placed between 4th and 7th, then enter a playoff competition which sees the winner of the two two-legged semi-finals complete in a showpiece game at Wembley Stadium in London for the right to play in League 1 the following season. Once again, the League 2 betting odds at the start of the playoff round indicate that really any of the four teams have as good a chance as any other to win that final promotion spot.
At the bottom end of the division, the bottom two teams are relegated into the Conference. In the past that perhaps would have been considered more of a disaster than it is today, considering the professional status of the Conference these days and the vastly improved facilities in comparison to years gone by.
English League 2 Football Odds
Like the three leagues in the English football system above League 2, this is an immensely popular division for betting on, particularly in the shape of accumulator bets on betting coupons. However, in a similar vein to League 1 and the Championship in particular, League Two can be a really tricky division to back winners on for the reasons that, statically, there are no big standouts in terms of the average number of goals scored, the number of games that features three or more goals, the likelihood of draws, or the percentage of points that are won at home. Instead, the league can be characterised by the nature of underdogs winning more than their fair percentage of matches. In fact, even identifying who those underdogs are can be difficult, even when scouring through the League 2 betting odds.
Predicting the League 2 championship at the start of each season is similarly tough because of the number of potential winners. Usually any of at least half of the teams in the division can be identified as potential champions, both through looking at the League 2 title odds, and by considering the players and resources at the teams' disposal. Often form from the previous campaign is irrelevant, as newly-promoted teams can climb to the top of the table as quickly as previously successful teams can drop down the rankings. League 2 relegation odds are therefore as unpredictable as the League 2 champions odds.
English League 2 Title Odds for 2019-20
The 2019/20 League 2 season promises to be as unpredictable as it has ever been, with any of at least half a dozen teams rivalling each other's League 2 title odds to be crowned champions come May.
Due to the fact that the team finished 4th in 2018/19, Mansfield Town are probably just edging the betting as favourites for promotion to League 1 in 2019/20. Mansfield were only edged out on penalties by Newport County in their semi-final playoff head-to-head, and their conquerors were narrowly defeated in the final by Tranmere, so expect Newport to also be among the frontrunners as the 2019/20 season kicks off. The final team of the three playoff-qualifying sides not to get promotion – Forest Green Rovers – are a little bit back in the League 2 title betting odds due to the fact that their 2018/19 performance as a little unexpected – typical of League 2.
One of the teams ruffling feathers in the division is newly promoted Salford City, who have already been installed as some bookmakers' League 2 title favourites, not so much based on any history, tradition of barnstorming performances from the previous season, but more because of the fact who the owners of the club are – Manchester United legends Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and David Beckham. In coach Graham Alexander the team also have an experienced operator, so it's no surprise to see the team tipped as a favourite for promotion, even if this is the club's first season in the professional football league. Expect Salford to attract a lot of attention, both on themselves, and on League 2 in general.
English League 2 Football History
The fourth tier of the English football league has been in existence since the old Division 3 regional leagues were made national in 1958. For many years the division was known as the English Fourth Division, but upon the creation of the Premier League in 1992, that became the English Football League 3, and then soon after, League Two, which it remains to this day.
Due to a number of factors, including the natural changes in fortune that happen in football, economic pressures and administration worries, a number of big-name clubs have passed trough League 2 in its recent history. In fact, even taking a glance down the league table today would throw up names such as Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic and Bradford City, who have all played in the Premier League at one time or another. League 2 title odds don't pay any attention to history either, with teams' odds at the start of a season usually reflecting the ownership status of the club, and its ability to bring in players, rather than form from the previous season, or historical considerations.
Betting on League Two can be challenging, but what is certain is that this long-established league is highly competitive, and pays no respect to reputation, always leading to an entertaining league campaign.
England is the home of footballing betting, and doing so has never been easier. Since the formation of the the top English league in 1992, football betting has exploded onto the scene, dominating advertising and sponsorships in the modern game.
A lot of betting sites including William Hill, Ladbrokes and Betfred are English, so English football odds will likely be the first thing you see on their website. There's also a host of databases and statistics on English football for you to study, being the most watched League in the world with an audience of 4.7 billion.
Once you've done your research on the fixtures, you're ready to build your English football coupon. Naturally, you'll want to get the best price on your bets, so be sure to make use of our extensive odds checker, which will scan the market to get you the best price in the games you want.
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With the popularity of footballing betting in the UK, it means there are hundreds of markets and coupons for you to place a bet on. As we all know, the Premier League can spring up a lot of surprises, so 1X2 match outright betting will often draw the most volume.
There are also the world's best players playing in the top League. You can often predict which players will score in the game, which makes the goal scorers market appealing. Whether it be first goal scorer, last goal scorer or player to score two or more goals, this market is one which attracts a lot of bettors.
With the frequency and volume of football in England, the odds and markets for the sport is always on the move. That's why it's important to check our odds comparison tool when you're building your English football coupon.
ENGLISH FOOTBALL HISTORY
The English have a long and romantic history with football. The game's first-ever rules were crafted in England in 1857 in Sheffield by a couple of guys called William Prest and Nathanial Creswick. These two blokes had no idea that their rules would lay the foundation for the worlds most watched and played sport today.
And no other country in the world had embraced football culture like the British, which is home to 40,000 clubs recognised by the England FA (Football Association) – Brazil is in second with 29,000. England is home to the worlds first football club too, Sheffield FC, the world's oldest Footballing body in the English FA and the worlds oldest knockout tournament, the FA Cup.
England's prestigious footballing history has made it the force that it is today. The Premier League is beloved by billions but so too is the second tier, the Championship. These are the top two leagues in the English Football League, which below the Championship holds Leagues One and Two before then getting into non-league football, which houses thousands upon thousands of teams and players.
No matter what level you're watching though, the passion and the stakes are high. You can even bet on football as low as the sixth tier in England. So now you're in print position to construct your English football coupon, making use of all the stats you can find.
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Match Result – This is the most popular, straightforward bet. It is a simple bet on which team will win the match, or whether it will be a draw after 90 minutes. This is also broken down into match result 1st half and 2nd half, allowing you to bet on a specific half. The full-time 90minutes 1X2 is the 'typical' market you'll see on most punters accumulators.
Both teams to score (BTTS) – This is one of the all-time favourites of regular bettors as it is an outcome that can be studied according to form and statistics. Quite simply the outcome will be 'yes' or 'no'. 'Yes' means that you believe both teams will score in the match, while 'no' means that you believe one, or perhaps both teams will fail to register. This can also be broken down into BTTS first half and BTTS second half.
Total Goals 'Over / Under' – This is another old favourite, and another bet which can be placed more confidently with the study of form and statistics. As it sounds, you are betting on the match featuring over or under a certain number of goals in the match. The options are usually provided as 0.5, 1.5, 2.5 etc so that there is always an outcome, and you may select over or under that number. These options also exist as first half and second half options. A classic example would be including an over 2.5 selection in your accumulator or single bet, this you would win if three or more goals are scored in the match.
Handicap markets (plus Asian handicap) – The handicap markets are popular when you feel that one team has a distinct advantage, as is so often the case in football. Let's use the example of Manchester City vs Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium. Clearly these two teams do not have the same levels of resources, and Manchester City are heavy favourites to win the game. The odds could be as low as 1.10, meaning that if you bet £1, you would only win 10p. One way of making the selection yield higher potential returns is to give one side a handicap. So, for example, you could back Manchester City -2, meaning that the home team would need to win by three clear goals for you to win the bet. Similarly, you could bet Bournemouth +2, meaning that if the away team loses by a solitary goal, then you win. The Asian handicap market is similar, but takes out the equation of the draw, so is a little more complicated to understand.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the types of bets that our odds comparison tool offer. Betting on football entails so many options these days and it is imperative for us to provide coverage of as many of these types of bets as possible. Once again we list the best odds to be found on each outcome, with the very best odds highlighted and starred.
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As well as the ability to consistently find the best odds on an incredibly comprehensive array of football matches around the world, we also provide a host of other information which is informative to your betting. Let us consider exactly what you see when you click on any given event. As an example, we can use a classic English Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea.
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When opening up the event, you will immediately be presented with a list of all the outcomes upon which you can bet on – we are far more than just a provider of football odds comparison on the simple home/draw/away markets, as previously stated. You may bet on goals, handicaps, and any other number of betting outcomes that take you fancy.
We automatically display the best odds on each overview page, but this can be analysed deeper either once a selection is added to the bet slip or each match page.
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We are not just the best odds comparison site for these reasons, there's far more. When looking at the event of your choice, you will also be presented with a number of additional insightful statistics and information which can help to inform your betting selection.
Using Liverpool vs Chelsea once again as an example, under the list of all the markets (and odds) that you can bet on, you will then see statistics pertaining to the teams' last ten games across all competitions (the results of those last ten games are also presented for your convenience).
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