odds for relegation in League 1
odds for relegation from League 1 2021
Who could be relegated from the English Football League One 2020/21?
There are quite a few teams that could be in with a chance of relegation in the upcoming season. With four being promoted from League Two, Swindon, Plymouth, Crewe and Northampton, some look stronger than others, and some could be heading straight back down. Below I’ll review a few of the teams I believe could struggle this season.
In their newly built stadium for the first season, which I’m sure will take away from money being invested into the squad, I fear they will struggle. After a very poor season that only resulted in 8 wins, and 39 goals being scored, investment in the team is desperately needed. Whether they will get that to actually improve the squad or not remains to be seen, but with the stats of last season, they should be near the bottom once again. Manager Glyn Hodges hasn’t been in the job long, and while he’s done fine so far, I can’t see him drastically turning Wimbledon’s fortune around.
David Artell has done well since taking over at Crewe in 2017. He’s now taken an average midtable League Two side into League One, but for me that step up could be a bit too much. While Crewe had a fantastic season in 2019/20 and thoroughly deserved to head up, I don’t know if they are as strong as others in League One. Crewe ended the season scoring the most goals in the league, and it’s down to each and every player chipping in with goals rather than relying on one player. They have a fairly young squad that will be in for a tough season ahead.
The surprise team that gained promotion through the play-offs will certainly be down at the foot of the table come the end of the 2020/21 season. With a side that’s losing a lot of quality in their team, including their top goalscorer for the past two seasons, It’ll be a tough ask for them to compete in this league. Manager Keith Curle has done fantastically well to get them in this position, but I feel it’s too big of a step up for this side.
Bar the teams that were relegated, Rochdale conceded the most goals, and lost the most games. Top goalscorer Ian Henderson has also left to join Salford, and it’ll be a big miss. The squad looks to be short at the minute and lacks a lot of quality among it. Rochdale have been surviving near the bottom of the league for a while now, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they did finally head down.
Other clubs that could struggle are the other two newly promoted teams in Swindon and Plymouth, but I don’t see them having as much of a struggle as the two I’ve mentioned. Swindon did lose last season’s top goalscorer, but I feel they’re still stronger than others. MK Dons are another side that had a disappointing season, just surviving relegation, but I like the look of them over Rochdale and Wimbledon to survive.
If I were to place bets on who would be relegated, it’d definitely be Northampton Town.