English League 1 promotion odds
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Who will be promoted from League 1 in the 2019-20 season?
With Sunderland, Portsmouth and Doncaster Rovers missing out via the playoffs in the 2018-19 season and Charlton Athletic joining Barnsley and Luton town in the promotion party, we look ahead to next season to see who will be promoted to the Championship. With three spots available and 5 likely teams to challenge for it, we’re going to have a great season in the League 1. The 5 teams that I believe will push for promotion in the 2019-20 season are Sunderland, Portsmouth, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United and Ipswich Town.
First up is Sunderland, after falling down from the Premier League to League 1 in two successive seasons they were hoping to bounce straight back into the Championship last season but that’s not how things went. A massively historic club with their 48,000 seater Stadium of Light in League 1 is embarrassing for the Sunderland fans and will be desperate to gain promotion back into the Championship as soon as possible.
Portsmouth are also a big club who deserve to be in a higher league than where they are. After a fourth place finish in the 2018-19 season, they then went on to narrowly lose to Sunderland in the playoff semi-final. They also will want to build on this as they head into the next season under Welsh manager Kenny Jackett as they push for promotion. Like Sunderland, they too have a historic stadium in Fratton Park and the fans want to reclaim their Championship spot.
Doncaster Rovers narrowly made the playoff places ahead of Peterborough United last season as they then went on to lose to Charlton (who won the playoffs) on penalties. Manager Grant McCann will be hoping to inspire his team and hope that the club can recruit well if they want to push for promotion next season.
Rotherham United had a disappointing season in the 2018-19 Championship finishing 22nd in the league and therefore being relegated to League 1. They’ve decided to stick with manager Paul Warne and will hope he can turn things around and bounce back into the Championship.
Ipswich Town could be the dark horses of the 2019-20 season, even though they finished last in the Championship they’re still a strong side who could mount a serious push for promotion if they can recruit well under Scottish manager Paul Lambert and captain Luke Chambers.