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English League 2 promotion 2019
League Two Promotion Race 2018/19
With the 2017/18 League Two season complete following Coventry City’s 3-1 playoff win over Exeter at Wembley, all eyes turn to next season and the 2018/19 League Two promotion race.
Unlike the Premier League, four teams are relegated from League One and that means there will be a total of six new teams in League Two as Macclesfield and Tranmere won promotion from the National League.
However, it is the teams who have dropped down from League One who will start as the favourites to win promotion back to the third tier of English football next season. Milton Keynes Dons finished in 23rd place in League One last season and will expect to bounce back at the first attempt by winning the 2018/19 League Two title.
Interestingly, the bookmakers are also fancying the chances of Mansfield, who narrowly missed out on the League Two playoffs by 3 points least season. Given the likes of Notts County and Exeter City, the latter of which finished fourth, are below them in the pecking order according to the bookies is interesting and it remains to be seen whether they can live up to the hype.
Bury, Oldham and Northampton complete the four teams who suffered the drop from League One last season and both Bury and Northampton are strongly tipped to make a strong push for promotion in the 2018/19 League Two season.
Oldham are not up there with the other three teams who faced the drop last season and many onlookers believe they may find it tough to win automatic promotion from League Two. The Latics finished just a single point away from safety in League One and therefore it seems a surprise they are the least expected of the four relegated teams to win promotion from the 2018/19 League Two campaign.
Lincoln City missed out on promotion last season when they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Exeter in the playoffs. If they can keep the bulk of their squad together for next season and perhaps add one or two more names, the Imps are well positioned to have another crack at winning promotion. Only Exeter and Notts County remain from the teams who finished above them last season and much will depend on the form of those dropping down from League One.
Outsiders for promotion from League Two in 2018/19 include Newport County, who will be aiming to build on their 11th place finish last season. They started the season well and looked in contention for promotion before falling away. If the Exiles can maintain some consistency and build on the start they made last season, there is everything to suggest they could make a real fight of promotion this coming season.
Winning the 2018/19 League Two title may be out of reach for Newport County but they make an interesting bet to win promotion in what is going to be a thrilling League Two promotion campaign.