League II Odds
Who wins League II 2019/2020?
Who will win League 2 in the 2019-20 season?
As the season is fast approaching, we look ahead at the favourites for the League 2 campaign ahead. With the teams relegated from League 1 being Plymouth Argyle, Walsall, Scunthorpe United and 2012-13 capital one cup finalists Bradford City, they’ll all hope to be able to bounce back up to League 1 in the 2019-20 campaign.
First up, the bookies favourite, Bradford City were relegated from League 1 in the 2018-19 season, they go into next season as favourites and will hope to capitalise on this under manager Gary Bowyer and captain Josh Wright. But with less money in the lower league, Bradford City may have to sell some of their players to compensate which is a long fall of grace from their 2012-13 Capital One Cup run.
Joint-favourites with Bradford City are Plymouth Argyle, with a caretaker manager in charge, they will be looking for a new manager. The favourite for the position is Bury manager Ryan Lowe followed by Newport County manager Michael Flynn, they’ll need to appoint well if they hope to make a bid for the title in the 2019-20 season.
Next up is Mansfield Town, after finishing fourth in the 2018-19 season and missing out on promotion via the playoffs, they’ll want to go one further next season. Managed by Scotsman John Dempster and led by Barbadian Krystian Pearce. After Mansfield Town is Darrell Clark’s Walsall who were relegated from League 1 in the 2018-19 season but they too will hope to have a successful season and bounce back up.
A wildcard selection is Salford City. Owned by a couple of Manchester United legends including Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Garry and Phil Neville. Peter Lim (a businessman) owns 40% of the club. Salford City has very good financial backing which is evident of their signing of Adam Rooney from Aberdeen last season who scored 22 goals in 41 appearances. If Salford’s owners continue to invest, they could shoot up the table and really be in with a shout of winning League 2.
Playoff Finalists Newport County could also be in with a shout. After narrowly losing 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers conceding in the 119th minute, Michael Flynn will be desperate to get his side fit and ready for the season ahead with the hopes of winning the league. The South Walians have had a good few seasons in League 2 and will hope that they’re not just taking part next year.
Forest Green Rovers reached the semi-finals of the playoffs in the 2018-19 season after finishing 5th and losing to Tranmere Rovers 2 - 1 on aggregate in the semi-final. They too could be an outsider to win the league next year as they make another push under coach Mark Cooper and captain Lee Collins.
Personally, I believe Bradford City will win the league but I think Newport County will be dark horses and ones to look out for in the 2019-20 campaign.