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The 2019/2020 EFL League One and Two seasons commence this weekend and the action kicks off on Saturday with a full set of League One and Two fixtures. League One looks very competitive this season especially in terms of potential automatic promotion and play-off contenders. Sunderland under the stewardship of manager Jack Ross were in contention for automatic throughout last season but too many draws cost them and they just missed out on automatic promotion via the play-offs in the final at Wembley.

They are clear favourites to win the league this season and on paper look well placed to achieve this, however, they will need to win more of the nineteen games that ended in stalemate last season if they want to achieve this and Ross will be banking on strikers Will Grigg, Charlie Wyke and new on-loan striker from Reading Marc McNulty to help them achieve this. Portsmouth were denied a place in last year’s play-off final after losing to Sunderland at the semi-final stage last season even though they won more games and points than the Blackcats.

Kenny Jacket has continued to build on his project of restoring Portsmouth to their former glory and with a potent attacking force that includes the likes of new signings Harrison from Ipswich and Harness from Burton, they should go close to matching last season’s points and goal tally and finishing in the automatic promotion places. Relegated Ipswich and Rotherham are towards the top of the League One winners market betting and of the two Rotherham could do the best given their experience at this level and gaining promotion to the Championship.

Peterborough are the next best-established League One team in the betting and they are again fancied to challenge for promotion again this season after years of disappointing seasons at this level. However, this could be the season they buck the trend as they have the man power and talent to achieve promotion this season with the likes of forwards Mo Eisa, Siriki Dembele and Marcus Maddison who are expected to lead the way in attack this season.

Outside this group League Two winners Lincoln are the next closest in the betting, they’re expected to build on last season’s impressive promotion form and establish themselves as a League One side this season. Newly promoted MK Dons and Tranmere will also aim to establish themselves in League One this season and their chances were improved by the hefty twelve points fine both newly-promoted Bury and relegated Bolton received, due to unpaid tax bills and club debt.

Teams who finished in the top half of League One last season like Doncaster, Coventry, Burton, Blackpool, Fleetwood and Oxford Utd will all aim to build on last season’s promotion challenge form and of this group Fleetwood and Blackpool look best placed to push on and challenge for promotion this season at big odds. Finally, in terms of relegation Bury and Bolton obviously, head the betting followed by teams who struggled at this level last season like Wimbledon, Southend, Wycombe, Southend, Accrington and Rochdale who may all find themselves battling relegation again this season.

There ARE football tips today.


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