English League Two betting odds
When looking at League 2 odds, it is important to understand that the quality of the league is significantly less than other top leagues such as the Champions league. League two betting offers a variation of betting markets which can be found below.
English League 2 odds: Winner
Betting on the winner of the English fourth tier is a particularly difficult task, especially at the start of the season, if there is a team that you fancy to succeed, place two bets, you have a better chance of success. The first bet would be a winner bet which would only pay out if you bet on the correct team that wins the league at the end of the season, the second bet would be an each way bet, this would mean that you would receive your max payout if the team wins the league but you'll still receive a payout if they finish within a specific number of positions. Typically, this is if a team finishes in a promotion position, it will still payout.
English League 2 Odds: Promotion
If you're not confident about a team winning the league but believe they'll perform well during the season, betting on them to get promoted is much safer than betting on them to win the league as even an average side can overachieve and get promoted, but when it comes to winning the league, there is just one spot for seven/eight teams are expecting to fight for promotion that season and even one injury could be the difference between winning the league and finishing second but with promotion, bettors have the comfort of knowing that even if they go on a losing streak, they could still go up.
Wrexham and Notts County will be very interesting additions to League Two with both teams putting historic point totals on the board last season. However, the likes of Milton Keynes Dons and Forest Green Rovers will be looking to return to League one.
English League 2 Odds: Relegation
Perhaps the most exciting battle in a season comes at the opposite end of the table as a number of teams look to remain in league two and avoid dropping out of the football league, these teams are often the ones with the most to lose in the football pyramid as once you drop down to the National League, it is incredibly difficult to get back into the Football League. League two betting odds for relegation are often high at the start of the season but it isn't the hardest thing in the world to look at the squads in League two and identify those that are the weakest and find the League two betting odds that match-up for that team.
The question of which teams will likely be relegated this season is a difficult one as a number of teams are deemed to have similar quality. Crawley Town are the obvious favourites are finishing 22nd last season. However, Macclesfield in 2019/20 are the only team to be relegated after finishing 22nd the previous season in the last ten years of League Two football.
English League 2 Best Bets
League 2 is a notoriously difficult league to escape from – and particularly hard for football betting fans to predict. But this makes it perfect for punters seeking to exploit big odds before they drop.
When it comes to betting on League 2 there’s no doubt that wagering earlier, rather than later, is the right way to go. Long-term bets can be found under the Outrights tab, where you can wager on everything from top scorers and promoted teams, to relegation and the play offs.
The great thing about these markets is they’re open at the start of the season, and each team has higher odds at this point because no one is sure how the league will pan out. One of the best League 2 bets is to confidently back any team for promotion that you think won’t get relegated. As the season begins and they pick up points, their promotion odds will narrow, and you can lay the bet or simply sit pretty on great odds.
As for League 2 match betting, one of the best bets is to wager against the home team. This may sound counter-intuitive but League 2 has the lowest home win rate of all leagues in England’s top four tiers (41.8%). If you’re seeking bigger payouts then it makes sense to consider backing either the away team, or a Draw/Away result in the Double Chance market.
Another area of match betting that is good for betting is the correct score market, where you'll pick an exact scoreline for selected games and if they come off, you'll find a hefty payout in comparison to betting on a single team to win.
League 2 Play-Off Betting
Four teams are promoted from League 2 every season, which means the top seven will be dreaming of going up each May. The fact 29% of the league either goes up automatically or enters the playoffs means there’s usually good cause to wager on teams being promoted.
Playoff betting is where it really heats up. You can wager on individual playoff games – whether that be the semi-finals or the final – or bet on the playoff winner outright.
The Bet UK sportsbook features extensive League 2 playoff markets, with around 100 different odds to back. This includes old favourites such as match odds, BTTS and handicaps – while pre-packs are also available to all players!
League 2 Relegation Betting
Of course, there’s always plenty of interest in the League 2 relegation betting odds too. Only two teams go down each season, which means picking the correct bet requires plenty of attention to detail.
Some clubs may appear destined for the drop at the start of the season, only to then enjoy an unforeseen spike in results. One particular aspect that affects League 2 relegation betting is the threat of administration. Many clubs live on the limit and financial problems can strike unexpectedly. Going into administration means an immediate 10-point deduction – and that can spell the difference between relegation and survival.
It means punters who have their finger on the pulse can smartly back away from backing a team for relegation if others are about to be hit with an EFL points deduction.
League 2 Football Betting Terms You Need To Know
There are around 100 League 2 betting options you can make on games each week of the season. Here are the main football betting terms you need to know about…
Match Odds – This is a bet on the final result of the match, either Home Win (1), Draw (X) or Away Win (2).
BTTS – Both Teams to Score is a very popular bet, where you back both teams to find the net in a particular game.
Handicaps – Handicap betting is where you wager on a team to either win or lose, with a + or - goal handicap. For example, you could bet on Newport County to win a match with a -1.5 goal handicap. They would need to win by two goals or more for you to win your bet. The beauty of handicap betting is that it boosts your odds when backing a heavy favourite.
First goalscorer – This market is usually popular with fans of the teams involved in a match, but can be exploited by anyone. Usually first goalscorer bets go on free-kick takers or in-form strikers.
Cards – Wager on the number of cards a team will receive, or the total in a match. This is perfect when there’s a League 2 derby or bottom-of-the-table match. You can also back specific players to be booked or sent off too.
Promotion – League 2 promotion betting is a non-stop market where the odds are in continual flux. You can wager on a team to get promoted automatically or back them to go up via the playoffs.
How to bet in-play on League 2 games
In-play football betting is a great way to get closer to the action and access the best live odds in an instant. Bet UK has data trackers on every League 2 match, which means goals, yellow cards, corners and more can be wagered on in real-time.
To bet in-play on League 2 games, first, you need to sign up to Bet UK or log into your account. Then head over to the League 2 betting page and find the live games that are currently taking place. Find the odds you want to back and place your bets – but remember that live odds are in continual flux, and goal events can freeze the markets. Punters love to time their bets to perfection, waiting for the opportune moment to extract the best odds from a market before placing their wager. Time it right and you can make big profits.
History of the 4th Tier
League 2 is the fourth tier of English football and was previously known as the Fourth Division. It is the lowest tier of the Football League before the Football Conference and is seen as the first big step for burgeoning clubs trying to climb the league ladder.
League 2 began life as the Fourth Division back in 1958, when Port Vale won the inaugural title and were promoted along with Coventry City, York City and Shrewsbury Town. It became the Third Division in 1992 with the formation of the Premier League, and then League 2 in 2004 when the Championship replaced the old First Division.
Chesterfield (4) have won the most titles in this league, while Brentford, Swindon, Doncaster Rovers and Notts County have all won it three times. Unfortunately, winning it more than once means the club must have been relegated back to the league at some point!
Four teams are promoted from League 2 each season: three via automatic promotion and one via the play odds. The League 2 playoffs feature teams that finish fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in the table after 46 games. The final is usually played at Wembley.
As for the bottom of the league, two teams drop in to the National League each season. Relegation from League 2 means falling out of the Football League system and into the amateur ranks – although the National League is now made up of mostly professional clubs.
How to bet on English League 2 using mobile
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League 2 FAQs
Check out these answers to frequently asked questions about League 2 betting…
How many teams are promoted from League 2?
Each season four teams gain promotion from League 2. Three are promoted automatically, while one goes up via the playoffs.
How many teams are relegated from League 2?
The bottom two teams in League 2 are relegated to the National League, which is the fifth tier of English football.
What is the best League 2 bet?
It’s hard to say what the best League 2 bet is, but popular bets include promotion betting and top goalscorer betting. League 2 also boasts the fewest home wins of any division in the Football League (41.8%). A smart bet may therefore be to wager against the home side.
Can I bet on League 2 in-play?
Yes. In-play League 2 betting is available to all players at BetUK. Simply sign up for an account today or log into your profile to place live wagers on all League 2 games!
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