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| 12.07.2021

Preview of the 2021/22 League One title race

English football’s third tier invariably produces some excellent matches and we are taking a look at the League One winner odds ahead of the new season.

Wycombe, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday will eye a quick return to the Championship following relegation last year and they are among the favourites for the title.

We look at the leading contenders for the League One title, with the season scheduled to start on August 7, and you can also check out our Championship title odds preview.


It could be addition by subtraction for boss Lee Johnson, who has seen a mass exodus at the Stadium of Light after the Black Cats faded to finish fourth and lost to Lincoln in the play-off semi-final last season.

Max Power, Josh Scowen, George Dobson, Charlie Wyke, Chris Maguire, Callum McFadzean, Conor McLaughlin, Grant Leadbitter and Remi Matthews have departed while attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard has arrived on a free transfer from Huddersfield.

Sunderland desperately need striking options and lack depth at the centre-back positions. After a slow start in the transfer window, they remain 7/1 to win League One and 5/2 to be promoted.

Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls failed to recover from a points deduction last season for breaching the EFL’s profitability and sustainability regulations and manager Darren Moore has only been able to bring in one free agent in Everton’s Dennis Adeniran and one loan signing, Olamide Shodipo from QPR.

With another suspended points deduction hanging over them, and the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth, Ipswich and Wigan just some of the clubs who have been in the top flight this millennium, League One will be a difficult division to get out of.

Wednesday are 9/1 second favourites in the League One winner odds and 3/1 to earn promotion.


Ninth last year after suffering from a lack of goals, boss Paul Cook has not hung about in recruiting reinforcements and the arrival of AFC Wimbledon’s 20-goal striker Joe Pigott has capped a decent summer’s dealing.

Wes Burns, Lee Evans, Rekeem Harper, Macauley Bonne and Matt Penney are all solid signings and the Tractor Boys may be ready to contend again after two years removed from the Championship.

Ipswich are 10/1 for the title and 3/1 to go up.


Following their Bahrain-backed takeover earlier this season, Wigan are one of League One’s big spenders.

The Latics underlined their ambitions by prising away Sunderland duo Charlie Wyke and Max Power in addition to adding other newcomers in Jordan Cousins, Tom Naylor, Jack Whatmough, Ben Amos and Stephen Humphries.

Manager Leam Richardson may continue to splash the cash and Wigan are 10/1 to win the title and 10/3 to be promoted.


Sixth last season, the U’s have been boosted by the return of Australian winger Ryan Williams who scored eight goals in 42 appearances when on loan from Fulham in the 2013-14 season.

Boss Karl Robinson has also signed former Preston midfielder Billy Bodin but they need a left-back following the departure of Josh Ruffels to Huddersfield.

Having reached the play-offs in each of the last two seasons, Oxford are 11/1 in the League One winner odds and 4/1 to be promoted.


Manager Danny Cowley has had a busy summer, making six signings.

Liam Vincent was the first and has since been followed by Clark Robertson, Shaun Williams, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Gavin Bazunu and Kieron Freeman.

More loan signings are expected to follow and with their League One winner odds of 11/1, Pompey are set for an exciting season. They are 10/3 for promotion.


Boss Nigel Adkins, whose side finished seventh last term, has brought in Jayden Stockley, Craig MacGillivray, George Dobson and Akin Famewo.

They produced a strong pre-season showing in a 2-1 defeat by Celtic and while one should not put too much faith in such results, the Addicks will have their supporters at 12/1 to win the division. They are 7/2 to be promoted.


The Millers have yet to make a significant signing.

Boss Paul Warne has had to turn down two bids from rivals Ipswich for midfielder Matt Crooks and he is light on fit central defenders.

The title odds of 12/1 suggest it won be easy to make a swift return to the Championship, although their promotion odds are 9/2.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Stuart Walker