League One hasn’t been the easiest division to punt on so far this season and after indifferent starts for pre-season market leaders Sheffield United, MK Dons, Preston North End, Brentford, Coventry City, Notts County and Bournemouth, it is the likes of Swindon Town, Doncaster Rovers, Crawley Town, Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers who are the big movers in the outright market.
The Blades continue to head up the League One title betting despite winning just one of their three games, Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Colchester United earning Danny Wilson’s men their fifth point of the season to remain the 9/2 favourites for the championship, but behind them there has been much movement.
Swindon are now second favourites at 5/1 (from an ante-post 8/1) after an impressive start to life in League One. Paolo Di Canio’s side have taken seven points from a possible nine after beating MK Dons 1-0 at the County Ground on Saturday, a victory that has seen the Robins leapfrog the Dons in the outright betting. Karl Robinson’s side are now 6/1 from 11/2 after that defeat.
Other big movers include Doncaster, whose two wins from three have seen their title odds slashed from 22/1 to 12/1, and Crawley, who defeated Rovers 1-0 at the weekend and are now 16/1, having been as big as 28/1 before a ball had been kicked.
The two teams at the top of the league have also seen their odds cut. Tranmere are now in to 20/1 after a fantastic start which has seen them earn two wins before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury, while Yeovil lead the way on goal difference after a thumping 4-0 win over Scunthorpe and are now 33/1 for League One glory.
There has been little change in the price for either Notts County, who remain 14/1 after a 1-0 loss to Walsall on Saturday, or Bournemouth, who are also quoted 14/1 after a 1-1 draw with Preston. North End have drifted to 16/1 after that result meant they have taken just two points from their first three fixtures.
Brentford have also lengthened slightly, from 14/1 to 16/1, despite picking up their first win of the campaign at the weekend, a 5-1 battering of Crewe. Coventry are another side who are now bigger odds than they were at the start of the season: three consecutive stalemates, the latest a 2-2 draw at home to Bury, have cost boss Andy Thorn his job and seen the Sky Blues go from 12/1 to 16/1 in the outright market.
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