League One Odds: Who will win promotion in 2023/24?
League One Odds
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League One Odds: Who will win promotion in 2023/24?
Things remain pretty tight at the upper end of the League One table although Portsmouth hold a healthy lead at the summit of the division despite dropping points at Charlton Athletic in their last outing.
We’re fast approaching the latter stages of the 2023/24 League One campaign and it’s becoming ever clearer who the main challengers for promotion are set to be, the likes of Portsmouth, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers having set their stalls out many weeks ago.
Odds correct at time of writing (29.02.24)
Portsmouth – 1/7
Portsmouth remain at the top of the League One table after 35 rounds of fixtures, however the south-coast side dropped points when being held to a draw by Charlton Athletic at the Valley last weekend and their lead at the summit has been slashed to just five points. Pompey still remain firm favourites for promotion to the Championship however, some bookies going a best price of just 1/7 that they make the jump and 8/13 that they go up as League One champions.
Bolton Wanderers – 4/5
Bolton Wanderers sit in third position in the Championship table behind second-placed Derby County and leaders Portsmouth, however the Trotters sit behind the Rams on goal difference alone and their five-point gap between themselves and Pompey could be slashed to just two should Bolton win their game-in-hand. For that reason, Wanderers are second favourites to make the jump to the Championship at best betting odds of 4/5 while they are a 6/1 shot to go up as champions.
Derby County – 10/11
Derby County came off second best to a resurgent Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening when losing 2-1 on home soil and while this hasn’t been enough to send them flying out of the automatic promotion places, it has dented any ambitions they may have had of clinching the title. In fairness, the title race is still wide open with only five points separating the Rams from Pompey and the East Midlands side remain odds-on for promotion at a best price of 10/11 (8/1 for the title).
The likes of Portsmouth, Derby County and Bolton Wanderers are still looking very well-placed to win promotion to the Championship at the end of the current campaign.
We look at the most likely contenders for promotion at the end of the 2023/24 campaign.
Odds correct at time of writing (20.02.24)
Portsmouth – 1/4
Portsmouth thrashed Reading to the tune of 4-1 on Saturday afternoon and sent themselves six points clear at the summit of the League One table in the process, albeit having played one game more than second-placed Derby County and three more than third-placed Bolton Wanderers. Pompey have been one of the frontrunners for the title since early in the campaign and the bookmakers have them priced at 1/4 for promotion and Evens for the League One title.
Derby County – 8/15
Derby County will understandably be desperate to haul themselves back into the Championship and they remain very well placed to do just that, the East Midlands outfit edging past Stevenage 1-0 at the weekend and keeping themselves in the top two in the league table. The Rams enjoy a three point lead over third-placed Bolton Wanderers (who have two games in hand) and the bookies make them 8/15 for promotion and 3/1 for the title.
Bolton Wanderers – 8/11
Bolton Wanderers have games in hand over the two sides above them in the League One table but they dropped points in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Charlton Athletic at the weekend. They nevertheless remain very much in the hunt for promotion although fourth-placed Barnsley sit just three points behind them (the Tykes having played one game more) and the bookies go 8/11 on the Trotters winning promotion to the Championship and 9/2 that they take the League One crown.
The battle for the promotion berths continues as the business end of the League One campaign fast approaches and league leaders Portsmouth are looking unstoppable as they storm ever closer to the title and automatic promotion into the Championship.
Most teams in League One have played 32 rounds of league fixtures and it’s becoming ever clearer who will be the main contenders for the automatic promotion berths. Nevertheless, there’s still much of the season left to play and while three sides are now odds-on to make the jump up to the Championship, there may be a few surprises between now and the end of the campaign.
Portsmouth – 1/4
With just four league defeats to their name since the start of 2023/24, Portsmouth have been the standout side in League One this season. The south-coast side currently sit six points clear at the summit of the division (albeit having played at least one game more than the sides immediately below them) and they further cemented their lofty position when beating bottom side Carlisle United 1-0 at Brunton Park last weekend and Cambridge United 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
Derby County – 4/7
Derby County will be eager to haul themselves back into the Championship and as things stand they are one of the main challengers to Portsmouth in the race for the title. The Rams sit six points behind Pompey (with one game-in-hand over the leaders) but they sit just a single point above third-placed Bolton Wanderers who have played two games less than the East Midlands outfit.
Bolton Wanderers – 4/6
Bolton Wanderers are in a very strong position to break into the automatic promotion berths given that they sit just one point behind second-placed Derby County with two games-in-hand. Indeed, the Trotters sit just seven points behind leaders Portsmouth and could leapfrog them into pole position should they win each of the three games-in-hand that they enjoy over the South Coast side.
Things are pretty tight at the top end of the League One with several sides in with a realistic chance of claiming the title, however Portsmouth are in the strongest position as things stand.
Most League One sides have played thirty rounds of fixtures and it’s becoming clearer who the main candidates for promotion will be at the business end of the campaign, however with just seven points separating third-placed Bolton Wanderers from seventh-placed Oxford United, the race for the play-offs is wide open.
Derby County – 8/15
Despite having lost seven of their league games this season – more than any other third-tier side in the top five – Derby County are deemed the side most likely to win promotion this season. The Rams sit second in the league table with four points separating them from table-topping Portsmouth who have played one game more and the East Midlands outfit are priced at best odds of 8/15 for promotion and 3/1 for the League One title.
Bolton Wanderers – 8/11
Bolton Wanderers have consistently been close to the top of the League One table since early in the campaign and they sit just one point adrift of second-placed Derby County with two games-in-hand over the Rams and three games-in-hand over leaders Portsmouth who are five points ahead of the Trotters. The Lancashire outfit have lost just six of their 28 league outings thus far and they are 8/11 for promotion and 11/4 for the title.
Portsmouth – 8/11
Portsmouth are currently sitting in pole position in the League One table with four points separating them from second-placed Derby County and they will be confident of maintaining this healthy position when they lock horns with bottom side Carlisle United this coming weekend at Brunton Park. Pompey have lost just four games whilst on league duty this term – less than any other third tier side – and they are priced at 8/11 for promotion and 11/4 for the title.
Peterborough United – 5/6
Peterborough United failed at the play-off stages at the end of last season and will be determined to go one better at the end of 2023/24. The Posh sit in fourth position in the League One table and are a best price of 5/6 to lift themselves up to the Championship and 6/1 to claim the title.
Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday won promotion from League One at the end of the 2022/23 campaign but who will make the jump at the end of the current campaign?
We’re now into the second half of what thus far has proven to be a hugely competitive League One campaign and things are very tight at the top end of the division with just eight points separating second-placed Bolton Wanderers from seventh-placed Stevenage. The big question is, who will make the jump into the Championship at the end of the season?
Derby County – 8/15
Derby County agonisingly missed out on a play-off place on the final day of the regular 2022/23 campaign but they will be confident of returning to the Championship at the second attempt after dropping down to the third tier at the end of the 2021/22 season. The Rams currently sit in fourth place in the League One table with goal difference alone separating them from third-placed Peterborough United and with 15 wins from their opening 25 league outings, the bookmakers make them big favourites for promotion to the second tier at a best price of 8/15.
Bolton Wanderers – 4/7
Bolton Wanderers currently sit second in the League One table with two points separating them from current leaders Portsmouth who have played two games more than the Trotters. Wanderers have won their last four games whilst on League One duty and have claimed maximum points more times than any other side in the division, therefore it’s no surprise to see them priced as one of the favourites to make the jump to the second tier at a best price of 4/7.
Portsmouth – 4/5
Portsmouth finished the 2022/23 campaign two positions and seven points adrift of the play-off places, however their lofty position in the current campaign has given their fans hope that they can haul themselves into the Championship via the automatic promotion places. As things stand, Pompey sit at the summit of the division with two points separating them from second-placed Bolton Wanderers (who have two games in hand) and the bookmakers go odds-on at a best price of 4/5 that they haul themselves up to the second tier at the end of the season.
Peterborough United – 10/11
Peterborough United dropped down from the Championship and into League One at the end of the 2021/22 season and failed to make it into the play-off final last term after squandering a four-goal lead in the two-legged semi-finals to Sheffield Wednesday who subsequently made the jump. The Posh are looking well-placed to grab themselves another bite of the play-off cherry this time around and the bookmakers go 10/11 that they make it back to the Championship at the second time of asking.
Derby County – 13/8 for Promotion
Derby County’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on the final day of the regular season resulted in them missing out on a play-off place by just a single point, the Rams now condemned to a second season in the third tier. Nevertheless hopes will be high that the East Midlands outfit can return to the Championship after a two-season absence at the end of the 2023/24 campaign and most bookmakers go best odds of 13/8 that this proves to be the case.
The Rams get their 2023/24 League One campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Wigan Athletic at Pride Park, the home side odds-on favourites to collect all three points at best odds of 4/6.
Bolton Wanderers – 11/4 for Promotion
Bolton Wanderers lost 2-1 on aggregate to Barnsley in the League One play-off semi-final, the Trotters having finished in fifth position at the end of the regular campaign and like Derby County, they will spend a second season in the third tier. The general consensus is that Bolton will be one of the main contenders for Promotion next term and the leading UK bookmakers go as high as 11/4 that they find themselves in the Championship at the end of next term.
Wanderers get their 2023/24 League One campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Lincoln City, the Lancashire outfit firm favourites to get their season off to a winning start at a best price of 4/6.
Portsmouth – 3/1 for Promotion
Portsmouth fell short of the play-offs by seven points at the end of the regular 2022/23 League One season but the south-coast are fancied to be one of the main contenders for promotion in the upcoming campaign. Pompey have strengthened during the summer and they will be a tough side to beat throughout 2023/24, the bookmakers going 3/1 that they get themselves promoted and 10/1 that they clinch the League One title.
Pompey get their 2023/24 League One campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Bristol Rovers, the home side odds-on at a best price of 17/20 to get their campaign off to a winning start.
Peterborough United – 7/2 for Promotion
Peterborough United looked very much as though they were on their way to the League One play-off final after demolishing Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 in the semi-final first leg, however they collapsed against the Owls in the return fixture when losing by the same scoreline in 90 minutes and lost in a subsequent penalty shoot-out. The Posh managed automatic promotion to the Championship in 2020/21 but dropped straight back down the following season. Will they return to the second tier at the end of 2023/24? The bookies go a general 7/2 that they do.
Peterborough get their season underway on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Reading, the visitors favourites to collect all three points at best odds of 13/10.
League One Promotion 23/24 Best Odds
13/8 – Derby County
11/4 – Bolton Wanderers
3/1 – Portsmouth
7/2 – Peterborough United
League One Title 23/24 Best Odds
9/2 – Derby County
15/2 – Bolton Wanderers
10/1 – Portsmouth
11/1 – Barnsley
12/1 – Peterborough United