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2016-17 League One promotion odds - Bolton Wanderers target Championship return

  • Which sides will earn promotion to the Championship this season?
  • Get all the latest promotion odds here as the 2016-17 campaign builds to its climax
Lawrie Wilson of Bolton Wanderers in action during a pre-season friendly match (credit: Getty Images)

The 2016-17 League One campaign is proving to be highly competitive with Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United all live contenders for the title.



Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and MK Dons suffered relegation from the Championship last season but they all still have some sort of a chance of returning to England's second tier.

League One last season produced one of the best stories in the English game with Will Grigg - of “Will Grigg's on fire” fame - scoring 25 of Wigan Athletic's 83 goals in a season that saw the Latics finish top. 

Other strikers to score 20 or more last term included Nicky Ajose of Swindon Town (who contributed 38% of his side's goals), Sam Winnall (30% of Barnsley's goals), Billy Sharp (33% of Sheffield United's goals), Adam Armstrong (29% of Coventry's goals) and Paddy Madden (33% of Scunthorpe United's goals). 

This term, the relegated teams from the Championship stand a fair chance of returning and in particular Bolton, who so far have outperformed the likes of Bristol Rovers and Oxford United, two clubs promoted from League Two that were originally viewed by the bookies as having as good a chance of securing promotion to the Championship as the Lancashire club.

Phil Parkinson, manager of Bolton Wanderers (Getty Images)
The Trotters have suffered dreadful financial problems in the last few years since Sam Allardyce was taking them into Europe via the Premier League, finishing sixth in 2005, but after a takeover they appear to be back on a sounder footing.

Phil Parkinson, an experienced operator at this level, was brought in as manager during the summer and the former Bradford City boss got his new club off to a strong start.

Sheffield United have been languishing in the third tier too long for a club of their size and after beginning the campaign poorly, their manager Chris Wilder will hope to keep the Blades in the top two to ensure they go up automatically.

Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town, Bradford City and Rochdale are also helping to form a very strong northern challenge for places in the Championship next season after enjoying excellent campaigns so far - can they keep up the pace?

2016-17 League One promotion best odds


1/20 Sheffield United (Stan James)
  5/6 Bolton Wanderers (Betfair Sportsbook)
  5/6 Scunthorpe United (Sky Bet)
  4/1 Fleetwood Town (William Hill)
  9/2 Bradford City (Betfair Sportsbook)
  9/2 Millwall (bet365)
  9/1 Rochdale (Sky Bet)
  9/1 Southend United (Betfair Sportsbook)
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2016-17 League One promotion odds - Bolton Wanderers target Championship return

The 2016-17 League One campaign is proving to be highly competitive with Sheffield United, Bolton Wanderers and Scunthorpe United all live contenders for the title.

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