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2017-18 League One promotion odds - Will Blackburn Rovers return to the Championship?

Jon Wilde 18 Sep 2017
  • Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Charlton Athletic are favourites to go up from League One
  • Get all the latest promotion odds for the English third tier in 2017-18
Reece James (left) of Wigan Athletic in action during their pre-season friendly match against Liverpool on July 14 2017 (credit: Getty Images)

Blackburn Rovers have been deposed by Wigan Athletic as the early favourites for promotion from League One straight back to the Championship in the 2017-18 season.


Premier League champions 22 years ago, Blackburn have suffered a fall from grace since they were bought by Indian poultry producers Venky’s at the end of 2010 and were relegated last term to the third tier despite finishing level on points with 21st-placed Nottingham Forest.

Rovers’ form improved after Tony Mowbray was appointed as their manager at the end of February, losing only three of their last 15 matches, and they will be hopeful of bouncing back at the first attempt.

As recently as 2010, Blackburn vs Portsmouth was a Premier League fixture but now both clubs are trying to get back up to the Championship and they have been installed among the first three in the betting to do so in 2017-18.

They were two divisions apart last season because Portsmouth were promoted from League Two, coming with a late run to snatch the title away from Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle on the final day of the campaign.

Christian Burgess (right) of Portsmouth in action during a pre-season friendly match against Bournemouth (Getty Images)
But since then, Pompey have lost the manager who guided them to the title because Paul Cook has moved back to his native North West to take charge of Wigan Athletic, who are now favourites in the early promotion betting after winning their first three matches of the campaign.

Like Blackburn, Wigan were also relegated from the Championship last season and a string of managers have come and gone from the DW Stadium since Roberto Martinez left to take charge of Everton following the club’s shock 2013 FA Cup triumph.

Cook is the sixth permanent boss to have been appointed during that time and will hope to ensure this is a fourth consecutive campaign when the Latics change division by taking them back up to the second tier.

Of the clubs who have been knocking at the door of promotion from League One, none has been banging louder than Bradford City who have missed out in the play-offs for the last two seasons.

The Bantams, along with Charlton Athletic, Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United, will be hoping it is their turn to be celebrating come May.

2017-18 League One promotion best odds


10/11 Wigan Athletic (betway)
  11/8 Blackburn Rovers (Sky Bet)
    7/2 Bradford City (BetStars)
    4/1 Charlton Athletic (BetFred)
    4/1 Peterborough United (BetStars)
    5/1 Portsmouth (BetStars)
  11/2 Scunthorpe United (BetStars)
  13/2 Oxford United (Paddy Power)
    7/1 Shrewsbury Town (BetStars)
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2017-18 League One promotion odds - Will Blackburn Rovers return to the Championship?

Blackburn Rovers have been deposed by Wigan Athletic as the early favourites for promotion from League One straight back to the Championship in the 2017-18 season.

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