Sheffield United are hoping this is finally the year when they break free from the shackles of League One. A former Premier League outfit, the Blades have one of the biggest fanbases and one of the biggest budgets in the division so they very much should be competing at the top end of the table.
Last year, Nigel Adkins became the latest in a long list of managers who have failed to achieve promotion for the South Yorkshire outfit but Chris Wilder has come to Bramall Lane on the back of promotion with Northampton Town last time out. His side are 2/1 to win the league title with Sportingbet
Along with the Blades, the bookmakers fancy one of the teams who lost out in the League One play-offs last term to have a run at the title this time around. Despite having lost manager Phil Parkinson to Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, now managed by Stuart McCall, are 5/1 with Betfair Sportsbook
to finish top of the table.
Parkinson has quite a big job on his hands if he is to take Bolton back to the Championship at the first time of asking. Despite his depleted squad, the bookies obviously feel the club can begin the rebuild this season by offering odds of 13/2 (Sky Bet
) for the Lancastrians to win the League One title this term.
As for a surprise package, how about Scunthorpe United? They only just missed out on the play-offs last season after a superb run during the second half of the campaign and have built on that good work this time around.
The Iron are not as big or fashionable a club as some of their rivals, but are an emerging force under manager Graham Alexander and more than a third of the way through the season they are proudly sitting clear at the top of the table.
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