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League Two 16/17 Promotion Tips

The League Two promotion race is a tough one to call, but our experts have predicted the three teams to be a League One side by next summer.

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Dean's Pre-Season Views

The Sky Bet League Two season is fast approaching and we’ll have outright tips, match previews and plenty more right here at 

The thrills and spills of the bottom tier of the Football League always make for an entertaining season of football. Can Portsmouth begin their ascent back up the divisions at the third time of asking? How will relegated sides such as Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool cope with the step down? And how will Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town fare on their return to League Football? 

After two years of settling themselves in the bottom tier and ‘stopping the rot’ so to speak, Portsmouth are big favourites for the League Two title this season and are in fact odds on for promotion with some bookmakers. Paul Cook has experience in winning this division before with Chesterfield and players like Adam McGurk, Gary Roberts and Kyle Bennett will provide a real attacking threat to most defences at this level.

After Pompey, Luton Town are second favourites after ending the season well. Boss Nathan Jones will have money to spend to improve his squad over the summer and so will Doncaster boss Darren Ferguson. Son of Manchester United legend Sir Alex, the ex-Peterborough United boss has been one of the better managers in the lower leagues in recent years and although it was a shock to see Rovers go down from League One last term, don’t be surprised to see them bounce back at the first attempt.

Over recent years, it hasn’t been out of the ordinary to see teams earn back-to-back promotions from the Conference into League One. This will no doubt be the aim for both Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town, two clubs who have relatively recent experience at a higher level. They have the players and infrastructure to cause problems over the course of the season.

Down at the bottom end of the table the likes of Newport County, Crawley Town and Morecambe are expected to struggle once again – but can they surprise the bookmakers like Accrington Stanley did last year? There’s a feeling that with some momentum, anything can happen at League Two level.

So for all the best outright tips, accumulators and match previews in the fourth tier, keep checking this page throughout the League Two season.

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