English Leagues One and Two, below the high profile Premier League and Championship are always markedly competitive and this season will be no different

Recommendations

Wigan Athletic to win League One 7/1 BetVictor

Cambridge Athletic each way, League Two 16/1 Ladbrokes (1/4 1,2,3)

Taking each league in turn:

League One

League One contains two “big” teams at the head of the market. Sheffield United, a former Premier League team have a big fan base and are overdue promotion. They have appointed former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins as their new manager and his task will be to add some goals to a side that has been difficult to beat but lacking firepower in recent seasons

Wigan Athletic, a premier league team as recently as three years ago, have suffered two relegations and sacked three managers since. Their advantage for this season is financial, retaining Premier League parachute payments is a gives them a larger budget than any other club in the division. This has enabled them for example to recruit striker Will Grigg who scored over 20 goals last season in the division to help promote MK Dons. He is 9/1 favourite to be the division’s top scorer with BetVictor. Their potential disadvantage is inexperience and instability off the field.

Aside from the two favourites relegated Millwall, Bradford City (coffers boosted by deep cup runs in recent years) and habitually free-scoring Peterborough United come next in the market with the likes of Barnsley, last season’s play off losers Swindon and former championship sides Coventry and Doncaster next in the betting

In general though whilst everyone would expect this division to be competitive, it does not look to have the quality of recent seasons, and this explains why there is confidence about the front two in the market

The outright market with best prices available is as follows:

Sheffield United 11/2 (Coral)

Wigan Athletic 7 (BetVictor)

Millwall 11/1 (William Hill)

Peterborough United 14/1 (Bet365)

Bradford City 16/1 (BetVictor)

Barnsley 20/1 (StanJames)

Swindon Town 20/1 (BetVictor)

Coventry City 20/1 (Bet365)

Doncaster Rovers 25/1 (Bet365)

Each way terms are three places, a quarter of the odds

League Two

League Two has a short-priced favourite in Portsmouth a former Premier League side that has dropped through the leagues and yet to recover. It is widely assumed that this will be the season but for a bet that will not mature until May 2016 in a very tough league the outright price shown below is prohibitive

Oxford United have received investment and are second favourites ahead of Luton Town, relegated Leyton Orient and Cambridge United who have been reinvesting the proceeds of their FA Cup ties against Manchester United in the playing squad this summer

In general though forecasting which League Two teams will be value is very difficult, there is such a high turnover of players and disparities in club finances from season to season. I do like the look of Cambridge United, with their financial boost, to outperform their odds.

The outright market with best prices available is as follows:

Portsmouth 9/2 (Betfred)

Oxford United 9/1 (William Hill)

Luton Town 9/1 (Betfred)

Leyton Orient 12/1 (BetVictor)

Cambridge United 16/1 (Ladbrokes)

Northampton Town 16/1 (Bet365)

Notts County 16/1 (Coral)

Bristol Rovers 20/1 (Bet365)

Plymouth Argyle 20/1 (BetVictor)

Stevenage 20/1 (Coral)

Recommendations

Wigan Athletic to win League One 7/1 BetVictor

Cambridge Athletic each way, League Two 16/1 Ladbrokes (1/4 1,2,3)