While there’s no guaranteeing the outcome of any football division, one thing’s for sure – predicting who we think is going to get promoted makes each match more exciting. The top seven clubs will finish in a promotion position, with the winner ascending automatically and the following six competing in the playoffs. For punters looking to take part in a spot of sports betting, these are the teams with the best odds for promotion to League 2 this season.
Leyton Orient look set to win the National League title trophy and make their way into League 2, with Justin Edinburgh as a great appointment half way through last season. Only fuelling the O’s confidence, the team look like a great bet for this season’s title winners, and they currently have 6/4 odds to win. Often cited as sharing similar traits to Premier League giants Liverpool, Leyton Orient are currently top of the National League table and their games promise to be some of the most entertaining in the division.
With the top seven teams qualifying for the playoffs, one team that is a favourite for promotion is big-spending Salford City which is famously backed by Manchester United legends who not only have the money to challenge but also have the confidence to make it to League 2. AFC Fylde are currently 6/1 to be promoted and have enjoyed a great first season at this level. They’ve got strong investment that has brought them this far and they could easily go one better to take a promotion spot in May.
National League leaders Wrexham have 9/1 odds to be promoted in 2019 and have bolstered their chances by signing forward Jonathan Franks until the end of the season. Wrexham boss Sam Ricketts has stated that he’s pleased with how the side fought to salvage a ‘valuable point’ in their match against Maidstone United. Similarly, Barnet have the added bonus of the historically greatest ever manager for the division, John Still, on their side which could help power them into promotion status.
Ebbsfleet United are predicted to perform well this season and are heading in the right direction, with 6/4 odds to make it into League 2 next year. Although they were distracted by the FA Trophy last season, if Bromley push that priority aside this time around then a top seven finish could easily be within touching distance for the Ravens. They’ve signed Grimsby Town striker JJ Hooper for a one-month loan deal to help boost their chances.
Finally, Harrogate Town have been performing well so far and look set to continue in the right direction as the season draws to a close next year. With a triple contract boost in the form of three key players – Liam Agnew, Lloyd Kerry and Kelvin Langmead – agreeing new deals, they could easily be one of the more likely teams to enjoy a top seven promotion spot in May. The trio have collectively been described as crucial to the team’s impressive starting position in the table.