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How to Bet on League One Football
League One Betting Video
Real bets placed and tips on how to place smarter bets to help you decide who will be promoted or relegated and where to look on a game by game basis at the stats, its all in our League One betting video.
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Betting on League One
It may not have the glamour of the Premier League or the big-name stars of the Champions League, but League One is still great for football betting, with all high street bookmakers as well as all online sports betting companies offering a wide range of markets on matches played at this level.
Popular types of bet you can make include putting money on the overall winner of the division, as well as one which clubs you think will get promoted to the Championship. You could also have a flutter on which clubs you think will get relegated or which player you think will score the most goals.
A great way of improving your chances of beating the bookie and making some money on League One betting is to take advantage of in-play betting. This is when online bookmakers give you the chance to cash in on a bet before a game has finished.
Let's say, for example, you have put £10 on Preston North End to beat Shrewsbury Town at odds of 2/1. Now, imagine that Preston are winning 2-1 with 70 minutes of the match played. The bookmaker could offer you the chance to cash out your bet for £19. Of course, this is not as much as the £30 you stand to make if Preston do end up winning the match. However, it's still a profit and, more importantly, it's money in the bank which, once you've cashed, you can't lose, even if Shrewsbury produce a late come-back.
Alternatively, you can use in-play betting to cut your losses and run. For example, if you have £20 on Swindon Town to beat Sheffield United but Swindon are losing 2-0 at half-time, you could be offered £6.20 to cash out. If you choose to accept this, you will not have lost all your money if Sheffield United do hold on to their lead. But, of course, if you cash in and it turns out your initial hunch was right, then you will have missed out on making a profit.
Football League One
Football League One, more commonly known as just League One, is the second-highest division of the English Football League and the third tier of the English football system, behind the Premier League and the Championship.
The league is famous for its competitive nature, with competition at the top and bottom fierce most seasons. This makes it popular with a niche television audience, with highlights shown on national television and some matches screened live not just in the UK but also overseas.
The excitement of the league, driven largely by the unpredictability of many games as well as by the mixture of traditionally big clubs and smaller minnows, also makes it popular with sports betting fans and all bookmakers offer a wide range of betting markets for League One right through the season.
History of League One
The Football League One was first launched for the 2004/05 season. Before this, it was known as the Football League Second Division for several years, though in the decades before the advent of the Premier League it was known simply as the Football League Third Division.
Over the decades, dozens of different clubs have competed in this league, including some of the biggest teams in world football such as Manchester City. At present, Oldham Athletic hold the record for the longest stay in the division, having been competing at this level since the 1996/97 season.
Under the current format, 24 clubs battle it out in League One, with each team playing each other both home and away. Here's what you need to know about the League One season:
Three points are awarded for a win and each team will get one point each for a draw. No points are awarded for a defeat, nor are any bonus points available for high-scoring games. High scoring games have very good odds if you bet on the score and are correct.
All matches are 90 minutes long, with no extra time or penalties since they can finish as ties. Hence you can bet on a draw.
At the end of the season, the team with the most points are named the champions. If teams are equal on points, then the one with the best goal difference is ranked the highest
The champions automatically get promoted to The Championship, as do the runners-up. The teams ranked third to sixth, meanwhile, play one another in a straight knockout mini competition. The winner of this play-off also gets promoted to the Championship.
At the other end of the table, the four clubs that finish bottom of Football League One are automatically relegated to League Two. These will be replaced the following season by the top three clubs from League Two, as well as with the winner of the League Two play-off.
League One 2014/15 Season
One of the great things about League One is the unpredictability of the division, with most teams capable of beating anyone on their day. That said, some teams do look stronger than others and some will be well worth watching out for.
The biggest three clubs in League One are also the most likely to get promoted. Sheffield United, Bristol City and Preston North End are all likely to battle it out at the top of the table, though Doncaster, Peterborough and Leyton Orient could also be in the mix, or at the very least be pushing for play-off places. You can place online bets on what you think very easily.
At the other end of the table, smaller teams such as Colchester, Crewe and Port Vale could all struggle and are all likely relegation candidates. So if you agree you can get good odds earlier into the season rather than later.
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