The League Two season kicks off at the end of July and another exciting campaign will unfold in the fourth tier of the Football League. Last season's League Two had plenty of twists and turns as Forest Green Rovers won the division for the first time.
The 24 team league will provide fans with a marathon 46 game season as teams battle for promotion to League One. While the top of the table will see clubs fighting for promotion, the bottom of the standings will feature teams trying to avoid relegation to Non League Football.
Big spending Salford City will be expected to finally emerge from League Two. Will the team owned by the Class of '92 finally achieve promotion to League One? Meanwhile, newly promoted Stockport County are seeking back to back promotions. Can the Hatters achieve it?
The League Two season is about to kick off, so let's explore the teams, players, and outright betting odds.
League Two Outright Winner Odds
Salford City are under the management of another coach as Neil Wood takes over at the Peninsula Stadium. Wood joins the Ammies after coaching Manchester United's U23 team. Can he finally get Salford City out of League Two and up the Football League pyramid?
Here are the latest football betting odds for the League Two outright winner in 2022-23:
- Salford City 13/8
- Stockport County 7/4
- Bradford City 2/1
- Mansfield Town 3/1
- Swindon Town 7/2
- Northampton Town 4/1
- Leyton Orient 9/2
- Tranmere Rovers 9/2
- Wimbledon 5/1
- Doncaster Rovers 5/1
- Gillingham 5/1
- Walsall 11/2
- Grimsby 6/1
- Newport County 6/1
- Crewe 6/1
- Sutton 8/1
- Carlisle 8/1
- Colchester 9/1
- Harrogate Town 10/1
- Hartlepool 10/1
- Rochdale 12/1
- Stevenage 12/1
- Crawley Town 12/1
- Barrow 14/1
Who Are the Favourites to Win League Two this season?
Salford City are the favourites to win the league outright. The Ammies have more money than most in League Two. Despite the financial backing Salford City enjoy, they have struggled to get out of the fourth tier. This will be their fifth season in League Two.
Many fans and pundits expected the Ammies to blast their way up the Football League after joining it in 2019. So far, the club's continued chopping and changing of managers has hurt any efforts to reach higher. New manager Neil Wood may be inexperienced, but he will have the backing of the club to achieve promotion.
Stockport County achieved promotion from the National League last season. Bookies' have Stockport County as the second favourite team to win the division outright. Stockport County spent just over 10 years outside the Football League before making it back for this season. The Hatters have a dedicated owner who will be determined to keep them in the fourth tier.
Bradford City finished midtable last season. Like Salford City, they are expected to play well and are one of the bookies' favourites to win the division. Meanwhile, Mansfield Town are another popular choice as potential winners of the league. Mansfield Town were runners up in the promotion playoffs last season.
Finally, Swindon Town will hope to have another big season after unexpectedly making the playoffs in 2021-22. Last season, Swindon Town were under new ownership and had no contracted players heading into the preseason. The Robins may have overachieved but bookies' like their chances to win the division outright.
Who Are the Playoff Contenders this Season?
Port Vale won the promotion playoffs in League Two last term after finishing fifth. Vale beat out Northampton Town, Swindon Town, and Mansfield Town to achieve promotion.
Those three clubs beaten in the playoffs will fancy their chances of getting back to the postseason. Although the trio will also expect to battle for automatic promotion. Three teams in League Two achieve automatic promotion unlike in League One.
Sutton finished just one point outside of the playoff places last term. Tranmere Rovers were two points off of the top seven. Both clubs will be contenders for the playoffs. Add in the relegated sides from League One to the mix and this should be a great season in the fourth tier. Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, Wimbledon, and Crewe will hope they have the talent to battle for a top seven place.
Who Are the Dark Horses?
Stockport County are definitely one of the dark horses for promotion. The Hatters are seeking a second straight promotion after returning to the Football League. The ownership will back the club in the transfer market and give manager Dave Challinor the chance to win football matches.
Leyton Orient had moments of success in 2021-22. The O's finished 13th in the standings under Richie Wellens. He took over midseason for Kenny Jacket. The former Salford City manager led them to a fine finish and will expect more for the team in the new season.
Which Team Are Favourites for Relegation?
Barrow are expected to go down according to leading bookies. Barrow just saved their Football League status last season finishing 22nd in the division. Just six points separated Barrow from the drop. Luckily for the club, a three match losing streak to finish the campaign did not lead to demotion.
Here is a look at the latest relegation football betting odds for League Two:
- Barrow 11/4
- Hartlepool 9/2
- Rochdale 9/2
- Crawley Town 5/1
- Colchester 6/1
- Harrogate Town 6/1
- Stevenage 6/1
- Carlisle 13/2
- Crewe 13/2
- Grimsby 10/1
- Newport County 10/1
- Sutton 11/1
- Wimbledon 14/1
- Doncaster 16/1
- Gillingham 16/1
- Leyton Orient 16/1
- Tranmere Rovers 16/1
- Walsall 16/1
- Northampton Town 20/1
- Swindon Town 20/1
- Mansfield Town 33/1
- Bradford 40/1
- Salford City 50/1
- Stockport County 50/1
Which Teams Will Surprisingly Struggle This Season?
The four sides that were relegated from League One to League Two at the end of last season could all find life in the fourth division difficult. Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, Wimbledon, and Crewe will all play League Two football this season just months after being relegated.
Salford City have aspirations of being a Premier League team. However, the Ammies have struggled consistently since being promoted to the Football League. Despite being the bookies' favourite to win the league with the latest odds, there is no guarantee Salford City will finish first in the English league. Salford City have not finished higher than eighth in the league.
Walsall are one of League Two's small budge teams. The Saddlers finished 16th in the table last season with 54 points from 46 games. Although Walsall have been a fixture in the league for years, they could struggle to keep a place in the division. Rochdale are another side that could struggle. The club did sign Devante Rodney this offseason from rivals Swindon Town. Rodney's goals could be enough to keep them up. Rochdale are one of the bookies' favourites to be relegated this season.
Which Teams Were Relegated and Promoted Into League Two?
Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, Wimbledon, and Crewe were all relegated from League One into League Two at the end of last season.
Stockport County won the National League to earn promotion to the fourth division for the first time in over 10 years. Grimsby Town defeated Solihull Moors in the National League playoff final at Wembley to earn promotion alongside Stockport County.
Which Teams Were Promoted and Relegated Last Season?
Four teams were promoted from League Two to League One. Forest Green Rovers won the division to earn third division football. Joining them through automatic promotion were Exeter and Bristol Rovers. Port Vale overcame Mansfield Town 3-0 in the playoff final to earn promotion.
While four teams are promoted from League Two, only two teams are relegated to the National League. Oldham Athletic became the first former Premiership team to be relegated to the National League. The Owls were joined by Scunthorpe United in relegation. Both sides will be desperate to return to the fourth division.
Players To Watch This Season
Salford City is home to Luke Bolton, one of the stars of League Two in 2022-23. The former Manchester City youth academy product joined Salford City in January 2022 and thus far, has played just 15 times as a full-back and winger for the Ammies. Big things are expected of Bolton next season.
Jonny Williams earned fame from being in Netflix original show Sunderland 'Til I Die. The well travelled midfielder found a home at Swindon Town last season scoring five goals in 45 games in all competitions to help the Robins make the playoffs. Williams has one year left on his current contract and will be one of Swindon Town's most important players.
Colchester's Alan Judge may be 33 years old, but he is still a vital part of the team's attack. Judge contributed to seven goals last season in 32 League Two games.
Dom Telford led League Two in scoring with 25 goals in 37 matches for Newport County. As it stands, Telford is a free agent but could land at another League Two club. Newport County may not be able to resign Telford which could prevent them from challenging for promotion. On the other hand, another League Two team could land the striker and push for the top seven.
League Two Top Goalscorer Odds
League Two odds for top goalscorer have not been released by leading bookies yet. As soon as the betting odds are released, we will post them here.
When Does the League Two Start?
The season will begin on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
When is the Final Day of the League Two?
The season will conclude on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
When Are the League Two Playoffs this season?
The League Two playoffs will start shortly after the season ends on May 6. The playoff final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 27, 2023.
What Happens to the League Two during the World Cup?
League One and League Two will continue throughout the World Cup 2022. League One and League Two fixtures may be postponed depending on player involvement at the World Cup 2022, however.