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Sky Bet season betting preview

24 June 2015

Thoughts from the Football League's title sponsor ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Sky Bet have named Portsmouth as front-runners for promotion to Sky Bet League 1 in the 2015/16 season.
 
The fan-owned club have installed former Chesterfield boss Paul Cook as their new first team manager and look to be in a great position for a title challenge in Sky Bet League 2.
 
They’re 9/2 to lift the Sky Bet League 2 trophy and 10/11 to be promoted.
 
Oxford United are second favourites for the title and will be hoping to avoid the slow start that cost them during the last term.

The Us are 10/11 to be promoted and 9/1 joint favourites with Portsmouth to be top on 01 September.
 
They welcome Crawley Town to the Kassam Stadium on opening day and are odds on favourites at 5/6 to get their campaign off to a winning start.
 
Leyton Orient were relegated from Sky Bet League 1 last season, but are 9/4 to bounce straight back.

They host newly-promoted Barnet on the opening day and are 10/11 favourites to win, while Barnet can be backed at 11/4.

Bristol Rovers, who won the Conference Premier play-offs on penalties at Wembley in May, are a 7/2 shot to gain promotion again and can be backed at 14/1 to do it via the play-offs again.
 
Their first game is at home to Northampton Town, and they are 6/5 favourites, with The Cobblers at 2/1.
 
Of the teams who may find themselves at the wrong end of the table, Sky Bet make Accrington Stanley (1/5), Newport County and Dagenham & Redbridge (both 1/8) the least likely to stay up next May.
 
Dagenham and Newport both face difficult away fixtures first up, with Newport 13/5 to overcome Cambridge United and the Daggers 4/1 to beat highly-rated Pompey.
 
Newly promoted side Barnet, who won the Conference Premier last term, are 1/40 to avoid relegation in their first season in Sky Bet League 2.
 
All odds are subject to change.

For odds on all Sky Bet League 2 outright markets, visit: www.skybet.com/mansfield.

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