17th August 2012
League 1 Betting: Swindon look a good bet to win back to back titles under Paolo di Canio
Last season’s League One was one of the hardest League One’s ever with a number of top sides in the division but it looks a little lower in profile this season with Charlton, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield, three of the big clubs, all being promoted. One big club who has been left behind are Sheffield United and the Blades are 6/1 favourites to win the league with Stan James.
Sheffield United looked for all the world like they would be the ones who would be promoted behind Charlton who ran away with the league. But just as the business stage of the season arrived their star striker Ched Evans was put in prison and their season never really recovered from that. Goals will be an issue this season for the Blades so the signing of Shaun Miller from Crewe was important but I’m still a reluctant player at 6/1.
MK Dons are the second favourites in the division. Once again Milton Keynes lost out in the playoffs last season and although they have made the permanent signing of Alan Smith and signed Ryan Lowe too I still think they might be found out and I’m not interested at 7/1. I see this season being another season of playoffs at best for MK.
The three sides who were relegated from the Championship last season were Coventry, Portsmouth and Doncaster. Well we can rule Portsmouth off from any title talk because they are still in administration, barely have a senior player and will do well to avoid relegation let alone the title. The other two are a little more interesting.
If you think a manager makes a real difference then Andy Thorn and Dean Saunders probably wouldn’t inspire you to back either of these sides but there’s no doubt both have done good business over the summer. Coventry have raided Scotland for John Fleck and Stephen Elliott while Kevin Kilbane adds his experience to the mix while Doncaster have signed Robbie Blake and David Cotterill who both have Premier League experience so both are entitled to be right in the mix.
The side I like though are Swindon Town. They have spent a fair bit of money under Paolo di Canio and it has already worked as the Italian has got them back into League One at the first time of asking. Di Canio is very strong minded in where he wants to go and what he expects of his players so I expect no let up from them just because they are in a higher league this season. In Gary Roberts, James Collins and Andy Williams they have added more bodies to an already strong attack and with a couple of defensive additions too and the potential for more signings to come in January if needed, Swindon could just be the team to beat in League One this season.
Back Swindon Town to win League One (e/w) for a 2/10 stake at 10.00 with BetVictor (1/4 1-3)
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Author: 'Arry Allsports