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The English soccer league 2 is lowest in the professional ranks in that country as is known as the fourth division (renamed 14 years ago to League 2).
This fourth tier is often the base point for many teams around the country that require professional status and could be regarded as one of the toughest leagues in the world for this very reason.
Many storied clubs, rich in English heritage have played or are still playing in this league and it provides many upset titles, and surprising relegations.
Last season saw three former Premiership clubs plying their trade in League 2 with Coventry City, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town wallowing in the lower league action.
Luckily for Coventry, who boast a 30 000 seater stadium and a rich history, they managed to get promoted to the League 1, a step in the right direction for the famous club.
Another well-known English club Luton Town was also a member of last season’s League 2 but the club finished second and were promoted.
The other two clubs promoted were Accrington Stanley F.C. and Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
The longest tenure in the current League 2 status belongs to Morecambe United, who have been plugging away in this division since 2006/07.
One of the chief reasons the league is so tough to predict is that there are 24 teams competing year in and year out, and many tipster sites have their hands full trying to forecast eventual winners and losers.
The top three teams at the end of each season are automatically promoted to League 1, while the side that wins a play-off involving clubs that finished positions 4 through 7, will also move up a division.
Sports prediction sites are the best means for a punter to follow this league as many of the variable stats, updates, players and more are not easily available for a quick research purpose.
This is one of the trickiest leagues in the world to accurately forecast winners as historical data is almost thrown out of the window when computing algorithms are at play.
A prediction site makes much use of historical data, in the form of a rankings system based on past results over the years yet for the English League 2, almost all this data can be discarded.
Many of the higher ranking teams are in a desperate free-fall and more often than not, struggle to climb their way out of the lower tiers of English Football.
The prediction sites make more use out of a ratings calculation, with all the current variables taken into account. Factors like financial backing, squads, injuries, boardroom takeovers and the like are more likely to alter both odds and reality.
Many of these matches are put into soccer jackpots across the world due to the tough-as-teak nature of the style of play and also using historical brand names to ‘almost mislead’ the punter.
Many bet-makers will quickly scan the log ahead of a jackpot but just as many will go on a brand name. Muscle memory reminds punters of Swindon Town and they are sometimes considered favourites against a team like Stevenage, when in fact they are not.
This is why many sports predictors must take this kind of bet-pattern into account when they set out their tips for the weekend’s matches, as many punters will miss the reality and go with their heart.
This can see many near-miss jackpot wins occurring, with the Swindon Town loss the only blemish on an otherwise perfect bet slip.