Football predictions for the England League 1

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The English league 1 football competition is one of the toughest in the world, with a host of sides capable of winning the title and earning an automatic promotion to the Championships.

From there it is only one season from the English Premiership and many sides harbour the dream of playing in the world’s elite competition.

The tough nature of the league sees four teams relegated and three newcomers at the end of the next season and this makes for riveting football all campaign long.

The short odds for the 2018/19 season are on Sunderland, and they are priced at 3/1 to finish top of the pile. The Black Cats have enjoyed a few miserable seasons and the former EPL outfit will be looking for an escape to the Championship.

Many of the leading bookmakers are not quite so certain about other leading contenders with Barnsley (another former EPL team) the next best at 8/1.

Two more former English Premiership teams in Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth are good bets at 12/1 and 14/1 respectively.

An outside punt that could yield dividends in Luton Town, who are priced at 16/1. Luton have just moved up a division and will look to make an immediate impact, while the other newbies to this division are Wycombe Wanderers, Accrington Stanley and Coventry City.

The three sides relegated from the Championship, Barnsley, Sunderland and Burton Albion will all be looking for an immediate promotion.

The teams that finish first and second move up to the second tier of English football automatically while the third promotion place follows a play-off between the teams coming third and sixth at seasons-end.

Sunderland are by far the biggest team in the league with their Stadium of Light Stadium packing in 48 000 supporters each week. Whether the fans will continue to fill the seats will be key to the side winning the division.

Coventry City are also a side with a huge stadium, fan base and historical relevance and they too will be pushing for outright promotion.

The 2017/18 campaign saw four teams drop to the second-bottom tier of English professional football with the likes of Bury, Milton Keynes Dons, Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic all failing to make an impression.

The League 1 offers many supporters great betting opportunities and while punters often back sides with historical appeal, the current form guide is a more important tool in the punters arsenal.

Current variables must be taken into account, with seven of the 24 teams welcoming new managers for the latest campaign. This change either galvanises a team or brings about unnecessary change and bettors will do well to look at how these sides adapt in the early stages of the campaign.

Three of the favourites in Sunderland, Barnsley and Charlton have all got new managers and this could play a big part in forthcoming results. In fact Charlton, by mid July 2018, are still manager-less.

This season promises a fascinating contest with the larger clubs dreaming of EPL glory and the smaller clubs struggling for survival.

Bookmakers often slip in League 1 fixtures in their various jackpot pools so research by the punters will be vital to landing the big score.

The relegation battle is another key aspect to take into consideration when it comes to betting and the likes of Accrington, Fleetwood Town, Oxford United and Rochdale are all hoping for a solid outing.