League Two Online Betting


League Two is the third tier of The Football League and fourth tier overall in the English football league "pyramid." League Two, previously known as the Third Division, was introduced for the 2004/05 season.

Previous Winners


Since 2004-05, the League Two winners have been Yeovil Town, Carlisle United, Walsall and MK Dons.
Carlisle's performance is particularly noteworthy, have been relegated to the Conference in 2003-2004, but regaining League status at the first attempt, followed by immediate promotion to League One in 2005-06.

Outright League Two Betting


League Two betting on the outright winners tends to be one of football's more open markets, with even the top sides trading at double figure prices at the start of the season. Determining trends which may help to form a shortlist of prospective winners is difficult, as many of the previous winners have gone on to better things. For example, 3-time League Two winners (as the Third Division) Doncaster reached the Championship for the 2008-09 season, while dual winners Brighton, Carlisle, Peterborough and Walsall have all maintained League One status. As with all betting, value is the key factor when seeking an outright winner in the League Two betting. Even if an outright leader appears, by say, halfway through the season, it is worth remembering that there are still 23 games and 69 points to play for. Given that the League Two winners generally amass between 90 and 100 points, the chasing pack still have plenty of time to make up the leeway.

Match Betting


90-minute fixed odds betting is probably preferred by punters, but is not as popular as in the higher divisions, due to limited TV coverage. Some punters choose to focus on League Two betting as it does not receive as much of the media "spotlight" as the Premiership and Championship. Punters who concentrate on, say, half a dozen teams acquire an in-depth knowledge of these sides and can readily identify value bets amongst the vast range of markets offered by the layers.

Promotion


The top three League Two teams gain automatic promotion to League One. They are joined in League One by the winners of the playoffs between the sides finishing 4th to 7th. These 4 teams are replaced by the bottom 4 finishers in League One. Alongside the League Two winners (see above), the promoted sides have been Scunthorpe, Swansea and Southend (2004-05), Northampton, Leyton Orient and Cheltenham (2005-06), Hartlepool, Swindon and Bristol Rovers (2006-07), Peterborough, Hereford and Stockport (2007-08). Finding any common factors amongst potential promotion candidates is a difficult process. Perhaps the best advice is to follow a common sense approach, concentrating of teams which have performed well in recent seasons and those which have revamped their sides with new signings.

Relegation


The teams finishing in the bottom 2 positions in League Two are relegated to the Conference National, being replaced by the Conference National winners and the winners of the playoffs involving the 2nd to 5th-placed sides in the Conference. In order to gain promotion from the Conference, teams must conform to various Football League criteria, including stadium standards. The relegation battle in League Two is probably the most fiercely fought of all the divisions, as relegated sides lose their Football League status. As with any of the other divisions, punters should make themselves aware of any clubs in financial difficulties, which may lead to a Company Voluntary Arrangement (administration) and the deduction of points by the Football League.

Top Goalscorer


The 2004-05 top scorer was Phil Jevons of champions Yeovil Town. The 2005-06 winner Karl Hawkley was also a member of the League Two winners, Carlisle. In 2006-07, there were joint top goalscorers; Richard Barker (Hartlepool) and Izale McLeod (MK Dons) both had a tally of 21 goals. Hartlepool were promoted as runners-up, while MK Dons finished 4th. In 2007-08, Aaron McLean, representing runners-up Peterborough, topped the goalscoring charts with 29 successful strikes. This suggests that punters wishing to invest in the League Two betting on the season's top scorer should focus on the top few sides in the division. Given the ultra-competitive nature of this division, it is seldom that a side or group of sides manages to "break away" from the chasing pack. As a result, League Two betting on the top scorer remains quite open for much of the season and some good value bets can be obtained by shrewd punters.

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