Blackburn odds under Tony Mowbray are among League One season tips.
Blackburn odds under Tony Mowbray are among League One season tips.

League One season tips: Blackburn backed to bounce back

Blackburn odds headline League One season tips

FootyOn experts give their League One season tips ahead of the third tier kicking off, which include Blackburn odds.

Blackburn odds under Tony Mowbray are among League One season tips.

Blackburn odds under Tony Mowbray are among League One season tips.

League One is the division in English league football that experiences the most change year-on-year.

Three teams go up to the Championship, while four drop down into League Two.

Fancied duo Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers took the automatic promotion places last term, while partisan club Millwall went up via the play-offs.

Bradford City, Fleetwood Town and Scunthorpe United all missed out despite top six finishes.

At the other end, there was relegation for Chesterfield, Coventry City, Swindon Town and Port Vale.

Who is in danger of the drop this term? Are there dark horses for promotion?

Get expert opinion on all of these in our 2017/18 League One season tips…

Midfield moves make Rovers ready for recovery

Blackburn Rovers are best-price 9/2 favourites with betway to lift the third tier title.

You can also back Blackburn odds of 13/8 with the same bookie just to be promoted.

The Ewood Park outfit are fancied because of eye-catching midfield recruits made by Tony Mowbray.

The signing of Peter Whittingham makes Blackburn odds appeal among League One season tips.

The signing of Peter Whittingham makes Blackburn odds appeal among League One season tips.

Playmaker Peter Whittingham has proven he is a cut above League One, while fellow midfielders Ben Gladwin and Bradley Dack have delivered at this level before.

Add in wide support for main striker Danny Graham, a 10/1 fancy with Sky Bet to be top scorer, from Elliott Bennett and Craig Conway and there is a lot to like about Rovers.

Experienced defenders like Paul Caddis and Elliott Ward only add to their appeal, with the squads of promotion rivals lacking in certain areas.

Big ask for Bradford to repeat top six

Take Bradford City, for example. The Bantams have been knocking on the door in the promotion stakes, but must now try and get up having seen their seasoned back four dismantled.

Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe), Stephen Darby (Bolton) and James Meredith (Millwall) were all out of contract at Valley Parade and lost for nothing.

Charlton Athletic have also plundered Bradford for attacking duo Billy Clarke and Mark Marshall.

It leaves the Bantams facing a huge ask under Stuart McCall.

Wigan and Pompey placing faith in Grigg and Pitman

If recently relegated Wigan Athletic (11/4 with betway to go straight back up) and newly promoted Portsmouth (a best-price 3/1 with Sky Bet) are to reach the Championship again, then both need their star strikers to fire.

There’s a chant about exactly that sung about Latics frontman Will Grigg. He is proven at this level and 12/1 with Sky Bet to be top scorer.

You can say the same of new Pompey captain Brett Pitman, with the Jersey striker a best-price 14/1 with BetVictor to top the charts in League One.

These sides should be there or thereabouts, though, alongside BetVictor’s 2/1 top six finish chances Charlton.

Oldham and Shrews set for more struggles

At the wrong end of the table, we can expect to see Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town down in the dogfight as they head the betting.

Gillingham, Walsall and Wimbledon may also be among the strugglers, but Blackpool look underrated and may be wrongly written off in some quarters.

Like fellow promoted sides Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers, the Seasiders may do better than anticipated.

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