English League Two Football Guide
The 2012/13 League Two season looks like being one of the best ever with several top teams fighting it out for promotion. Strong favourites to go up are Rotherham and newly promoted Fleetwood, with the likes of recently relegated Chesterfield and Bristol Rovers not far behind.
League Two is the fourth tier of the English Football Betting but still attracts a good deal of interest in the bookies. It is consists of twenty four teams, each of which plays the other twenty three opponents twice a season once at home and away, meaning each League Two team plays 46 league games each season. League Two teams also play additional fixtures in the League Cup, FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
League Two is a very popular division for football betting, with the total staked on games in this division increasing by over 500% in the last seven years. Many supporters of the teams who play in League Two are taking advantage of online bookmakers offering more betting opportunities on league Two than ever before.
League Two betting is very popular amongst shrewder football punters who believe that better value bets can be found in the lower leagues. A school of thought exists amongst football punters that, with the exposure that the Premier League and Championship betting now receives the odds compilers at the online bookmakers very rarely get the odds wrong for the bigger games.
However, League Two is considered to be a little more specialist and if punters do their homework they may be able to spot a value bet as a result of the compilers missing an important bit of information. For this reason, some bookmakers don't offer odds on markets such as first goalscorer odds for League Two games. The better online bookmakers will offer a full range of betting opportunities for all League Two games.
Betting on League Two Matches
Teams in League Two are often popular selections on football accumulator bets. Throughout the season, the League Two teams who are positioned close to the top of the table and in good form will often be short prices and will form the basis of many accumulator bets along with inform teams from the other English leagues.
At the end of the season there are three automatic promotion places available in League Two, with teams finishing first, second and third gaining promotion to League One. The four teams who finish in positions fourth to seventh compete in the play-offs. The team who finished fourth plays the team in seventh place, whilst the teams who finished fifth and sixth play each other. The games take place over two legs with the team who higher finished the higher of the two sides in the league receiving home advantage in the second leg. The overall winners from each of the two games meet in the League Two play-off final at Wembley with the winner gaining promotion to League One.
Until recently, only the team who finished bottom of League Two was relegated to the Blue Square Premier, however, the team who finishes twenty third is also relegated, making way for two teams to be promoted in to the Football League from the Conference.
2012/13 League Two Teams
- Accrington Stanley
- AFC Wimbledon
- Aldershot Town
- Bradford City
- Bristol Rovers
- Burton Albion
- Cheltenham Town
- Dag & Red
- Northampton Town
- Oxford United
- Plymouth Argyle
- Port Vale
- Rotherham United
- Southend United
- Torquay United
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