With another international break on the horizon, what better time to take stock and analyse the outright markets in the Football League. We’ve taken a look at the latest Betfred Odds for League One and assessed if there is any value to be had.

League 1 Winner Odds

  • Portsmouth – 9/4
  • Oxford – 5/2
  • Derby – 7/1
  • Bolton – 7/1
  • Peterborough – 8/1
  • Barnsley – 10/1

The League One winner market looks wide open, with as many as six clubs 10/1 or under in the betting.

Portsmouth – 9/4

The only unbeaten side left in the competition, could this finally be the year when Pompey play up and get back into the second tier?

John Mousinho is doing a wonderful job in his first managerial position and has maintained the form that saw the club finish 11 games unbeaten at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Portsmouth started the season with a disappointing three draws from their opening five games but things have quickly clicked into gear and the Fratton Park club have won their last five-straight games, to sit top of the league and six points clear of the automatic promotion chasers.

Could Pompey return to the second tier for the first time since 2012? I certainly wouldn’t bet against it.

Oxford – 5/2

Oxford United started their season in the worst possible way, losing 2-0 away to the other famous university city Cambridge.

Liam Manning’s side have responded magnificently since then, winning nine of their last 10 games to fly up to 2nd spot in the table.

The U’s are the second highest scorers in the division and have also conceded the second fewest goals – a heady cocktail indeed.

Oxford have a game in hand on Pompey and are only a point behind so you could easily consider them as the favourites to go up as champions.

Derby – 7/1

Derby County have had a really mixed start to the season, despite being one of the pre-season favourites for promotion.

Yes, the Rams are on a five-game unbeaten streak but they have drawn three of those games and regular stalemates at this level are not a good combination for a team intent on winning the league.

Paul Warne will be under the impression that the teams form is changing round but they have to start stringing together regular wins, or they will find themselves out of the play-off battle and with no chance of automatic promotion.

I wouldn’t fancy backing County at these odds to pick up the title.

Bolton – 7/1

Another of the pre-season favs, Bolton are another side that have been inconsistent to say the least.

Ian Evatt’s charges opened the season with three-straight wins and then followed that up with an unforgivable 4-0 loss at home to their bitter rivals, Wigan.

A 3-1 loss at home to Carlisle last time out simply wasn’t good enough and as popular as Evatt is, if he doesn’t take up the Trotters this time, he could be shown the door.

Again these odds seem short for a side with such obvious defensive frailties.

Peterborough – 8/1

Yet another side with a mixed record, Posh opened with three-straight victories and then followed it with three-straight losses.

Darren Ferguson’s outfit are on a six-game unbeaten streak but alas, three of those have been draws.

Nevertheless United sit in 4th in the league and have had plenty of experience in promotion campaigns in recent years.

And in Jonson Clarke-Harris, they have a proven commodity at this level and potential goals by the bundle.

Barnsley – 10/1

Last, but not least, are the South Yorkshire side Barnsley, who despite sitting in 3rd spot, are unfancied at 10/1 to win the division.

One of the reasons for that has been their inability to win games in front of their home support, losing four of six games at Oakwell.

Their away form has been superb, however and Neill Collins’ side are a threat to any team on the road.

The Tykes have only drawn one game and either win or lose, which is not a bad way to do it in a promotion campaign.

They are the leading scorers in the division and I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from having a little nibble on them at 10/1.

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