League Two is set to get underway this weekend on August 5th and although all the attention may be on the Hollywood stars at Wrexham, there’s once again a whole host of teams desperate to hold onto their Football League status.
With only two teams going down, it can be tough to predict who will fall out of the EFL, especially given the strength and success of the promoted sides from the National League. With Wrexham and Notts County both likely to be challenging for the automatic spots this term, it leaves more League Two teams looking over their shoulders at those bottom two places.
Crawley Town to be relegated at 2/1
There’s a whole load to be worried about for Crawley Town. Their experiment to be ‘the Internet’s team’ has massively backfired and after a 22nd place finish last term, they don’t look to have improved. This summer Ashley Nadesan departed for Gillingham, James Tilley left for AFC Wimbledon and Jack Powell has gone to Crewe.
For a squad that was hardly top notch last term to lose three or four of their best players over the course of two summers has now put them at serious risk of the drop. Scott Lindsey is the current manager in charge, but his recruitment this summer has been almost entirely from non-league, aside from Liam Kelly from Rochdale.
That leaves a lot of question marks as to whether they are capable of performing at this level. The fans do seem to like Lindsey and believe in his principles, however the Crawley faithful are now expecting a season of struggle, amid protests against their owners.
Now Crawley fans are simply desperate to find some change and despite boasting the talents of Dom Telford up front, this is going to be a long slog of a season for the Red Devils. The 2/1 favourites tag on them to be relegated may not seem exciting, but it’s about right.
Morecambe to be relegated at 7/2
Our other selection features a side that were playing League One football last term. That may seem like a stark drop, but teams such as Chesterfield have suffered the ignominy of double relegation in recent years. Added to this, the four relegated sides from League One last term finished between 13th and 21st, with a clear contrast between those sides coming down into League Two, and those coming up.
Our pick for the second relegation spot is Morecambe. A club that has seemingly run out of money, the owners are searching for a new owner to sell to but with no luck so far. Bond Group, the current owners, have said they can afford to fund the club for this season, but there has been a worrying summer exodus as a result of the financial woes.
Almost their entire team from last season has departed, including goalscoring sensation Cole Stockton and it’s difficult to see how they will score many goals this term. They’ve signed solid centre-back Chris Stokes and manager Derek Adams is a huge positive, but it feels as though he could, and probably should, walk away at any given moment.
It’s going to be a rough season at the seaside, and they could soon lose their EFL status.