There is a full round of League One fixtures on Saturday with all 24 teams involved on the opening day of the new season in the third tier of English football.
Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham and Wycombe all dropped down from the Championship and Cheltenham Town, Cambridge United, Bolton Wanderers and Morecambe won promotion from League Two.
With the likes of Sunderland, Charlton and Ipswich also looking to end their spells in League One, the division could be particularly competitive this season and we’ve put together a 24/1 five-team accumulator for the opening round of fixtures.
League One Accumulator Tip
Crewe vs Cheltenham Town
Crewe to win at 10/11 – ⭐⭐⭐
Crewe take on League Two winners Cheltenham Town in their season opener and the Railwaymen can open their account with all three points.
It was a great achievement for Cheltenham to win promotion but it will be a far bigger accomplishment if they can stay up. The Robins haven’t made any significant signings over the summer, and look prime candidates for the drop.
Crewe were solid at Gresty Road last season with 10 wins, seven draws and six defeats, and they should be able to overcome their opponents with home advantage on Saturday.
Fleetwood vs Portsmouth
Portsmouth to win at 13/10 – ⭐⭐⭐
Portsmouth were far better on their travels than they were at Fratton Park last season and we think they can open the new season with a victory at Fleetwood.
Pompey won 12 of their 23 away games, with seven defeats and four draws, and they won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season.
The Cod Army have recruited well over the summer and have a good manager in Simon Grayson, but Portsmouth will feel they have the quality to challenge for promotion and perhaps the title and we feel they can open the new season with a win.
Ipswich Town v Morecambe
Ipswich to win at 8/13 – ⭐⭐⭐
Ipswich came in a disappointing ninth last season but have made some big moves in the summer transfer window and the Tractor Boys can make a statement of intent against promoted Morecambe.
Morecambe are the favourites to go down and after failing to really strengthen their squad over the summer it is easy to see why.
Ipswich look like serious title contenders this season in what will be Paul Cook’s first full season in charge, and we’re expecting a convincing home win at Portman Road.
Rotherham United vs Plymouth Argyle
Rotherham to win at 5/6 – ⭐⭐⭐
Rotherham dropped down from the Championship last season but look well placed to mount a bid for an immediate return.
A home game against Plymouth looks like a great opportunity for the Millers to open their account with all three points.
The Pilgrims were woeful travellers last season, losing 13 of their away games and registering just three wins in 23 attempts, and anything other than a Rotherham win would be a surprise here.
Wycombe Wanderers vs Accrington Stanley
Wycombe to win at 10/11 – ⭐⭐⭐
Relegated Wycombe host Accrington Stanley and we fancy a home win in this fixture.
The Wanderers won three of their final four games last season as they very nearly pulled off a great escape and their relegation doesn’t appear to have had a huge impact on confidence after three wins and a draw in four pre-season games.
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Bolton Wanderers vs MK Dons
Bolton Wanderers to win at 13/10 – ⭐⭐
Bolton secured promotion from League Two last season after one year in the fourth tier and they open the new campaign with a home game against MK Dons.
The Dons finished comfortably in mid-table last term and could be in the mix for promotion this year, but they were far stronger at home than they were on their travels.
MK Dons lost 11 of their 23 away games last year and with Bolton still buoyant after a promotion campaign we’re siding with the hosts in this one.
Cambridge United vs Oxford United
Oxford to win at 1/1 – ⭐⭐
Cambridge came in second in League Two last term and survival will be their main priority now they have moved up a division.
Cambridge may have enough about them to survive, especially after a productive summer window, but we’re expecting them to fall short against Oxford in their season opener.
Oxford reached the play-offs last season and should be able to mount another promotion bid, and we feel they can make the perfect start with a victory at the Abbey Stadium.
Doncaster v Wimbledon
Wimbledon double chance (win or draw) at 8/11 – ⭐⭐
Wimbledon finished just six points clear of the drop zone last season and are now missing the goals of Joe Pigott after his summer move to Ipswich.
The Dons are likely to be involved in the battle against relegation again this term, but they may be good for a point at Doncaster in their season opener.
Donny were woeful towards the end of last season with just one win in their final six games, with four defeats and one draw – and they lost their final five home matches.
We’re backing Wimbledon in the double chance market as they were beaten just once in their final eight matches last season.
Gillingham vs Lincoln City
Lincoln to win at 11/8 – ⭐⭐
Lincoln City reached the League One play-offs last season and may be contenders for promotion again this term under the guidance of Michael Appleton.
The Imps had the best away record in the division last season and can hit the ground running with three points at Gillingham.
Shrewsbury Town vs Burton Albion
Draw at 9/4 – ⭐⭐
Shrewsbury Town and Burton finished in 17th and 16th place respectively last season we’re expecting a season-opening stalemate between two evenly matched sides.
The Shrews drew 15 of their 46 games last season and Burton had 12 draws, and this fixture looks a real candidate to finish honours even.
Sunderland vs Wigan
Wigan double chance (win or draw) at 4/5 – ⭐⭐
Sunderland are gearing up for their fourth season in the third tier and they face a tough opener against likely promotion rivals Wigan this weekend.
The Latics finished just one point clear of the relegation zone last term but have made some bold moves over the summer, including the signings of forwards Max Power and Charlie Wyke from Sunderland.
The Black Cats’ home form was their undoing last season as they picked up just 35 of their 77 points at the Stadium of Light and we feel a Wigan or draw result in the double chance market has a real chance in this meeting.
Charlton Athletic vs Sheffield Wednesday
Charlton to win at 6/4 – ⭐⭐
Sheffield Wednesday have been handed an incredibly tough opener after being relegated last term as they head to Charlton in the first round of fixtures.
There have been 23 players who have departed Hillsborough since Wednesday were relegated at the end of last season, and it may take some time for them to build chemistry again.
There have been plenty of exits at Charlton too but the Addicks have also recruited well and we feel they can just edge this tie against a Wednesday outfit who could take a while to bounce back after an incredibly tough season last time out.
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