League Two Playoffs betting odds & preview

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Our League Two Playoffs betting odds preview takes a look at the four teams who have fought their way to a chance of earning promotion.

As usual, there was a tight battle in League Two for the four playoff spots and it was Morecambe, Newport, Forest Green and Tranmere who got them.

We take a look at the form of the four teams who are in the mix, as well as take a preview over the semi finals draw for League Two Playoffs betting.

League Two Playoffs betting odds – To Win The Playoffs

Morecambe 5/2
Newport County 13/5
Forest Green 11/4
Tranmere 11/4
* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365)

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Final Standings: 4th, 78pts

Morecambe do look like being the ones to beat in League Two Playoffs betting as they are the 5/2 favourites* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365).

They closed out the regular season in fine style as they won 5 of their last 6.

The Shrimpers had a chance of automatic promotion on the final day. They were denied by Bolton winning their final game.

So it was a strong fourth-place finish for Morecambe, who finished 5 points clear of the rest of those in the playoffs.

Morecambe won 23 regular-season league games, which was three more than anyone else heading to the playoffs.

They also finished the season as the third-highest scorers in the division. They have a big chance of moving up if they handle the pressure.


Final Standings: 5th, 73 pts

The Exiles have been a solid unit all season and put in a strong, consistent end-of-season run together.

Newport are unbeaten in their last five games (W3 D2) and are just going to be hard to knock down.

They had an excellent season on home turf and in their last home game of the regular season beat eventual champions Cheltenham.

Newport head to the playoff semi finals and they do so having taken the best goal difference of the four teams from the regular season.

Forest Green

Final Standings: 6th, 73 pts

Forest Green really held their nerve at the end of the season to win their final two games of the campaign.

There was a tight scrap to make it to the playoffs, with several teams involved right down to the wire.

Forest Green pulled through with an important win at home over Tranmere (who are also going to the playoffs) before winning at Oldham.

The Gloucestershire carry through some good form with them to the League Two playoffs, where they will go up against Newport in the semi finals.


Final Standings: 7th 73 pts

Even though Tranmere couldn’t win any of their last two games of the season (D1 L1) they got across the line.

That was through a point on the final day of the season against Colchester and other results going their way.

So it was a tight squeeze at the finish. But they are in it and they finished the season with the exact same record as Newport and Forest Green of W20 D13 L13.

But they have a tough draw in the League Two Playoffs as they have to face the in-form favourites, Morecambe, in the playoffs.

With Tranmere winning only two of their last six games of the season, it’s debatable as to whether or not they are in good enough form to win out.

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League Two Playoffs Betting – Dates

First Leg:
18th May – Newport v Forest Green Rovers
20th May – Tranmere Rovers v Morecambe

Second Leg:
23rd May – Morecambe v Tranmere Rovers
23rd May – Forest Green Rovers v Newport County

Final: May 31st

Newport v Forest Green

This looks like a tight one. Newport are 7/5 to win the first leg of this semi-final draw* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365).

They did have a good season on home soil, returning fixtures of W13 D5 L5 in their campaign.

Newport closed out the season with a three-match winning streak at home, each of those successes coming with a clean sheet.

The best was a 1-0 win over champions Cheltenham (who at the time were still trying to secure top spot).

Defensive strength has been a big part of Newport’s season. They have four clean sheets in their last five games.

They conceded at an average of just 0.75 goals per home game, taking a clean sheet in 43% of fixtures.

Forest Green are looking for their third straight win. They finished the regular season well.

From their six games against the other top-seven finishers this season, Forest Green posted a W3 L3 record.

In that, they claimed a 2-0 win at Newport, drawing their home game against them.

Forest Green have lost one of their last six league games only and have three clean sheets in their last five.

Newport v Forest Green League Two Playoffs Betting Odds

Newport 7/5, Draw 11/5, Forest Green 21/10
* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365)

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Tranmere v Morecambe

Tranmere definitely got the toughest playoff draw that they could have received. They take on the in-form Morecambe.

But Tranmere are 11/8 to win the first leg at home on Thursday* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365).

Tranmere finished the season with a W11 D5 L7 record at home in League Two.

They are undefeated in six on home turf, keeping a clean sheet in each of their last three there. Home and away Tranmere have taken 5 clean sheets in their last 7.

Morecambe claimed a 1-0 win at Tranmere earlier this season but lost at home against them.

But The Shrimpers go to the League Two Playoffs as the big form team with a W5 L1 record in their last six.

The loss in that sequence was against Bolton, who just beat them to the final automatic promotion spot.

Morecambe’s last three league wins were all with a clean sheet.

One slight question mark over their chances will be their lack of form against the other top seven this season.

Morecambe went W3 D2 L7 from their dozen matches against the rest of the top seven.

Even with their big form behind them, they are the 21/10 underdogs in the first leg of League Two Playoffs betting* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365).

Tranmere v Morecambe League Two Playoffs Betting

Tranmere 11/8, Morecambe 21/10, Draw 23/10
* (odds recorded at 01:53 GMT on May 17th, 2021 at bet365)