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Sunderland v Charlton Athletic Betting Preview – League 1 August 4

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The 49,000-seater Stadium Of Light has staged England internationals but never League 1 football. But, after back-to-back relegations, Mackems' fans are facing a reality check as their team begin life in the third tier against Charlton Athletic, who should provide a stiff test having reached the play-offs last season.

Sunderland News

New Sunderland owners have brought in the SFA's Manager Of The Year Jack Ross to replace the sacked Chris Coleman and he's brought in several players with League 1 experience and others who have played at a higher level to ensure the Black Cats are promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking. Goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin and centre-back Glenn Loovens both played in the Championship last season with Burton and Sheffield Wednesday respectively. Another former Owl, Chris Maguire, will be asked to provide the craft in midfield where he will alongside new skipper George Honeyman. Charlie Wyke returns to the north-east having been top scorer at Bradford last season and he'll be expected to score the goals. Sunderland's financial clout could see them storm League 1 as Wigan and Blackburn did last season but owners and manager will need to turnaround several seasons of downturn and it may not happen immediately.

Charlton News

The Addicks' final 10 games of last season saw a return of 19 points and they crept into the top six only to lose both legs of their play-off semi-final with Shrewsbury. Lee Bowyer has now had a whole summer to re-evaluate his squad and has found a younger like-for-like replacement for the now-departed Josh Magennis in the shape of Lyle Taylor, top scorer last season with AFC Wimbledon. The experienced Darren Pratley has been brought in to partner Jake Forster-Caskey in midfield but the Londoners will be hit hard by the loss of Ben Amos, Jay Dasilva and Sullay Kaikai, who have all returned to their parent clubs. Centre-half Ezri Konsa has moved to Brentford and Ahmed Kashi has also left so it may be a while Charlton find the right formula this term.

Sunderland v Charlton Head-to-Heads

There have been few previous meetings between these two sides but Charlton did the double over Sunderland when they met in the Premier League in 2005.

Sunderland v Charlton Current Best Odds

Sunderland 19/20 Draw 5/2 Charlton 18/5 (Odds Correct at 3.15pm August 3rd)

Sunderland v Charlton Predictions

An early win for Sunderland in League 1 is important to get their long-suffering fans back on board after the trauma of the last two seasons, even though it's not so vital in the grand scheme of things. It will take a while for Charlie Wyke to get on the same wavelengths as his new team-mates and Charlton proved hard to beat under Bowyer at the end of last season. BetVictor are among several bookmakers offering 5/2 that this opening game in the league ends in a draw and they are also best odds about a Sunderland win. Under 2.5 Total Goals may also be a decent bet at 6/5 with BetVictor.

League 2 Play-Offs Odds and Preview – Football Betting

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So we arrive at that time of year when the hard work over 46 games can be thrown away with one moment of indecision or indiscipline. Down the years, the lottery of promotion has been determined in the most unlikely of scenarios. Even as far down the scale as League 2 and the National League, promotion can be a life-saver and revive club's fortunes and fans of COVENTRY CITY are probably still pinching themselves that their team is involved in the play-offs.

The Sky Blues finished sixth in League 2 and it's the first time in almost 50 years that thy have finished in the top six of any division. It's only the fourth time that they've finished in the top 10 since winning the FA Cup 31 years ago, though 31 of the last 49 years have been spent in the top flight so fans have less to complain about than most other teams in League 2.

Mark Robins is in his second spell as Coventry manager and is looking to lead his side back to the third tier at the first time of asking. Promotion would halt the downward spiral which has enveloped the club in the last few years but the League 2 play-offs really do look almost too close to call.

All the teams finished the regular season in similar form and only five points separated fourth from seventh in the final reckoning. Coventry are a best 5/2 with BetVictor, the same odds as LINCOLN CITY. You won't get bigger than the 10/3 with Betfred about NOTTS COUNTY. EXETER CITY, who accumulated more points than their three rivals, are a general 3/1. The Grecians won most games of the quartet (24). Coventry lost 15 times in the regular season, one more than Exeter. (Odds correct at 10.00am May 9)

Looking at the profile of Lincoln City, you would have to say that, if any team were equipped for play-off success, it would be the Imps. As a National League side, they reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last year. They won the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley earlier this year in their first season back in the EFL and there was almost an air of inevitably that they would make the play-offs. That said, they were involved in the same in League 2 five years in succession between 2003 and 2007 but failed to progress.

Lincoln took a while to adjust to the demands of League 2 football at the start of the season and that probably cost them a chance of automatic promotion. But they have goals in them and can batten down the hatches when required. Notts County and Exeter are both capable of off-days in defence and Coventry may not have the mental toughness for three make-or-break matches in succession so the Imps look the best bet in the League 2 play-offs, though would need to strengthen and refine their style of play to hold their own at a higher level if successful.


Scunthorpe United v Plymouth Argyle Betting Preview – League 1 May 1

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The final two play-off places in League 1 this season rests between three teams and both Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle know victory at Glanford Park in their penultimate match with keep alive their hopes of Championship football next season. United are currently two points ahead of their opponents so are in pole position, though this is a game they dare not lose.

Scunthorpe Form

The Iron suffered a mid-season blip which cost manager Graham Alexander his job been they've staged a recovery under interim manager Nicky Daws and are on a three-game winning streak. Those victories were all achieved without conceding a goal but they have struggled to score goals at home lately, dropping unexpected points since the turn of the year against relegation-threatened sides like Oldham, Rochdale and Northampton. Given there is so much at stake in their clash with Argyle, it is unlikely that United will go gung-ho in their attempt to secure the win that would ensure their play-off place as this is a match that the visitors realistically have to take three points from if they are to keep their fate in their own hands. There have only been 10 goals in Scunthorpe's last six matches with Daws believing a solid defence is the keystone to success and under 2.5 Total Goals is 10/11 with Betfred - a tight match is envisaged.

Plymouth Form

The Pilgrims have done remarkably well to find themselves in the position they are in as they looked dead and buried at the onset of winter after a terrible start to their first season back in League 1. Disciplinary problems blighted them at the srat of the campaign and they rarely finished a match with a full compliment of players but Derek Adams read the riot act and the board kept faith with the Scot to turn things around. He's done that is spectacular fashion and in Graham Carey they have a goalscoring midfielder who is probably capable of playing at a higher level. However, all that effort has begun to take its toll. They have taken just one point from a possible six in recent away games at Northampton and Rochdale, though their home form has remained strong and they beat fourth-placed Rotherham at the weekend. Just getting a positive result at Scunthorpe will not be easy, however, and a win (a general 7/2) looks a big ask given they will have to go again at Gillingham on Saturday, regardless of tonight's outcome.

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Head-to-Heads

Scunthorpe won 4-0 at Home Park back in August and have now won their last four meetings with Plymouth. There have been no draws between the two sides in their last eight meetings, with Argyle only winning two.

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Current Best Odds

Scunthorpe 5/6, Draw 11/4, Plymouth 7/2 (Odds correct at 1.40pm April 30)

Scunthorpe v Plymouth Predictions

Though draws have been rare between these sides in modern times, a point would probably suit the home side and Plymouth have not been at their best on their travels lately. Betvictor are offering 11/4 that this crucial match ends all-square and have priced up a 1-1 correct score at 13/2.

Next Southampton Manager Odds – Football Betting

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If reports, and the betting, are to be believed then it's a two-horse race to replace Mauricio Pellegrino at Southampton manager. The Saints are sinking faster than a stool pigeon in a concrete overcoat having won just one of their last 17 matches in the Premier League. Saturday's comprehensive defeat at relegation rivals Newcastle United was the final straw for Southampton's owners, who are looking at a major loss of revenue if the south coast club slip back into the Championship. But some are questioning whether it was the right time to sack their Argentinian coach. There is no opportunity for any new manager to refresh the squad and the 'go-to' manager when Premier League teams are in trouble - Sam Allardyce - already has a job. Of course, it's not too late to stop the rot but other sides near the bottom are grinding out results and, if there isn't immediate improvement, the fat lady will soon be exercising her vocal chords. Mark Hughes is the man most Saints' fans seem to want to arrest their slide. The former Stoke and Manchester City played more than 50 games for Southampton in a two-year spell at the club at the end of his playing career. He's also managed Blackburn, Fulham and QPR and is available - you don't want to have to pay another club compensation if you're about to lose a big chunk of cash. The Welshman is only a best 1/5 with BetVictor to be the Next Southampton Manager and the same firm are best odds on the only other man at single figure odds - Marco Silva. Sacked by Watford when he was linked with the Everton job earlier this season, the Portuguese coach has experience of a Premier League battle having almost managed to save Hull City last season. He's been linked with Southampton since their poor run began but has now been usurped in the betting by Hughes. Slaven Bilic, sacked by West Ham in November, and another former Saints favourite, Gordon Strachan, have also been introduced into the betting by BetVictor while Graham Potter, who masterminded a Europa League second-leg victory over Arsenal with Swedish minnows Ostersunds, is 16/1.

Next Southampton Manager BetVictor Odds

Mark Hughes 1/5, Marco Silva 4/1, Eddie Howe and Gordon Strachan 10/1, Thomas Tuchel 14/1, Slaven Bilic and Graham Potter 16/1, Kelvin Davis 20/1

Next Leeds Manager Betting – Football Odds

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I am old enough to remember there being outrage when Leeds United sacked Brian Clough after just 44 days in charge. 'Cloughie' had gone into Elland Road determined to erase the legacy and playing style of the much-loved Don Revie but was ousted by player power. Ironically, that great Leeds team of the Seventies broke up shortly after and, though staging a revival in the Nineties, the West Yorkshire club seem to have found their natural level again in the Championship, though not one United fan would agree with that statement. Nowadays, it's more likely the club's owner, rather than the players, will swing the axe and that's just what Andrea Radrizzani has done to Thomas Christiansen. The Dane only signed a two-year contract last June but he's become the seventh coach in four years to lose his job. Leeds were top of the table at the start of the season but have lost five of their seven matches since winning on Boxing Day and have slipped out of play-off contention. Heaven forbid, an experienced manager should be given time to turn things around, instead the owner will look for a quick appointment in the hope that a new face can spark a revival. Ironically, former manager Simon Grayson is believed to be on the Leeds' short-list. He was in charge for four years until 2012 and there have been 10 different rear ends in the hot seat since. Grayson, sacked by Sunderland in October after a successful spell at Preston, is 5/1 with BetVictor to be Next Leeds Manager but it may be significant that Steve McClaren was in the VIP box at Elland Road on Saturday to watch the death throes of Christiansen in a 4-1 defeat by Cardiff. McClaren's managerial career hasn't had many highlights since he was sacked by England, however, and United's directors might wish for a younger coach. Paul Heckingbottom (8/1 with BetVictor) has done a sterling job on limited resources at Barnsley and may fancy his chances of more success with a bigger budget. But he's just signed a new rolling contract at Oakwell so wouldn't come cheap. Gordon Strachan would be a popular choice given he's now out of work after ending his association with the Scotland squad. He's a club legend and is now only a best 2/1, at the time of writing, to return to Elland Road. But, realistically, he'd be performing miracles if he could get United back into the top six before the end of the season and who knows if that would be construed as failure by the club's eccentric hierarchy.

Next Leeds Manager BetVictor Odds

Steve McClaren Evens, Gordon Strachan 2/1, Simon Grayson 5/1, Marco Silva 7/1, Paul Heckingbottom and Paul Clement 8/1, Jaap Stam 10/1, Nigel Pearson and Juande Ramos 16/1, Fernando Hierro, Frank De Boer and Mick McCarthy 25/1

Next Rangers Manager Odds – Football Betting

Manager Alex McLeish
So what will be the brief of the new Rangers manager, whoever it may be? Will it be to restore parity with their Glasgow arch-rivals Celtic, who are so far ahead of everyone else in Scotland at present that the situation is bordering on ridiculous? Or maybe ambitions are more realistic. It didn't take long for the Gers to clamber their way back to the top flight in Scotland following the calamitous reign of Craig Whyte. Unpaid tax bills, administration and ultimately liquidation saw the once-proud Ibrox club demoted to the lowest level of the professional game in Scotland. But to say everything is now rosy with the blue half of Glasgow would be putting an unwarranted gloss on the current state of affairs. The fact of the matter is that Rangers would probably go bust again if they tried to match Celtic's spending. The Hoops have had their coffers boosted again by reaching the group stages of the Champions League and, though they are likely to go much further, that should ensure dominance of the Scottish Premiership for another few years. In a city in which there is much more at stake in local derbies other than three points, Rangers' fans can barely contain their frustration at their team's failure to mount a significant title challenge and a League Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Motherwell, who denied another crack at their near-neighbours, was one disappointment too far, leading to the sacking of Pedro Caixinha. Graeme Murty is in temporary charge and oversaw a 3-1 victory over Hearts in his first match but the former Reading defender is 16/1 with Betvictor to be appointed full-time manager. He would be the cheap option and Rangers are hardly flush with cash but he has very little experience at the top level. Derek McInnes is only a best 4/6 to move from Aberdeen to Ibrox. However, the former Rangers defender would not be a universally popular choice. Though he's done a good job at Aberdeen, he hasn't really managed to disturb Celtic's dominance of Scottish football and has only won one trophy. He is also contracted until 2020 and turned down the Sunderland job in the summer, though that probably indicated sound judgement. Alex Neil, Ally McCoist and Billy Davies are all 25/1 with Betvictor as Rangers seek a manager with an in-depth knowledge of Scottish football but for that reason they won't be pursuing Michel Preudhomme (only 5/1), who has been offered a job at Mechelen in his native Belgium in any case. Familiar names Alex McLeish and Walter Smith are other names near the head of the betting.

Rangers Next Permanent Manager Betvictor Odds

Derek McInnes 4/7, Alex McLeish and Walter Smith 6/1, Graeme Murty and Alan Pardew 16/1, Steven Pressley, Ian Cathro, Gary McAllister, Joe Jordam, Ricky Sbragia, Ally McCoist, Alex Neill and Billy Davies 25/1

Next Permanent Everton Manager Odds – Football Betting

David Moyes (Everton)
Sean Dyche is the bookmakers' early favourite to be named Next Permanent Everton Manager following the sacking of Ronald Koeman but the Burnley manager seems non-plussed by all the fuss. Dyche also seemed lukewarm to suggestions last week that he was in the running to replace Craig Shakespeare at Leicester and, with so much confusion surrounding both markets at present, there seems little value in best odds of around 9/4 (only 6/4 in a place), that Turf Moor will be swapped for Goodison Park. Though, of course, Dyche would be reunited with a familiar face on Merseyside - Burnley sold England defender Michael Keane to the Toffees in the summer. While Koeman's sacking can hardly be deemed a surprise, it probably caught the Dutchman off guard. Koeman did well at Southampton and has coached at some of Europe's top clubs. Very ambitious, he vowed to turn Everton into a major force and spent more than £150million in the summer after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. But they've had a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign and are also on the verge of an early exit from the Europa League.

Next Everton Manager Possible Contenders

Sean Dyche - Could be tempted by a bigger budget than at Burnley but underdog managerial style may not be suited by a switch to a traditionally bigger club. Ryan Giggs - Putting his name forward for most Premier League managerial jobs nowadays. Clearly keen to step up to a top job but lacks all-round experience and has never been involved in a relegation battle. David Moyes - The prodigal son would be popular among the Goodision faithful but is reportedly keen on the Scotland job and has been a disaster in stints at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland since leaving Everton first time. Sam Allardyce - Is the go-to candidate when ever a Premier League jobs comes up but doesn't seem in love with the game at the moment. David Unsworth - The U23 coach is in temporary charge and could be some value at 5/1 with Betvictor to get the post on a full-time basis. He fulfilled the role on a short-term basis when Roberto Martinez left and is popular with both supporters and board. However, he may need to convince chief investor Farhad Moshiri, who is likely to want a bigger name. Marco Silva - Doing well at Watford having made a bold effort to keep Hull up last season but would need convincing to switch to a struggling side.

Next Permanent Everton Manager Best Odds

Sean Dyche 9/4, David Unsworth 5/1, Marco Silva and Thomas Tuchel 8/1, Carlo Ancelotti 9/1, David Moyes and Sam Allardyce 12/1, Rafael Benitez 20/1, Chris Coleman, Manuel Pellegrini, Paul Fonseca and Ryan Giggs 25/1

Premier League Betting – Next Manager to Leave Post

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Everton's Ronald Koeman is now odds-on to be the Next Manager to Leave His Post in the Premier League after another lacklustre display by the Toffees at the weekend. The Dutchman witnessed his team, with Wayne Rooney left on the bench for a second successive game, lose 1-0 at home to Burnley. That was the Merseysiders' fourth defeat in seven Premier League games since the start of the season and followed hard on the heels of a disappointing display in the Europa League on Thursday, when they threw away two points against 10-man Apollon Limassol. The Premier League is now in the midst of an international break but there are some who are questioning whether Koeman will still be in charge at Goodison Park when they visit fellow strugglers Brighton on October 15 - Everton's major shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has already given Koeman the dreaded vote of confidence after a start which has been underwhelming considering the squad was expensively overhauled during the summer. Betvictor offer just 2/5 that Koeman is the next Premier League manager to go but offer best odds on others under similar pressure. West Ham's Slaven Bilic is next best in Betvictor's betting but he will have been encouraged by a late winner against Swansea on Saturday. The Swans' Paul Clement is 20/1 with Leicester's Craig Shakespeare at 12/1.

Betvictor's Odds for Next Premier League Manager to Leave Post

Ronald Koeman 2/5 Slaven Bilic 6/1 Craig Shakespeare 12/1 Roy Hodgson 14/1 Mauricio Pellegrino 20/1 Paul Clement 20/1 Eddie Howe 25/1 Mark Hughes 25/1 Rafa Benitez 25/1

EFL League Two Betting and Preview – Football Odds

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Comparative big guns Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers were all promoted from EFL League Two last season along with Blackpool, like Doncaster making an instant return to League One, and that's given the League Two title race a relatively open affair this season. Several questions needs answering. Can Coventry City arrest their alarming slide and bounce back at the first time of asking after relegation last year? The Sky Blues won the Checkatrade Trophy last season but that was small consolation to their long-suffering fans. They've made nine new signings over the summer, however, and are looking for a fresh start - certainly, a venue like the Ricoh Arena deserves better than League Two football and City can be backed at 12/1 with BetVictor to win the basement division this year. BetVictor gives new customers a great free bet offer of £30 for sports betting. Simply register and then place your first bet of min. £10 containing at least one selection with odds of 'Evens' (2.00) or higher within 10 days of opening a BetVictor account and, you will receive 3 types of bonus funds for the Sportsbook: - £10 Sports Free Bet - £10 Sports Free Bet to use on In-Play events - £10 Sports Free Bet to use on 5 folds (and greater) Additionally, there's a £10 bonus for the Casino, rounding this to a bet £10 - get £40 welcome offer. Any winnings made from a free offer will be kept by the customer but the stake will not be returned. All profit will be returned to the customer account balance. Disregard the estimate winnings with regards any free promotional bets. Luton Town have bought 20-goal Crawley striker James Collins to team up with Danny Hylton and will be hoping to avoid the agony of the play-offs this season. The Hatters are a stand-out 8/1 with bwin to win EFL League Two in the 2017/18 season with only Mansfield Town (a best 6/1) preferred by bookmakers. Steve Evans has a formidable record when it comes to getting teams promoted and the larger-than-life Scot has been predictably busy in the transfer market again on the Stags' behalf this summer, though it may take time for his new team to gel. That was a problem for Exeter City last season but Paul Tisdale's team recovered from being bottom in November to reach the play-off final and the Grecians have to go on the short-list (a best 17/1), though have lost star striker Ollie Watkins. Lincoln City reached the FA Cup quarter-finals last season as well as winning the National League (formerly the Conference). The Imps have turned Sincil Bank into a fortress and are no forlorn hope at a general 12/1 to win back-to-back titles as long as they can keep hold of talented coach Danny Cowley. Forest Green, the UK's most environmentally-conscious professional club, are 33/1 with BetVictor to win League Two at the first attempt - but will the lack of meat pies put off visiting fans in the coming months? Most bookmakers are offering each-way betting at one quarter odds for teams to finish in the first three. Cash-strapped Morecambe are the early favourite for relegation at 9/4 with Crawley Town and Newport County also expected to struggle.

EFL League Two Winners Current Best Odds

Mansfield Town            6/1 Luton Town                   8/1 Lincoln City                  12/1 Coventry City               12/1 Swindon Town             14/1 Exeter City                    17/1 Carlisle United             20/1 Cambridge United       20/1 Notts County                 22/1 Chesterfield                   25/1 Colchester United        25/1 Wycombe Wanderers  30/1 Forest Green Rovers    33/1 Port Vale                      33/1 Accrington Stanley       33/1 Stevenage                     33/1 Grimsby Town               40/1 Crewe Alexandra           45/1 Cheltenham Town         50/1 Barnet                           66/1 Yeovil Town                    66/1 Newport County           100/1 Crawley Town               150/1 Morecambe                   250/1