League One 2024-25: Predictions & Betting Tips


9th August

⚽ Barnsley vs Manfield

Over 2.5 goals

10th August

⚽Wigan vs Charlton

Gassan Ahadme to score anytime

10th August

⚽ Exeter vs Rotherham

Rotherham to win

The League One season is a marathon of 46 games with two dozen teams desperately seeking promotion to the EFL Championship. The 2024-25 season promises to deliver the classic League One experience as usual – plenty of interesting games, many wonderful goals, and the traditional nail-biting race for the League One trophy.

League One 2024-25 Best Bets

League One is often a difficult division to predict. Due to the variety of teams, financial differences between clubs, and the quality of players, surprises can occur each season.

Tip 1: Barnsley vs Mansfield: Over 2.5 goals @ 3/4 (1.75)

We kick off our League One betting predictions with Barnsley vs Mansfield. Barnsley averaged 3.2 goals per game last season as they finished xxx in the League One table before missing out on promotion in the playoffs. Mansfield meanwhile won promotion from League Two scoring 90 goals in the process to contribute towards their game average of 3.0 goals per game. With those stats in mind, odds of 3/4 (1.75) feel pretty reasonable for this game going over 2.5 goals.

Tip 2: Wigan vs Charlton: Gassan Ahadme to score anytime @ Odds TBC

Charlton ended last season strongly and they've already added to their squad well this summer. One of the new faces at The Valley is Gassan Ahadme. Ahadme, who has recently joined Charlton from Ipswich, has a solid goalscoring record in the third tier with a career average of a goal every 207 minutes in the league. Last season he netted 13 goals in all competitions during a loan spell with Cambridge averaging a goal every 180 minutes. With Charlton likely to create more chances than his former loan side, we expect a big goal output from the 23-year-old this season – starting here.

Tip 3: Exeter vs Rotherham: Rotherham to win @ 13/10 (2.30)

Rotherham suffered relegation from the Championship last season but they're usually a big hit in the third tier and we're backing them to make a winning start to their League One campaign. Exeter are hardly world beaters either; they finished 13th last season and have lost their last two head to head matches against Rotherham making these odds look very attractive.

Which team will win League One? The odds for League One betting markets are subject to change depending on results and sportsbook offers. Before placing your bet on one of these markets, double-check the odds with your preferred bookie.

When betting on League One, just like most leagues in Europe, there are many bookies you can go through. However, we would recommend you took advantage of the bet365 bonus code or the William Hill promo code in order to get off on the right foot!

League One 2023-24 Season Recap

The 2023/24 League One season is officially done and dusted now. Portsmouth deservedly secured the title racking up an impressive 97 points to see off Derby County, who finished second on 92. That means there will be two big clubs back in the Championship next season. Bolton, Peterborough, Oxford and Barnsley completed the top six (in that order) with fifth placed Oxford eventually toppling Bolton at Wembley to earn promotion. Lincoln, Blackpool and Stevenage will count themselves unfortunate to have missed out on a playoff spot after battling for the top six until late in the campaign.

At the other end of the table, Carlisle finished the season bottom on just 30 points, which was some 11 points south of Port Vale. Fleetwood and Cheltenham joined them in the relegation zone after 46 games. That bottom four meant Burton, Shrewsbury and Cambridge could breathe a sigh of relief with all three of those clubs still not assured of their league status on the final day of the season.

As for the top scoring charts, Charlton's Alfie May sank 23 goals, which is a bonkers return considering his side finished in a lowly 16th. Colby Bishop inspired Pompey to the title with 21 goals as the only other player to break the much targeted 20-goal mark. Devante Cole of Barnslet and Stevenage's Jamie Reid both netted 18 goals.

League One Outright Odds

The League One season has only just ended but we already know the makeup of the division for next year and that means we can make a take a view of some of the early outright contenders. The battle at the top end is always an exciting one but after Ipswich and Plymouth both went up and stayed up last season (on in the former cases went back to back to the Premier League) the desire to make the step up will perhaps be all the more appealing in 2024/25. Here are a few of our way to early tips:

  • Rotherham – The Millers crashed and burned in the Championship last season but are regularly a big threat at League One level
  • Bolton – Bolton narrowly missed out on the automatic promotion places this season and then suffered Wembley heartbreak in the playoffs; they will be there or there abouts in 2025
  • Wrexham – It would be quite the script if the Hollywood owned Wrexham could make it three promotions on the bounce but momentum is a big thing in sport and the Welsh side are likely to invest heavily again
  • Peterborough – The Posh had another nearly season as they again lost out in the playoffs but providing they keep their squad together they'll be right in the mix again next season

Relegation Odds

Whilst promotion is the ambition for a big chunk of teams in League One, the reality is that some are more likely to spend their time glancing over their shoulders as they purely attempt to stay in the division. With four relegation spots to avoid, this is arguably the hardest league in the EFL to survive in too.

  • Stockport – Stockport topped League Two last season with the best attack and the second best backline but the step up will be tough for them. Survival would be a great season.
  • Mansfield – Rinse and repeat what we said above. Mansfield are likely to be in for a long season after finishing third in the fourth tier last year
  • Burton – Burton kept their heads above water last season staying up with just two points to spare but they had the worst form in the division over the last 10 games, which has to be a concern
  • Cambridge – Like Burton, Cambridge only narrowly avoided the drop last season and their form towards the backend of the season was weak. Throw into the mix that their Player of the Season was a loan player and danger could await

Top Goalscorer Odds

Unless they get moves in the summer transfer window, a fair few of the League One hotshots will remain for next season meaning we'll have plenty of good goalscorers to drool over. Throw into the mix the relegated sides coming down, some high scoring teams coming up and some likely transfers coming in and there will be plenty of talent to pick from. One name we won't include though is Devante Cole; he's surprisingly been released by Barnsley so may or may not be back at this level next year. Here are a few who might feature in the Golden Boot race:

  • Alfie May
  • Dion Charles
  • Paul Mullin
  • Jonson Clarke-Harris
  • Jordan Rhodes

The odds were provided by Bet365 and were correct at the time of publication.

You can also check out our article Football Betting Tips Today, which contains the best League One tip of the day.

League One Betting Markets

League One is a fun division to follow as it feels like any given matchday, teams are beatable. The campaign is a marathon 46 games with the top two teams promoted automatically to the EFL Championship. The four next best clubs then compete in the League One playoffs with the final taking place at Wembley Stadium.

The full season offers a number of betting opportunities whether you want to wager on individual matches, goalscorers or make an outright League One winners bet. The most convenient way to bet on League One matches is to place a match-winner (1X2) bet pre-game. The bet allows you to wager on the team you believe will win the fixture at full-time.

If you are unsure about which team to wager on pre-match, you can always wager on the fixture in-play. The in-play betting feature is one of the most popular in online betting. It allows you to watch the opening part of a match before wagering on the team you believe will win, the player that you predict will score, or any one of a variety of different markets. The great thing about in-play betting is that it lets you watch the game and see how it unfolds before betting. Certain online sportsbooks improve the betting experience allowing you to watch live match streams.

Of course, accumulator bets are some of the most fun you can have for a little amount of money. An accumulator allows you to make several selections to one bet, and wager on all of the selections simultaneously. If each result occurs, then your bet wins.

League One Best Bookies

Bet365 is considered the premier football betting website. Thanks to its extensive range of markets on League One, you cannot go wrong opening an account with the giant of sports betting. You can receive an accumulator bet bonus with Bet365 on selected matches.

William Hill is another popular League One bookie. Customers tend to stick with William Hill thanks to its customer service and long history in the sports betting industry. William Hill offers competitive odds for League One football when placing bets.

PaddyPower offers new customers a host of incentives to open an account. From competitive odds to free bets to no-risk bets, PaddyPowers promotions are second to none in football betting.

League One Betting 2024-25

: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which team became League One champions last season?

A: Portsmouth topped the table with 97 points

Q: Which team is considered the most likely League One champion this year?

A: Last season's beaten playoff finalists Bolton will hope to be there or there abouts whilst the relegated sides, particularly Rotherham, will be aiming for an instant return to the second tier. Don't overlook newly promoted Wrexham either.

Q: Where can I get uptotheminute information on League One teams, matches, and standings?

A: Check out the official League One website for the latest information: https://www.efl.com/clubs-and-competitions/sky-bet-league-one/.

Q: How many games would each team have to play in League One?

A: Every season in League One the schedule is the same – each team plays a total of 46 games against the rest of the teams with 138 points up for grabs.

Q: Which team has the most League One titles?

A: Wigan Athletic has won League One on three occasions – in the 2015/16, 2017/2018, and the 2021/22 seasons.

Q: Which teams are new to League One this season?

A: Rotherham, Huddersfield and Birmingham were relegated from the Championship with Stockport, Wrexham, Mansfield and either Crewe or Crawley will join from League Two.

last update : July 2024

Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.