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odds on the National League promotion

odds on the National League promotion

Odds on the National League promotion 2017/18

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The National Premier League will start on August and will feature 24 teams looking for a place in the League Two next season. The fifth tier in the English football is a tough one. Since only two promotion spots are awarded, there’re always teams which were relegated and didn’t performed well in the first season willing to be back. The mix between professional clubs and semi-pro ones makes this an exciting league, with a lot of surprises. Lincoln City and Forest Green got promoted last season.

Tranmere Rovers is the big candidate for a promotion. After being relegated in the 15/16 season, the team is always on the verge of bouncing back, but always fails at the end. For this season, the manager Micky Mellon, will try to build a strong squad, but so far the departures are hurting. Cole Stockton leaved after a good past season and arrived to the Scottish club Heart of Midlothian, and the center back Michael Ihiekwe will be playing for Rotherham. The permanence of the Liverpool player Jack Dunn, who was on loan the past months, can be what they need.

The other two main contendants are the relegated teams Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United. Leyton is still at transition, with no new manager still confirmed. The main idea seems to be to retain some of the players from past season whom in a lower league may shine. Leyton had one of the most expensive squads in the League Two, and although they had an awful season, this doesn’t mean that some of those players may help on this season. In lower leagues, the quality of your players is sometimes determinant, especially in longer tournaments like this one. Hartlepool is on the same boat, with most of the players leaving. It will be interesting to see how Craig Harrison builds his team. Both teams have the financial means to improve their squad for this for the coming season and will aim higher.

After being relegated the past season and almost achieves the promotion, losing in the playoffs, Dagenham & Redbridge FC is other team that can fight this year. Manager John Still will try to keep most of the players and add a few signings to enhance his team. Dan Sparkes, a left midfielder who had a great season with Torquay United has already been confirmed as a new transfer.

Aldershot Town is another team who had a great past season, reaching playoff positions. Gary Waddock did a great job, having a short squad in a long tournament with good performances is always remarkable. For this season Waddock will have to keep some of the best players, such as Bernard Mensah, and try to build a larger squad. Other teams such as Dover Athletic, Barrow, Gateshead and Macclesfield had good seasons and will try to repeat. However, this kind of teams usually loses their players more easily making it difficult to achieve consistent performances. Should any of them do this and build a slightly better team, and we can have them fighting for the playoffs.