The England League One or the English Football League One is the second-highest division in English Football League and is the third tier of the English football pyramid behind the Premier League and English Football League Championship.
The first League One season was in 2004 and it before the advent of the Premier League, this competition was known for a long time as Football League Third Division from 1992-2004, its predecessor was called the Football League Second Division.
Currently, there are a total of 24 clubs that play in the English League One. Each team plays the other teams twice during the season with one game played at home and the other away. Three points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and no points for a defeat. At the end of the season, the final League One table is released, ranking teams in the order of points first, then goal difference followed by goals scored, an aggregate of the results of two or more clubs and a series of one or more playoff matches.
Promotion and Relegation
The top two clubs on top of the final table along with the winner of the playoff between teams ranked 3rd to 6th will earn promotion to the EFL Championship and are replaced by the bottom three teams from that higher division. Likewise, the bottom four teams in League One are relegated to the EFL League 2 while the Top 3 teams and the playoff winner between teams 3-6 of League 2 will be promoted to League One.
Luton Town won the 2018-19 England League One title with a total of 94 points, three more than second placers Barnsley. Luton Town won 27 out of their 46 games played, with 6 losses and 13 ties. Luton Town scored a league-high 90 goals last season and allowed a league-third 42 goals
Luton Town and second placer Barnsley earned automatic promotion to the 2019-20 English Football League Championship. Meanwhile, third placer Charlton Athletic won the playoff between teams 3-6 to join Luton Town and Barnsley. Last season’s 5th placers Sunderland are the soccer betting favorites to win the 2019-20 League One season. Ipswich Town, relegated from the EFL Championship, is second in the latest odds board.
Here are the odds to win the 2019-20 England League One season. Odds were taken from TitanBet as of 7/15/19:
Who Are The Favorites?
After being relegated from the Championship, Sunderland finished 5th in the 2018-19 League One final table. They reached the playoff final but lost to Charlton Athletic in the final playoff. Sunderland lost only five total matches last season but they drew too many- 19 in total, and that ultimately cost them a chance at returning to the Championship this season. With another season at League One, this side is the current soccer betting favorites to win the 2019-20 title and earn a spot back to the Championship.
Ipswich Town finished at the bottom of the 24-team 2018-19 EFL Championship. The side won just a total of five games last season and was a league-worst -41 in goal difference, thus they were relegated to League One for the 2019-20 season, their first appearance in the third tier league since 1957. Paul Hurst was fired five months after he was hired and former Norwich manager Paul Lambert took over last October.
Portsmouth finished 4th in League One during the 2018-19 season, tied with 3rd place Charlton Athletic with 88 points but losing out to the latter by a mere +1 in goal difference. They ranked second behind Luton Town in goals scored with 83 last season but lost to Sunderland in the playoffs by an aggregate score of 0-1.
Rotherham joins Ipswich Town as one of the relegated team from the Championship. Rotherham finished last season 22nd among 24 EFL Championship teams. They only had 8 wins throughout the entire season and ended up allowing more goals than any other Championship team all season long with a total of 83.
Peterborough United finished 7th in League One last season, barely missing the League playoffs by just a solitary point. Peterborough United won 20 out of 46 games last season and they yielded 62 goals last season, the most by any team in the Top 10 of the League One final table.
After suffering relegation from the Championship two seasons ago, Sunderland was picked to be promoted back last season. However, this fancied side rarely challenged for the League One title last season and in fact, spent just six weeks in the automatic promotion places all-season long.
Despite their struggles, the Black Cats were able to reach the League One final playoff where they suffered a defeat at the hands of Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic. In that match, Sunderland surrendered a 1-0 lead at Wembley and lost by a final tally of 1-2 with the winning goal from Charlton Athletic coming just six seconds before the full-time whistle was to be blown.
That heart-breaking defeat was supposed to lead boss Jack Ross back to the drawing board and make the necessary changes to compete again next season. But so far, Ross has surprisingly made just three additions and has opted to keep the core of last year’s team. Two of the players he’s added though are expected to give Sunderland the leadership and stability they need as Conor McLaughlin and Jordan Willis have been captains in their previous stints with other teams.
Many expected big changes to Sunderland’s line-up but Ross has opted otherwise. It remains to be seen if his ploy works but given what he did at St. Mirren before coming to Wearside, this team is worth the bet. Prediction: Sunderland