EFL League One Betting Guide 2020/21 Odds & Tips

As one of the most exciting leagues in football, EFL League One betting has become an extremely popular pastime. The English Football League (EFL) League 1 is the third professional tier of English football; above it is the EFL Championship and below is, quite naturally, EFL League Two.

Best Bookies For EFL League One Betting

#1
William Hill
  • Bet £10 Get £30 – credited as 2x £15 bets
  • Boosted odds
  • Fantastic betting app
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#2
bet365
  • Up to £100 in bet credits
  • Early payout available
  • Extensive League One markets
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#3
Paddy Power
  • Early payout
  • £20 risk-free bet
  • ‘Power Prices’
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#4
Betfair
  • Quality Betting exchange
  • Up to £100 free bets
  • Great league 1 odds
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#5
bwin
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  • Boosted accas
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#6
888sport
  • Great league 1 betting site
  • Superb live streaming service
  • Competitive odds
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#7
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  • Competitive odds
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#8
BetVictor
  • Great odds
  • Non-league sponsor
  • Up to £30 Money Back
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#9
Ladbrokes
  • Bet £5 for £20 in free bets
  • Myriad of League One betting markets
  • Renowned bookmaker
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#10
Coral
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  • High quality League One odds
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Don’t miss our League one Profit & loss Stats Guide

 

Best EFL League One Betting Sites – Ranked

  1. William Hill
  2. Bet365
  3. Paddy Power
  4. Ladbrokes
  5. Betfair
  6. BetVictor
  7. Coral
  8. 888sport
  9. Bwin
  10. Sportingbet

 

EFL League One 2020/21 Betting Odds

These are the current available League 1 odds for the below markets, and all are correct at the time of writing.

TeamOddsBookmaker
Hull City1/4William Hill
Peterborough United11/4William Hill
Lincoln City100/1
William Hill
Ipswich Town
500/1SpreadEx
Sunderland500/1Bet365
Oxford United 500/1SpreadEx
Blackpool500/1Bet365
Gillingham1000/1SpreadEx
Fleetwood Town1000/1SpreadEx
Portsmouth1000/1Betfred
Accrington Stanley1000/1SpreadEx

EFL League One Betting Odds – Relegation

TeamOddsBookmaker
Swindon Town1/250bet365
Northampton Town1/20bet365
Rochdale1/5William Hill
Wigan Athletic4/1William Hill
AFC Wimbledon9/1William Hill

EFL League One Betting Odds – Top Goalscorer

TeamOddsBookmaker
Jonson Clarke-Harris1/20William Hill
Charlie Wyke12/1bet365
Malik Wilks50/1
William Hill
Cameron Jerome80/1
William Hill
John Marquis100/1
William Hill

EFL League One Betting Odds – To Be Promoted

TeamOddsBookmaker
Hull City1/200Betway
Peterborough Town1/18bet365
Sunderland17/10
Paddy Power
Lincoln City10/3
bet365
Blackpool7/2
Betfred
Charlton Athletic6/1
BetVictor
Portsmouth8/1
William Hill
Oxford United25/1
William Hill
Ipswich Town250/1
William Hill
Accrington Stanley500/1
William Hill

EFL League One Betting Odds – To Win the Playoffs

TeamOddsBookmaker
Sunderland2/1Paddy Power
Blackpool10/3Paddy Power
Lincoln City10/3Paddy Power
Portsmouth11/2Paddy Power
Charlton Athletic11/2Paddy Power
Oxford United17/1Paddy Power
Peterborough United30/1Paddy Power
Ipswich Town150/1Paddy Power

League 1 2021/22 Odds – Winner

As the current season comes to a close, we will update this space with the latest league one 2021/22 odds as soon as they are released by the bookies.

 

League One Promotion Odds 2021/22

Coming soon.

 

Popular EFL League One Betting Markets

Outright Winners

This is a simple bet and one where bettors place a wager on the team that they believe will finish the season as league title winners. This could be a studied bet, based on research done beforehand, or a heartfelt, hopeful wager on a beloved team. Either way, the bet pays out as a winner if the team that has been backed does, indeed, finish on top.

Best League One betting site for outright bets: bet365

Top Goalscorer

This is exactly what it says on the tin: a straightforward wager on the player in the league that will score more goals than anyone else. So, if you have a hot tip or simply a hunch that a particular player is going to have the season of his life, then this hotshot bet is the one for you.

Best League One betting site for top goalscorer: William Hill

To Be Relegated

Like backing the winner, this bet is predicting where a team might finish. However, this bet has wriggle room for three places because all your selection needs to do is finish in the bottom three for the bet to be deemed a winner.

Best League 1 betting site for relegation bets: Paddy Power

Next Manager to Leave Post

Here is another bet that is simple and straightforward. You place a wager on the first manager to lose their job in the new season. It couldn’t be simpler.

Best League 1 betting site for next manager to leave: Betfair

To Win the Play-offs

In a market that’s exclusive to the lower divisions of the English game, punters can bet on the teams they think will either make or win the play-offs. These bets could be placed before the campaign begins to garner superior value despite its distinct difficulty, or just before the extra-curricular event gets underway. Betting on the play-offs will only add excitement to what is usually an enthralling set of fixtures entrenched in jeopardy.

Best League One betting site for play-off bets: Ladbrokes

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EFL League One Betting – Live Streaming

With the Premier League’s broadcasting rights in the UK being exclusively held by Sky Sports, BT Sports, Amazon Prime and the BBC, bookies are unable to live stream such fixtures. However, punters can access a huge number of EFL fixtures – including League One – via bookies.

There are hundreds of bookmakers that offer live streaming but, often, there are sacrifices to the quality and picture graphics. Nevertheless, be sure to check out our in-depth guide to live streaming so you can find the optimal bookie to fulfil your streaming desires.

In terms of other options, Sky Sports’ current deal with the EFL means 138 league matches are shown per season. Sky’s Gillette Soccer Special programme also provides live highlights of the EFL games.

 

EFL League One Structure

The EFL League 1 is contested by 24 teams who, between August and May, play each other twice during the season, once at their home ground and once away. Teams are awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw, and all accumulated points are added to a league table, with the bottom three teams at the end of the season being relegated to League Two. Three teams will be promoted from League Two to replace the relegated trio.

At the other end of the table, the top two finishers will gain automatic promotion to the Championship, with the team that finishes in first place being crowned champions. Places 3, 4, 5 and 6 are the playoff places, and will compete in two playoff semi-finals before a playoff final at Wembley Stadium in London in late May to determine the final promoted team.

 

History of the EFL League One

The history of the English third-tier dates back to 1920 when it was simply known as Division Three. A North/South divide was established just a year later in 1921 and would last up until 1958 before the nationwide Division Three returned before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, with the third tier emerging as Division Two.

A rebranding of the Football League in 2004 saw the third tier become more commonly known as League One. In 2016, the Football League underwent another subtle rebranding with a renaming to the English Football League – although the abbreviation ‘EFL’ has been emphasised.

The unforgiving nature of the second tier, the EFL Championship, means that plenty of former and current Premier League clubs have wound up in League One. There are currently eight former Premier League outfits competing in the third-tier (Swindon Town, Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Blackpool, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Hull City), while seven current occupants of the top-flight (Leicester City, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley and Sheffield United) have worked their way up from League One since its 2004 rebranding.

Recent League One Winners

YearWinnerRunner-UpPlayoff Winner
2020Coventry CityRotherham UnitedWycombe Wanderers
2019Luton TownBarnsleyCharlton Athletic
2018Wigan AthleticBlackburn RoversRotherham United
2017Sheffield UnitedBolton WanderersMillwall
2016Wigan AthleticBurton AlbionBarnsley
2015Bristol CityMilton Keynes DonsPreston North End
2014Wolverhampton WanderersBrentfordRotherham United
2013Doncaster RoversAFC BournemouthYeovil Town
2012Charlton AthleticSheffield WednesdayHuddersfield Town
2011Brighton & Hove AlbionSouthamptonPeterborough United
2010Norwich CityLeeds UnitedMillwall
2009Leicester CityPeterborough UnitedScunthorpe United
2008Swansea CityNottingham ForestDoncaster Rovers
2007Scunthorpe UnitedBristol CityBlackpool
2006Southend UnitedColchester UnitedBarnsley
2005Luton TownHull CitySheffield Wednesday

Most Successful EFL League One Teams

TeamTitlesYears
Luton Town22004/05, 2018/19
Wigan Athletic22015/16, 2017/18
Southend United12005/6
Scunthorpe United12006/07
Swansea12007/08
Leicester City12008/09
Norwich City12009/10
Brighton & Hove Albion12010/11
Charlton Athletic12011/12
Doncaster Rovers12012/13
Wolverhampton Wanderers12013/14
Bristol City12014/15
Sheffield United12016/17
Coventry City12019/20

Since its rebranding in 2004, 14 different teams have won League One with Wigan Athletic and Luton Town the only two teams to win the title more than once.

Which Players Have Scored the Most EFL League One Goals?

PlayerGoals
Ian Henderson122
Paddy Madden112
Billy Sharp104
Will Grigg104
Jermaine Beckford101
Rickie Lambert99
Simon Cox90
Brett Pitman80
Leon Clarke78
Andy Williams76

*From the start of the 2004/05 campaign*

Which Players Have Most Recently Claimed the EFL League One Player of the Year Award?

YearWinner
2020Ivan Toney (Peterborough United)
2019James Collins (Luton Town)
2018Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers)
2017Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)
2016Bradley Dack (Gillingham)
2015Joe Garner (Preston North End)
2014Adam Forshaw (Brentford)
2013Matt Ritchie (AFC Bournemouth)
2012Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)
2011Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)
2010Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)
2009Matt Fryatt (Leicester City)
2008Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)
2007Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United)
2006Lee Trundle (Swansea City)

EFL League One Key Stats

  • Three teams in League One history have eclipsed the 100-point barrier in a single season – Charlton Athletic (2011/12), Wolverhampton Wanderers (2013/14) and Sheffield United (2016/17).
  • The aforementioned Wolves side hold the record for the most points accumulated in a single League One campaign (103).
  • Huddersfield Town’s Jordan Rhodes holds the record for the most prolific scoring campaign in League One history. He scored a mightily impressive 36 goals for the Terriers during the 2011/12 season.
  • Walsall have played the most games in League One (552).
  • Stockport County boast the unwanted record of being, statistically, the worst team in League One history. They notched just 25 points during a torrid 2009/10 season.

 

EFL League One Betting Sponsors & Partners

The EFL has had numerous sponsors following its inauguration in 2004. Coca-Cola emerged as the first major sponsor, taking over from Nationwide, up until 2010 when Npower assumed sponsorship duties.

In July 2013, SkyBet announced that they had signed a five-year deal to sponsor the EFL and between 2013 and 2016, the Football League was known as the Sky Bet Football League, then the SkyBet EFL from 2016.

SkyBet remains in partnership with the EFL.

English League One Betting FAQs

❓ What are the best EFL League One betting sites?

Based on our research, William Hill, bet365 and Paddy Power are the best bookies for EFL League one betting.

🏆 How many teams participate in the EFL League One?

24 teams compete in League One.

❓ How many points are awarded for a win in the EFL League One?

3 points are awarded for a win, while a draw earns a point and nothing for a loss.

🔎 How are the play-off places awarded in the EFL League One?

The play-off places are awarded to those who finish between third and sixth in the League One table.

⚽ How many teams get relegated from the EFL League One?

Four teams are relegated from League One down to League Two every season.

❓ Is League One betting popular?

Yes, it’s certainly popular for punters who enjoy accumulator betting.

ThePuntersPage Final Say

From Marcello Trotta’s last-gasp penalty miss on the final day of the 2012/13 season to Paul Caddis’ strike to seal Birmingham City’s survival a season later, League One has produced some iconic moments in its young history.

Its thrilling nature and distinct unpredictability ensure the division is a tricky one to bet on, but it nonetheless remains hugely popular for punters, especially in accumulator betting. Bookies are yet to make concerted efforts or offer exclusive promotions to advertise League One betting further, which they have done with the EFL Championship, so we could expect to see greater exposure of the division in the betting sphere in the coming years.