As one of the most exciting leagues in football, EFL League One betting has become extremely popular with sports punters. 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.
Table of Contents
- Best Bookies for EFL League One Betting
- Best EFL League One Betting Sites – Top 10 Ranked
- EFL League One 2021/22 Betting Odds
- League 1 2021/22 Odds – Winner
- League One Promotion Odds 2021/22
- Popular EFL League One Betting Markets
- EFL League One Betting – Live Streaming
- EFL League One Structure
- History of the EFL League One
- Recent League One Winners
- Most Successful EFL League One Teams
- Which Players Have Scored the Most EFL League One Goals?
- Which Players Have Most Recently Claimed the EFL League One Player of the Year Award?
- EFL League One Key Stats
- EFL League One Betting Sponsors & Partners
- English League One Betting FAQs
- ThePuntersPage Final Say
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Best EFL League One Betting Sites – Top 10 Ranked
#02 William Hill
#04 Paddy Power
EFL League One 2021/22 Betting Odds
These are the current available League 1 odds for the below markets, and all are correct at the time of writing.
EFL League One Betting Odds – Relegation
EFL League One Betting Odds – Top Goalscorer
EFL League One Betting Odds – To Be Promoted
EFL League One Betting Odds – To Win the Playoffs
League 1 2021/22 Odds – Winner
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
Popular EFL League One Betting Markets
It makes sense that one of the biggest leagues in football would also offer a number of lucrative betting markets to up the fun factor that much further. We've compiled a few of the best below.
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, your bet will pay out as a winner if the team you backed does, indeed, finish on top.
Best League One betting site for Outright Winners: bet365
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 market requires you to predict where a team might finish. It also leaves you 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 betting: 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 Playoffs
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 playoffs will only add excitement to what is usually an enthralling set of fixtures entrenched in jeopardy.
Best League One betting site for playoff 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, you'll have to compromise on 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. In 1992, the Premier League was established, 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 re-branding 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 re-branding.
Recent League One Winners
|2020||Coventry City||Rotherham United||Wycombe Wanderers|
|2019||Luton Town||Barnsley||Charlton Athletic|
|2018||Wigan Athletic||Blackburn Rovers||Rotherham United|
|2017||Sheffield United||Bolton Wanderers||Millwall|
|2016||Wigan Athletic||Burton Albion||Barnsley|
|2015||Bristol City||Milton Keynes Dons||Preston North End|
|2014||Wolverhampton Wanderers||Brentford||Rotherham United|
|2013||Doncaster Rovers||AFC Bournemouth||Yeovil Town|
|2012||Charlton Athletic||Sheffield Wednesday||Huddersfield Town|
|2011||Brighton & Hove Albion||Southampton||Peterborough United|
|2010||Norwich City||Leeds United||Millwall|
|2009||Leicester City||Peterborough United||Scunthorpe United|
|2008||Swansea City||Nottingham Forest||Doncaster Rovers|
|2007||Scunthorpe United||Bristol City||Blackpool|
|2006||Southend United||Colchester United||Barnsley|
|2005||Luton Town||Hull City||Sheffield Wednesday|
Most Successful EFL League One Teams
|Luton Town||2||2004/05, 2018/19|
|Wigan Athletic||2||2015/16, 2017/18|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1||2010/11|
Since its revamp 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?
*From the start of the 2004/05 campaign*
Which Players Have Most Recently Claimed the EFL League One Player of the Year Award?
|2020||Ivan Toney (Peterborough United)|
|2019||James Collins (Luton Town)|
|2018||Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers)|
|2017||Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)|
|2016||Bradley Dack (Gillingham)|
|2015||Joe Garner (Preston North End)|
|2014||Adam Forshaw (Brentford)|
|2013||Matt Ritchie (AFC Bournemouth)|
|2012||Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)|
|2011||Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)|
|2010||Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)|
|2009||Matt Fryatt (Leicester City)|
|2008||Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)|
|2007||Billy Sharp (Scunthorpe United)|
|2006||Lee 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, scoring 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, Sky Bet announced that they had signed a five-year deal to sponsor the EFL. Consequently, between 2013 and 2016, the Football League was known as the Sky Bet Football League, then the Sky Bet EFL from 2016.
At the time of writing, this partnership still remains active.
English League One Betting FAQs
❓ What are the best EFL League One betting sites?
🏆 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 losses are awarded nothing.
🔎 How are the playoff places awarded in the EFL League One?
The playoff 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, especially with punters who are fond of 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 those who enjoy 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.