Sky Bet League Two guide - your 2016/17 season preview
Last Updated: 06/08/16 8:10am
The big kick-off is fast approaching but what will Sky Bet League Two serve up this season?
With the help of English Football League title sponsor, Sky Bet, and Sky Sports expert Ian Holloway, we pick out teams to watch at both ends of the table and players tipped to shine...
Portsmouth - beaten play-off semi-finalists last season - are Sky Bet's 4/1 favourites for the title once again and are odds-on at 10/11 to make it out of League Two by any means come the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Pompey boss Paul Cook, who guided previous side Chesterfield to the League Two title, has brought in a number of new faces including Danny Rose from Northampton Town, experienced goalkeeper David Forde and striker Curtis Main from Doncaster Rovers as they look to finally meet high expectations.
Doncaster - playing in the Championship only five years ago - slipped down into the fourth tier after a horrendous run at the end of the previous League One season, but Sky Bet make them the second-favourites at 11/8 to bounce back at the first attempt.
Darren Ferguson remains trusted with reversing their fortunes and has signed his former Peterborough player Tommy Rowe, as well as the likes of John Marquis - who helped Northampton to the League Two title last term on loan from Millwall - and former Leyton Orient captain Mathieu Baudry.
Luton and Leyton Orient missed out on the play-offs last term but both fancied to challenge after some canny signings and Sky Bet can't split them at 2/1 to win promotion in a league likely to be fiercely competitive again.
The Hatters - 11th last season - have snapped up former Oxford duo Danny Hylton and Johnny Mullins, while Leyton Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler has signed nine this summer, including Jordan Bowery and Harry Cornick on loan from Bournemouth.
They only just missed out last season after not performing to their usual level in the play-off final but there's enough spirit and know-how to build on what was a fantastic season. I think they'll be strong and Graham Carey's new deal is a big plus.
Ollie's League Two winner - Plymouth (12/1)
Plymouth lost last season's League Two play-off final to AFC Wimbledon and the Pilgrims are expected to challenge at the top end again with promotion odds of 7/2, with Ian Holloway's title tip priced at 12/1.
Derek Adams has also rung the changes, with the likes of Reuben Reid and Carl McHugh departing the club but Aberdeen striker David Goodwillie - formerly of Blackburn - has arrived at Home Park hoping to fire.
But Cambridge - an 11/1 shot for the title - look handily priced at 5/2 for promotion. Adam McGurk has arrived from Portsmouth and Shaun Derry - who took over from a side languishing under Richard Money at the end of last year - oversaw an end-of-season run of just one defeat in their final 12 games.
Carlisle, who finished 10th last season despite injuries at key times to forwards Jabo Ibehre and Charlie Wyke and who have since bought shrewdly, are rated 4/1 for promotion - the same price as Blackpool, whose chances are deemed better than fellow relegated sides Colchester (9/2) and Crewe (15/2).
Grimsby and Cheltenham are the newcomers to Sky Bet League Two from the National League this season and have been priced at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively to make it back-to-back promotions, Bristol Rovers proving last season how vital momentum can be.
Notts County (9/2) are rated another one to watch, boss John Sheridan clearing the decks, while Wycombe, with AFC Wimbledon's promotion hero Adebayo Akinfenwa in their ranks are another interesting contender at 5/1.
Accrington were among the relegation favourites last season but this year's tips for the drop - Crawley and Newport County (3/1) - should remember that Stanley ended up missing out on automatic promotion only by goal difference.
Crawley fans will hope a new-look squad that includes striker James Collins - a player who has won promotion with three different sides - can defy the odds but Newport started and finished dismally and have lost top scorer Scott Boden.
Morecambe and Stevenage are tipped to struggle with relegation odds of 7/2 and 9/2 respectively after finishing 21st and 22nd respectively and the Shrimps - leaky at the back last season - have now lost star forward Shaun Miller.
Crewe, who finished bottom of League One last season, are on offer at 8/1 to suffer relegation for the second campaign on the spin, while Jeff Stelling's side Hartlepool are 13/2 to go down but have made a string of summer signings.
Leyton Orient striker Jay Simpson is the 9/1 favourite to go one better than last season and finish as Sky Bet League Two's top scorer.
Simpson finished second in last term's standings just ahead of Barnet forward John Akinde, who is joint-second favourite at 10/1 this time around alongside Carlisle's Jabo Ibehre.
Danny Hylton has joined Luton from Oxford this summer and he's 14/1 to nab the most goals after he scored 12 in 41 League Two games for the U's last term.
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Sky Bet odds correct at August 3 and subject to fluctuation.
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