nPower League Two 2013 Promotion and Playoffs
Two of the automatic promotion places in the nPower League Two this season look as if they are going to be occupied by Gillingham and Port Vale. They have been the front runners in the division for a while now and both look well set to be heading up the English league tier next season. While Gillingham and Port Vale are battling it out between themselves to settle the not-so-small matter of winning the League Two title (with the Gills edging things narrowly in the nPower League Two Outright Winner market) the big race is on behind them to figure out who may join them going up to League One next season. There looks as if there will be a good scrap for the third and final automatic promotion spot, and four further teams will be hoping to squeeze in through the back door of the League Two play offs.
With three quarters of the 2012/13 League Two season having passed, there was a good nine teams still in the running to book themselves a play off spot. Some of the strongest showings heading into the final stretch of the season were coming from Burton Albion and Northampton Town. They were both trading at around 4/5 with a quarter of the season to go in the nPower League 2 2012/13 to reach play-offs betting odds. That should make them fairly solid bets to secure a top seven finish, and Burton in particular were showing the kind of form over the second half of the season that could get them to the third automatic promotion spot. But teams were so tightly packed that anything was really up for grabs, offering plenty of value around.
One team that was trending very well with a quarter of the season remaining was Cheltenham Town. Despite something of a stuttering start to 2013, when draws were coming their way more than wins, they were holding onto a play off spot, simply thanks to their resilience. So if they find their winning touch again, it won’t take them much to remain a very solid option in npower League 2 2012/13 Play-Offs betting. Rotherham looked to have found a hot streak to keep themselves in the hunt as well as the final stretch of the season approached and along with Southend were being offered at fair value to book themselves a spot in the play offs. With the play off race though in League Two looking fairly evenly matched and open, there is still some good value around in some outside shots.
Perhaps looking the best option to mount a late surge and muscle their way into the play offs is Morecambe. They started to come on strongly since the turn of the new year and were trending well towards a top seven finish. The question is though whether they will be able to keep form going, as well as seeing others above them slip enough for them to squeeze in. With a dozen games remaining in the League Two season, Morecambe were six points adrift of the play offs. Fleetwood started to drift a little in the race, but one team holding steady was Exeter. After the heroics of their League Cup run, Bradford started attracting more interest. After beating Premier League opponents on their way to the League Cup final, where they lost to Swansea, will that experience be enough of a catalyst to put them in the play off race? Or will it have simply been a costly distraction?
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