We’ve picked out the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and National League winners for a bumper return
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Many of us enjoy an accumulator on the winners of each football league, with a £1 accumulator going a very long way.
We’ve researched the top five divisions in English football and unearthed the champions, putting them in a multiple bet which will return over £3,500 for a £1 stake – lovely stuff.
So here are the selections and the explanation behind each one. Head over to bookmaker Ladbrokes for odds of 3609/1 for a £1 stake.
PREMIER LEAGUE – CHELSEA
Can you really back against the champions? They only lost three times last season and one of those games was a dead rubber against West Brom. OK so they haven’t improved the squad that much, although Radamel Falcao might yet turn out to be better than he demonstrated at Manchester United.
With the best player in the league (Eden Hazard) and assist-machine Cesc Fabregas playing alongside the outstanding Nemanja Matic, it’s hard to argue against the Blues.
CHAMPIONSHIP – MIDDLESBROUGH
Boro were just a few goals short of pipping Watford and Bournemouth to automatic promotion last season. Defensively, they were better than everyone else in the division and Aitor Karanka will bank on another raft of clean sheets to be accompanied by a few more goals.
Stewart Downing will be chief assister, although the former West Ham winger should also hit double figures, while Jordan Rhodes could yet be arriving to bolster that “goals for” tally.
LEAGUE ONE – WIGAN ATHLETIC
We’re passing up the chance to back Sheffield United and plumping for the other “rich” team in the division, with Wigan having secured the services of striker Will Grigg and keeper Richard O’Donnell during the summer.
Gary Caldwell is unknown as a manager, although he’s been backed with funds and is looking to implement an attacking style of football which will surely see the Latics go close.
LEAGUE TWO – PORTSMOUTH
No prizes for originality, although Paul Cook’s departure from Chesterfield to manage at Fratton Park is a big indicator that Pompey should go very close next season.
Cook has already bought the t-shirt in League Two after propelling the Spireites to the title two seasons ago and he then steered them into the play-off places. Having recruited Gary Roberts and several other quality players, we expect Portsmouth to be head and shoulders above the rest.
NATIONAL LEAGUE – GRIMSBY TOWN
We’ve sat up and taken notice as the Mariners have clocked up several wins against Football League opposition and they appear to have a team ready to improve on play-off positions for the past two seasons.
Padraig Amond has been especially impressive for Grimsby in pre-season and Paul Hurst’s side are preferred over Tranmere who might take a while to gel and find their feet at this level.