The Big Kick-Off: Mark Langdon’s best bets and predictions for the 2023-24 football season
When does the 2023-24 EFL season start?
Friday, August 4
When does the 2023-24 Premier League season start?
Friday, August 11
Mark Langdon’s ante-post outright predictions for the 2023-24 season
Manchester City to win the Premier League
Ipswich to win the Championship
Portsmouth to win League One
Stockport to win League Two
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Mark Langdon’s 2023-24 EFL promotion treble
Ipswich to be promoted from the Championship
Portsmouth to be promoted from League One
Stockport to be promoted from League Two
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Mark Langdon’s best bets and predictions for the 2023-24 football season
The 2023-24 football season should be a thriller, and while Manchester City are expected to dominate the Premier League once again, things are far less clear-cut further down the EFL and that offers big potential payouts for small outlays and possibly several months of fun.
City are the obvious place to look for the Premier League winners. They have won the title in five of the past six seasons and set the gold standard with an average of just over 91 points collected in the past six campaigns.
The rest are getting better but it remains difficult to see how Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and the other members of the chasing pack can achieve the type of consistency required to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s 2023 treble-winners.
City can be the cornerstone of ante-post divisional bets, but juicier prices can be found further down, starting with Ipswich to win the Championship.
Ipswich looked like a decent Championship team by the end of last season in League One as they romped to promotion with 13 wins and two draws from the final 15 fixtures.
Manager Kieran McKenna signed a new contract in the summer and they have done the right thing by sticking by the squad which gained promotion. Peterborough midfielder Jack Taylor looks a sensible signing too and their settled side is at odds with those of the relegated favourites, all of whom have big rebuilding jobs on their hands.
Leicester, Leeds and Southampton are all performing major surgery on their squads and it might take time for them to get in the groove.
Derby are being well backed in League One but there has also been support for Portsmouth and Pompey can justify that support by edging the Rams.
John Mousinho’s side finished last season well and they have been busy recruiting over the summer with 12 players added, including the eyecatching arrivals of Will Norris, Regan Poole and Gavin Whyte.
Meanwhile, Colby Bishop is a proven goalscorer at this level and with goalkeeper Norris on board Portsmouth are strong in both boxes.
League Two is absolutely fascinating with National League champions Wrexham and promoted Notts County expected to go straight up again by many.
Notts play some wonderful football and the signing of David McGoldrick shows they mean business, while Wrexham’s Hollywood owners could pump more money in at will.
However, it would be wrong to forget about Stockport, who were the best side not to go up last season and have since added Nick Powell to a squad that already looked strong.
A slow start cost Stockport last term.
They won just two of their first 11 matches, but still missed out on automatic promotion by only four points and they are unlikely to be so profligate in the opening months of this season again.
A promotion treble on Ipswich, Portsmouth and Stockport pays in excess of 50-1 and a bet on those three plus Manchester City to win their leagues in an accumulator could return more than £2,000 for a £1 bet.
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