The Sky Bet League Two season is just a fortnight away as Cheltenham Town will travel to the Globe Arena to face Morecambe in their opening fixture on August 5.
Plenty of bets will be being placed on the Robins’ fate ahead of the upcoming campaign, which is their 14th season in English Football’s fourth tier.
Here is a collation of the best odds on the outcome of Cheltenham’s 2017/18 season.
The dreaded dotted line
Last season Cheltenham Town finished in 21st in the table, just two places above the relegation zone.
Gary Johnson’s side avoided a return to the National League by the skin of their teeth and despite reinforcements arriving this summer, the departure of 16 goal striker Billy Waters could lead them towards another season of struggle.
Despite the fact we don’t want to face a similar situation come May 2018, if you fancy us for the drop and want to offset the unthinkable, then the best odds you can get on Cheltenham getting relegated at the moment is 8/1 at Bet365, William Hill and PaddyPower.
Here’s how the final day of @SkyBetLeagueTwo looks in 2017/18.
It was a quiet one last season… 👀 pic.twitter.com/D0rVTmpH0C
— Sky Bet League Two (@SkyBetLeagueTwo) June 29, 2017
A playoff push?
On the other hand, if you are quietly confident of our chances and believe that a playoff push is possible, then 5/1 is the longest odds you can get on a top seven finish with William Hill.
Gary Johnson is no stranger to success, the 61-year-old has taken Yeovil Town all the way to the Championship in the past and was one game away from taking Bristol City to the Premier League.
Under Mark Yates in 2011/12 and 2012/13 Cheltenham lost out in the playoffs, first in the final to Crewe and then to Northampton in the semi-final a year later. If you think that we can go one further than five years ago, then 28/1 with SkyBet is your most profitable choice if you feel we can win the playoffs.
League Two is arguably tougher than ever this time around as many big clubs with impressive budgets battle to earn a place in the third tier.
Cheltenham may not have the financial clout to compete with the likes of Luton, Mansfield, Lincoln and Coventry but stranger things have happened in regards to underdogs winning promotion.
Burton Albion and Fleetwood have managed it before and if you are optimistic on a top three finish and automatic promotion then 14/1 is currently the best price according to oddschecker.
For the Whaddon Road outfit to win promotion by any means then 10/1 is a good shout with Bet Victor, Ladbrokes, 10Bet and Stan James.
The Robins have never won League Two but have won the National League on more than one occasion, most recently in 2014/15. But if you believe that we can make history with a first EFL title then a whopping 56/1 with Betfair Exchange is the best bet with most markets offering 40/1.
The ‘Deadly Dans’ to find their form?
Former Robin John Marquis lead the way alongside Barnet’s John Akinde as top scorers in the division last year with 26 goals each.
Billy Waters’ 16 goal contribution for Cheltenham was the Gloucestershire sides best tally. But with the 22-year-old no longer at the club, former non-league hot shot Mohamed Eisa and Jerell Sellars from Aston Villa have been signed in an attempt to add fire to the frontline.
While no odds can currently be found on Eisa marking his debut season in the EFL with a golden boot, Sellars is priced at a massive 150/1 with Bet365 to scoop the accolade. Danny Wright was CTFC’s second top scorer in 2016/17 with 10, while former National League Golden Boot winner Dan Holman struggled with injury and could only manage two.
— hEaLeR (@hEaLeR_CTFC) July 17, 2017
However the previously nicknamed ‘Deadly Dans’ managed to rack up over 5o goals between them in non-league two years ago. They are both priced at 80/1 with Bet365 to outscore any other League Two player next season.
Other Cheltenham Town League Two betting odds 2017/18
To finish top half
To finish bottom half
To finish outside of top seven
Top southwest club
7/1 SkyBet, William Hill
(With Swindon, Yeovil, Forest Green, Exeter and Newport
To win their opening three League Two games- 14/1
Lose opening three League Two games- 22/1
At least one goal scored in every League Two game- 28/1
To score the most League Two goals- 33/1
Promoted and Forest Green relegated- 125/1
To be promoted and to win the Checkatrade Trophy 750/1