Football Betting Balancing The Books –

Karl Dennis continues his monthly rollercoaster ride in the lower leagues. So how has he progressed this last month…? Over to Karl.

Until a couple of weeks ago we were holding a most interesting record. Of all the teams that I had advised as bets for this season, not one had changed their manager. Then, struggling Brighton decided enough was enough and parted company with Micky Adams. They then tried to prise Jim Gannon away from Stockport, but after being interviewed and then being offered the job, Gannon decided to stay with cash-strapped County. What a great shame that the Hatters have such financial problems. By selling their best two players in January they effectively kissed their promotion hopes goodbye and with that went our bet.

It looks highly unlikely that we will profit from either the Championship or League 1 but League 2 is looking very attractive for us. All four teams are very much involved in the battle and with a bit of luck we can collect. We need Brentford and Gillingham to hit a bad patch and then we will be in serious business.

In any case, whatever happens we should be able to profit from the play-offs and with that in mind I shall be watching the progress of Oldham Athletic with great interest. The club has parted company with John Sheridan following a mauling at M K Dons, but more probably because of an incident at Belle Vue dogs, which ended in fighting and the manager being held in a headlock by Lee Hughes. (Source: Manchester Evening News).

They have replaced him with Joe Royle who, in my opinion, is one of the best managers around. In his first stint at the Latics he took them to the top division and two FA Cup semi finals, before taking over at Manchester City, where he took the love of my life up to the Premiership before being treated very shabbily and sacked for his efforts. Oldham will rapidly revert to an exciting attacking force rather than the drab defensive outfit they have been all season. Royle will use all his contacts to bring in loan players. With former Manchester City chairman John Wardle – a great admirer of Royle – about to join the Oldham board, this is a club that is set to take off.

Current bets:


Swansea 1pt win at 50/1 and 1pt promotion at 16/1.

Bristol City 1pt win at 25/1

and 1pt promotion at 8/1.

Ipswich 1pt win at 20/1 and

1pt promotion at 7/1.

Wolves 4 pts win at 6/4.


Stockport 1pt win at 66/1 and 1pt promotion at 16/1.

Brighton 1pt win at 20/1 and

1pt promotion at 13/2.

Southend 1pt win at 16/1 and

1pt promotion at 6/1.


League Two


Exeter 1pt win at 40/1 and 1pt promotion at 9/1.

Rochdale 1pt win at 11/1.

Shrewsbury 1pt win at 13/2.

Wycombe 4pts win at 15/8.

Editor’s Note

Many thanks to Karl for his continued insights into the lower leagues. Will there be some twists up ‘til the end of the season to help him bag that biggie? Stay tuned…

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