Eight teams with shorter odds than U’s

Eight teams are more likely to get promoted from League One than Colchester next season, according to one bookmaker.

EIGHT teams are more likely to get promoted from League One than Colchester next season, according to one bookmaker.

The U’s – who were in the running for automatic promotion for the majority of the last campaign before their dramatic end-of-season collapse – have been given promotion odds of 13/2 by William Hill.

That is longer odds than the likes of Brighton (4/1) and newly-promoted Notts County (9/2) and is equal with Brentford and Plymouth.

Southampton – who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, despite a 10 points deduction – have unsurprisingly been installed as odds on favourites for promotion at 4/6.

Then comes Sheffield Wednesday (2/1), followed by Charlton and Huddersfield (both 11/4).

Newly-promoted Dagenham & Redbridge have been installed as favourites for relegation, alongside Yeovil, Hartlepool, Exeter and Walsall.

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William Hill’s 2010/11 League One odds

Win the league: 5/2 Southampton, 13/2 Sheffield Weds, 8/1 Charlton, 8/1 Huddersfield, 10/1 Brighton, 14/1 Peterborough, 14/1 Swindon, 16/1 Notts County, 16/1 Plymouth, 20/1 Brentford, 20/1 Colchester, 20/1 MK Dons, 25/1 Bristol Rovers, 40/1 Carlisle, 66/1 Bournemouth, 66/1 Oldham, 66/1 Rochdale, 80/1 Walsall, 80/1 Leyton Orient, 80/1 Tranmere, 100/1 Exeter, 100/1 Hartlepool, 100/1 Yeovil, 125/1 Dagenham & Redbridge.

Promotion: 4/6 Southampton, 2/1 Sheff Wed, 11/4 Charlton, 11/4 Huddersfield, 7/2 Brighton, 4/1 Peterborough, 4/1 Swindon, 9/2 Notts County, 9/2 Plymouth, 13/2 Brentford, 13/2 Colchester, 13/2 MK Dons, 8/1 Bristol Rovers, 11/1 Carlisle, 16/1 Bournemouth, 16/1 Oldham, 16/1 Rochdale, 25/1 Leyton Orient, 25/1 Tranmere, 25/1 Walsall, 33/1 Exeter, 33/1 Hartlepool, 33/1 Yeovil, 40/1 Dagenham & Redbridge.

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