Notts County joint favourites to win the National League next season

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Notts County have been installed as joint favourites to win the National League title next season and reclaim their status as the world’s oldest  professional Football League club.

The Magpies are priced at 7/1 to win the championship despite there being uncertainty over the club’s future with a takeover still to be completed.

But that hasn’t affected SkyBet’s belief that Notts will challenge for glory in what will be their maiden voyage into non-league football.

However, they feel that former Notts manager John Sheridan will be their strongest challengers in the race back to the EFL with his Chesterfield team having improved dramatically since he was appointed last January.

They lost just five games in the league following his arrival as he guided them away from relegation danger to the comfort of a mid-table finish.

 

The game between the two sides is arguably the biggest in the league next season, particularly with Sheridan’s history at Notts when he was sacked as manager in December 2016.

Notts are also likely to have two former Chesterfield players in their squad too with Andy Kellett and Kristian Dennis both under contract for next season.

They played for the Spireites in the last meeting between the sides which saw Chesterfield run out comfortable 3-1 winners at the Pro-Act.

The fact that both sides are being tipped to go head to head for the league title will add even more spice to the occasion.

Third favourites to win promotion back to the EFL are Wrexham who finished fourth in the National League last term.



Notts County fans celebrate the first goal from the penalty spot at Swindon

That was enough to clinch them a place in the play-offs but they were beaten by Eastleigh which shattered their hopes of returning to the Football League.

They are tipped to bounce back from that heartbreak however with SkyBet rating them as a 10/1 to win the title.

Former League Two club Barnet are 12/1 shots as are AFC Fylde who agonisingly missed out on promotion last weekend when they were beaten 3-0 by big spending Salford City at Wembley.

Fylde have an FA Trophy final appearance at Wembley this weekend as they take on Leyton Orient in what has largely been a successful season if they do finish empty-handed.

They will be expected to challenge heavily again next season as they do possess one of the better budgets in the league and also have one of the division’s most-feared strikers in Danny Rowe.

 

What may come as a surprise is Yeovil, relegated from League Two last season, are way down the list as contenders for the championship.

Despite boasting some decent talent, they are priced at 16/1 with newly-promoted Stockport backed to fare better in the chase for the title at 14/1.

Former Notts boss Jamie Fullarton, now managing Halifax, is consider a long shot for success at 40/1 which is perhaps a reflection of his budget at the Shay.

But he will be eager to put a dent in Notts’ title hopes having just had 69 days in charge at Meadow Lane in 2016.

His side had some very impressive results against the top teams  last season which saw them beat Solihull Moors, Fylde and Wrexham  who all finished in the top six.



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