Conference Premier Outright Betting - 2014/15
The Conference Premier 2014-15 fixtures are out and the race to get into the football league begins on Saturday, August 9th. Sky Bet have opened up the outright betting market with newcomers Bristol Rovers set as 13/2 favourites to make an instant return to the football league. The Pirate were relegated on the last day of the season and manager Darrell Clarke has signed a number of players with Conference experience, but can they buck the trend and go straight back up after just one season?
Darrell Clarke told the clubs website “No one should under estimate the standard of football in the Conference. You only have to look at how long Luton took to regain their Football League status and let’s not forget that there are some big spenders amongst the teams in the league.”
2014/15 Conference Premier Outright Winner Odds From Sky Bet:
Bristol Rovers 13-2, Forest Green Rovers 8/1, Grimsby Town 9/1, Kidderminster 10/1, Gateshead 11/1, Eastleigh 11/1. Each Way Odds: 1/4 for first 3 places.
Rovers face a tough start to life as a non league side, they open the season at home against last seasons losing play-off semi-finalists Grimsby Town who are skippered by former Rovers favourite Craig Disley. Grimsby Town have been priced up at 9/1 and look like strong promotion contenders, however I think Town boss Paul Hurst will need to add to his frontmen if his side are going to get the goals needed to take them onto the next step.
Newcomers Eastleigh have lost their inspirational skipper Glen Southam but the signing of striker James Constable is a sign of the clubs ambition, and some would say their spending power. Richard Hill and his team are also 11/1 to be the Conference Premier winners in a division that looks much stronger than last season. Expect improvements this season from the likes of Wrexham (12/1), Aldershot (28/1) and Forest Green Rovers (8/1).
Odds taken from Sky Bet and correct at time of writing (08/07/2014). New Sky Bet customers can get a free £30 matched bet, more info and up-to-date odds can be found at skybet.com