Vanarama National League South: my thoughts on the betting odds

Recently, Betway have released their odds on who is most likely to win the Vanarama National League South in the 2017-18 season. Following Maidenhead and Ebbsfleet’s promotion last season, I take a look at the odds and run the rule over them:

Bath City

To start off with, I feel that Bath City are a side that certainly deserve a higher ranking, with their odds coming in at 12/1 and only leaving them 7th favourites to win the title. With Gary Owers having assembled a strong squad already over at Twerton Park with the signings of strikers Jamie Lucas and Nat Jarvis bolstering their front-line and experienced defenders Anthony Straker and Darren Jones, as well as young defender Miles Welch-Hayes.

Title race

The title race looks to be one which Betway are swinging in favour of Dartford, who are yet to make their move in the transfer window thus far, having only signed one player, Lyle Della Verde. Chelmsford are the side expected to be their closest challengers with their odds coming in at 7/1, the closest to the Darts 13/2 and with the Playoff finalists having beaten Dartford on aggregate in the semi-finals before losing to moneybags Ebbsfleet to miss out on promotion, manager Rod Stringer has added eleven new faces to his squad, in order to see their title hopes rise.

Relegation battle

The relegation battle again looks like one which will provide many thrills and spills if the odds are anything to go by. Somerset side Weston-Super-Mare are the side which have the misfortune of least likely to win the title at 66/1, with the Seagulls unable to put a full side out as of yet and having lost their manager and usual centre-back pairing just weeks ago, their odds certainly seem fair as things stand. Concord Rangers and Hemel Hempstead are the two other sides deemed to be in the relegation zone if the odds prove to be correct, with their chances of the title standing at 50/1 and 33/1 respectively. With these two sides not having had the best end to their 2016/17 campaigns, they both look like joining Weston as relegation battlers.

These betting odds have clearly shown that this season is set to be another cracking one in the southern section of England’s sixth tier, but as betting odds have shown before, anything is possible within football these days!

Feature Image credit: Steveboswell at English Wikipedia



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