The EFL League Two fixture list for the forthcoming 2023/24 season has been announced, with National League winners beginning their bid for back-to-back promotions with a home game against MK Dons.
Phil Parkinson's side were imperious last season as they amassed 111 points to clinch promotion after a tussle for the ages with Notts County, who went on to achieve promotion via the play-offs.
Wrexham have been priced up at 10/3 to lift the League Two title in May and they will be confident of sealing three points on the opening day against an MK Dons side who will be keen to hit the ground running after their relegation from League One last season.
Meanwhile, Notts County, who are 7/4 for consecutive promotions, begin their return to the football league with a trip to Sutton United, who finished 14th last season.
Last season's beaten play-off finalists Stockport are highly fancied again, and they start as second favourites to win the league at 7/1. They begin with a home game against fellow promotion contenders Gillingham.
Morecambe, who are 7/2 to suffer back-to-back relegations, entertain Walsall on the opening day, while Accrington Stanley, also relegated from League One season, will play host to Newport County.
Forest Green were mightily impressive as they gained promotion from League Two two years ago, but after one year at a higher level they return the division with a home game with Salford. Duncan Ferguson's side are 33/1 to win the title this season.
Saturday 5th August:
Accrington Stanley (11/10) v Newport County (12/5)
Colchester United (13/8) v Swindon Town (13/8)
Crawley Town (2/1) v Bradford City (5/4)
Crewe Alexandra (15/8) v Mansfield Town (11/8)
Doncaster Rovers (4/5) v Harrogate Town (7/2)
Forest Green Rovers (11/8) v Salford City (15/8)
Grimsby Town (1/1) v AFC Wimbledon (11/4)
Morecambe (15/8) v Walsall (6/5)
Stockport County (11/10) v Gillingham (12/5)
Sutton United (2/1) v Notts County (13/10)
Tranmere Rovers (1/1) v Barrow ()
Wrexham (10/11) v Milton Keynes Dons (3/1)
Wrexham are the most backed EFL club by bet365 customers ahead of the new season, eclipsing bets on the likes of Leicester City to win the Championship, and Derby County to win League One.
bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Wrexham will be attracting huge attention off the pitch and the early signs are that punters can’t get enough of them.
“We’ve taken more combined single/multiple bets on the Ryan Reynolds/Rob McElhenney owned club than any other of the 91 as customers speculate on further big names joining the North Wales outfit.
“The ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ documentary may go on for a few more series’ yet with bookmakers already running scared as to where this team could end up.”
Stockport County, who will face a trip to Wrexham on the final day of the season are the next popular League Two side with customers, while Notts County complete the top three.
The Magpies will be hoping that the signing of David McGoldrick from Derby will inspire them to another promotion, and with Macaulay Longstaff alongside him, League Two defences will have their hands full.
"McGoldrick has unfinished business at his boyhood club and he turned down a number of offers at a higher level," added Steve Freeth.
"He wanted to return home and he will be an immense threat after bagging 22 goals in League One last season. Both the promoted clubs could be set to enjoy great seasons again, and our customers certainly think so!"
Tuesday 26th December 2023:
AFC Wimbledon v Sutton United
Barrow v Stockport County
Bradford City v Morecambe
Gillingham v Crawley Town
Harrogate Town v Accrington Stanley
Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town
Milton Keynes Dons v Colchester United
Newport County v Forest Green Rovers
Notts County v Doncaster Rovers
Salford City v Tranmere Rovers
Swindon Town v Wrexham
Walsall v Crewe Alexandra
Saturday 27th April 2024:
AFC Wimbledon v Walsall
Accrington Stanley v Tranmere Rovers
Barrow v Mansfield Town
Bradford City v Newport County
Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra
Crawley Town v Grimsby Town
Forest Green Rovers v Notts County
Gillingham v Doncaster Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons v Sutton United
Salford City v Harrogate Town
Swindon Town v Morecambe
Wrexham v Stockport County