With less than one week until the 2022/23 season kicks off, Non League Daily prices up the best odds for the 2022/23 National League title.
After a pulsating 2021/22 campaign, the National League is gearing up for its return.
Stockport County ended their 11-year Football League hiatus by lifting the National League title last time around.
Joining them back in the Football League were Grimsby Town, who triumphed over Solihull Moors in the playoff final at the London Stadium.
Heading in the opposite direction were Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic, with the Latics dropping out of the Football League for the first time in their history.
Becoming the first team to drop from the Premier League into non-league, anticipation is building ahead of Oldham’s maiden National League season.
However, despite their pedigree, few are tipping the Latics to earn immediate promotion back to League Two at the first time of asking.
Alongside Oldham and Scunthorpe, Dorking Wanderers, Gateshead, Maidstone United and York City will also feature in the National League this season.
Dorking, like Oldham, will be competing in their maiden National League campaign, having earned promotion from the National League South last season.
But who has the best odds to lift the National League title come the end of the season?
It had looked at one point as if Southend United may have been plying their trade in the National League South this season, such was their woeful start to the 2021/22 campaign.
Alas, a revival under Kevin Maher, steered by the brains of ex-Shrimpers legend Stan Collymore upstairs led Southend to a comfortable mid-table finish.
While the odds suggest a Southend title victory is unlikely to happen, at 18/1, the Shrimpers could prove a profitable bet come the end of the campaign.
Just two weeks ago, there may have made more sense in backing Oldham to go down, as oppose to winning the National League title itself.
Two weeks is a long time in football, and since new owners were confirmed at Boundary Park, there has been a renewed sense of optimism within the Latics ranks.
It will be a tough task in their first season as a National League side, but stranger things have certainly happened.
Defeat in last season’s National League playoff final to Grimsby represented a bitter blow in the astronomical rise of Solihull, but Neal Ardley’s side will return looking to go one better this year.
Not considered in the same bracket as the division’s heavy-weights, Solihull will face a tough task if they’re to win automatic promotion.
Still, they’re always there or thereabouts come the end of the campaign, with a Moors title win at 12/1 an intriguing pick.
In pole position at the turn of the year, a combination of scandals and injuries derailed Chesterfield’s 2021/22 title challenge, with the Spireities then unable to earn promotion via the playoffs.
After a successful pre-season, Paul Cook’s side are confident of maintaining a title challenge this time around.
They enter the campaign as one of the favourites, and should Kabongo Tshimanga manage to re-find the form he was operating with before his season-ending injury, there could be profit to be made from Chesterfield at 8/1.
Billed as one of the strongest challengers for the National League title this season, Notts County will be hoping to end their three-year hiatus from the Football League this season.
Disappointment in the playoffs have plagued Notts County’s time as a National League club so far, with the Magpies eyeing up automatic promotion instead.
Some stellar purchases in the transfer window, notably Gateshead duo Cedwyn Scott and Macaulay Langstaff, could see Notts County’s odds of 6/1 come in.
Depending on who you ask, this season’s National League title is already a foregone conclusion, with the odds suggesting that could also be the case.
A formidable force in the fifth tier, Wrexham pushed Stockport close last season, but the Welsh outfit are being tipped as the favourites for title glory this season.
The sensible pick for the title, but perhaps not the most profitable, Wrexham enter the campaign at 6/5 favourites to win the league.
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