The season is almost at the halfway point and it’s safe to say that it’s been a bit of a mixed bag across the National League divisions.
The big hitters are all generally there or thereabouts, while there’s also been a number of teams who are ruffling plenty of feathers in their quest for promotion.
Heading into a busy Christmas period, we decided to explore who the bookmakers are backing to come out on top and where the value is in the promotion stakes.
As you’d probably expect, Salford City are currently the standout favourites to finish top of the league, with the Class of 92 club currently in what looks to be a three way battle with Leyton Orient and Wrexham.
Salford are currently priced at around 13/10, with Orient just behind at 13/8. Wrexham and Fylde, who currently sit fourth, offer better value, both at 12/1.
With the best upcoming betting offers 2019 has to offer beginning to appear, we’ll likely see a high level of betting before the odds begin to drop following the festive period.
National League North
Having battled relegation for a number of seasons, Bradford Park Avenue now find themselves top of the National League North.
Gavin Cowan’s men have a good run of fixtures going into Christmas, facing strugglers Southport and Hereford but Chorley are also breathing down their neck and have two games in hand.
The Lancashire outfit are favourites to win the league at 15/8 with the camp confident they can achieve promotion this season.
Just four points currently separates the top six and six the top eight, so they’ll all still have their eyes on the automatic promotion slot.
The bookmakers are favouring Park Avenue (11/2) and Chester (13/2) ahead of Spennymoor, Kidderminster and back-to-back promotions for Altrincham, while there’s also potential value in Stockport at 12/1. Although they currently have to crawl back a 10 point deficit.
National League South
It’s right at the top in the southern section too. Glenn Tamplin’s Billericay Town are the obvious favourites for automatic promotion, although Welling and Woking join the club in the top three, with just three points separating them.
Woking have the FA Cup still to contend with this weekend, which will bring vital funds into the club and could help them strengthen for the rest of the season, while Billericay are never afraid to spend to get what they want.
The Essex side are priced at 11/8 currently, with Woking second favourite at 11/2.
Torquay, currently in fourth after 17 games are third favourites and a good outside bet at 6/1, with Welling having a price of 9/1.
It’s hard to look past Billericay, who are currently marching their way through the leagues, but life is unpredictable at New Lodge, which those behind them will latch onto.
December and January will be season defining for the promotion candidates and with it so tight at the top of every league the odds will continue to fluctuate with every twist and turn.