OXFORD United's recent near-misses have put them among the front-runners for Sky Bet League One promotion next season - but only just.

Sky Bet has the U's as joint-seventh favourites in the markets for winning the title, gaining promotion and finishing in the top six.

United reached the play-off semi-final last season and lost in the final the campaign before, but the odds perhaps show how tough League One will be in 2021/22.

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Perennial favourites Sunderland lead the way in all three markets, with newly-relegated Sheffield Wednesday just behind - despite the Hillsbrough outfit's financial woes.

Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town are joint-third favourites, while Rotherham United are equal-fifth with Portsmouth as they look to make an immediate return to the second tier.

Only then come United, who join newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers and play-off finalists Lincoln City at 14/1 to win League One.

The three sides are all 9/2 to gain promotion and 9/4 to finish in the top six.

Odds to win League One next season, according to Sky Bet:

  • Sunderland (4th in League One last season): 7/1
  • Sheffield Wednesday (24th in the Championship): 8/1
  • Charlton Athletic (7th in League One): 9/1
  • Ipswich Town (9th in League One): 9/1
  • Portsmouth (8th in League One): 12/1
  • Rotherham United (23rd in the Championship): 12/1
  • Bolton Wanderers (3rd in League Two): 14/1
  • Lincoln City (5th in League One): 14/1
  • Oxford United (6th in League One): 14/1
  • Wycombe Wanderers (22nd in the Championship): 16/1