The new League One season gets underway on Saturday with the third tier looking the most competitive of the three EFL divisions in 2021-22.

At least a dozen teams will harbour genuine ambitions of automatic promotion while more will be targeting a tilt at the play offs.

League One is home to some stellar names in English football who will be desperate to make it back to the second tier.

Chief among them are Ipswich who are the favourites for the league title (6/1 League One outright) following a very proactive summer.

Manager Paul Cook was highly critical of his squad last season and has overseen a total rebuild with MK Dons creator Scott Fraser and Barnsley forward Conor Chaplin among their key signings.

Cook has three EFL titles on his CV as a manager and Ipswich are in excellent shape for a serious bid.

Rotherham (12/1 outright) are the EFL’s perennial yo-yo team so Paul Warne’s men cannot be discounted.

The Millers are very hard to play against with a direct, all-action style and they have managed to keep most of their squad together following relegation.

Sunderland’s (13/2 outright) League One nightmare has extended to a fourth season but Lee Johnson in his first full season in charge will hope to stamp his authority.

Losing top scorer Charlie Wyke to Wigan is a blow but at 35-years-old, Aiden McGeady continues to be a matchwinning talent who will carry a lot of the Black Cats.

Elsewhere, Charlton (9/1 outright) have finally hit a period of stability under Nigel Adkins, another manager with League One promotions on his CV, while the Cowley brothers always seem to deliver the goods as Portsmouth (10/1) fans will be keen to see more.

Darren Moore will have his work cut out as Sheffield Wednesday (8/1 outright) try and rebuild their squad following relegation while Wigan (12/1) under Leam Richardson have spent heftily as their financial woes appear to be behind them.

At the wrong end of the table, the feel-good factor at both Cambridge (6/5 relegation) and Morecambe (EVS) could wear off very quickly.

The U’s – last season’s League Two winners – have lost their top scorer Paul Mullin and his goals will be very hard to replace.

The Shrimps lost their best player in Carlos Mendes Gomes and also their manager – Derek Adams was lured back to League Two to take charge of Bradford.

Steve Evans’ Gillingham (4/1 relegation) are in the same boat after Jordan Graham and Connor Ogilvie both departed while Harry Chapman is no longer at Shrewsbury (4/1) – those players will be big misses from their respective former clubs.

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