Preston North End have a good chance of putting their poor run of form behind them when the visit an equally out of sorts Rochdale side in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this evening.
The Lilywhites lost 5-2 to league leaders Charlton on Saturday and have not won a game since a 4-3 win over Wycombe on 27th September in a run lasting eight matches.
Coincidentally, Rochdale’s last win was also against Wycombe, with their most recent success coming on 1st October.
This makes their winless run slightly shorter at seven games, although both sides have enjoyed penalty shoot-out success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy during this time.
With the two teams in such poor form the winner is hard to pick, although punters may not need to worry about which team is going through to the next round to earn money from the fixture.
This is because odds of 31/20 are available on there being more than 3.5 goals in the game, which looks good value given Preston’s recent results.
Five losses and a draw has not stopped Phil Brown’s men from scoring plenty of goals and they remain the third most prolific side in the division.
And with their last five games all featuring four or more goals, another high-scoring encounter appears on the cards.
A successful £25 free bet on there to be over 3.5 goals in Rochdale’s game against Preston North End would return £63.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
With Preston in decent form in front of goal – they have scored nine times in their last five games – they look most likely to progress to the next round, with Rochdale only averaging one goal a game over the same timeframe.
As such, odds of 3/2 on a Preston win in 90 minutes look tempting, with a draw priced at 23/10 and Rochdale victory at 29/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
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