Barnsley and Watford go into their Championship match at Oakwell on Saturday with almost identical records.
The duo sit in 16th and 17th place respectively in the table having both failed to win at home but won one and drawn two of their away matches. Indeed, the only factor that separates the two teams is the one goal difference in favour of the Tykes.
With there seeming to be so little between the two sides at this early stage of the season, all logic points towards a draw. You can back this outcome at 11/5, while a 0-0 snooze-fest is available at 27/4.
However, betting on a low-key 1-1 sharing of the spoils probably represents the best value at 5/1. Punters who join bwin.com and use their free £25 bet on this outcome would receive £150 in return if the scoreline materialises.
Despite languishing in the lower reaches of the table, Watford haven’t performed badly in front of goal and netted twice against both Birmingham City and Reading in their last two league outings. Barnsley have been less prolific, with just four goals in seven Championship matches.
You can back Watford to win and keep Barnsley waiting for a home success at 19/10, or take the Hornets to make it a hat-trick of matches in which they score twice by having a punt on a 2-0 victory for the visitors.
Nevertheless, the Tykes have scored the first goal of the game in three of their last four matches – they are available at to repeat the trick on Saturday.
From this point of view – and considering Barnsley’s struggles at Oakwell thus far – football betting fans looking for a tempting long shot could do worse than backing Barnsley/Watford in the half-time/full-time market at a whopping 35/1.
Punters who want to get on a correct scoreline in favour of Barnsley, who are priced at 27/20 for the win, should plump for a 1-0 success at 27/4.
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