Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers collide at the John Smith’s Stadium this evening and the bookmakers at bwin are seemingly unable to split the two Championship promotion chasers.
Both teams are currently available at 8/5 for the win, while the draw is at 11/5, which is probably to be expected, considering the two sides currently sit sixth and seventh in the table, both on 23 points, only separated by goal difference.
Henning Berg took charge of his first game as Blackburn manager on Saturday afternoon, but was left disappointed as his new side were beaten 2-0 at in-form Crystal Palace.
The former Rovers defender must be relishing the chance to manage his old club, but unfortunately he will be aware that a run of bad results could see him out of the door extremely quickly.
Predecessor Steve Kean suffered a torrent of abuse every week while at the helm under the leadership of owners Venky’s and the big Norwegian will be desperate for his team to pick up three points very early in his tenure.
However, Huddersfield will certainly be no pushovers and Berg would have preferred an easier assignment than a clash with the dogged Terriers following the weekend defeat to the Eagles.
Simon Grayson’s side have possibly shocked a number of people with their impressive start to the season after their promotion from League One and their home form has been a big plus.
Four wins and a draw from their seven home fixtures has helped the Terriers climb the table and back-to-back promotions remains a very realistic target if they can continue to play in the same manner for the remainder of the season.
The Yorkshire outfit will have plenty of backers considering they have won their last two fixture in front of their own fans, but considering how evenly matched these two sides are, I am plumping for a draw.
Odds of 11/5 for this outcome are plenty big enough and new customers who back this selection with their free £20 bet after registering with bwin would pocket £64 if successful.
Alternatively, for punters who like to bet on surefire selections, over 1.5 goals in the game looks the pick at odds of 13/50.
Five of the seven games at the John Smith’s Stadium have finished with two or more goals being scored and when Blackburn have been on the road, only one fixture has seen less than 1.5 goals scored – so lump on and pick up some easy winnings.
As a final thought, it is worth noting that Jordan Rhodes will be returning to Huddersfield for the first time since his £8 million move to Blackburn in August.
The Scotland international scored an incredible 87 goals in 148 games for the Terriers and was a key factor in their promotion from League One last term.
It would be no surprise if he came back to haunt them this evening, so Rhodes to score first at 11/2 or to notch at any time at 6/4 are two prices which could also merit a small flutter.