Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City return to league action at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, having both struggled against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup last weekend.
Conference promotion hopefuls Wrexham took Brighton to a replay, while the Robins were knocked out by League Two leaders Crawley Town.
The Seagulls began 2012 by shocking Championship table-toppers Southampton with an emphatic 3-0 win.
And although that result was preceded by four straight defeats, they have won four of their last five matches at home, which is the joint best record in the division.
Bristol City’s away form has been key as they have edged slowly but surely away from the relegation zone, picking up more points on the road than anybody else in the bottom half of the table.
Given that neither of these sides have scored in the first half in their last six matches, the offer of a goalless first half at 33/20 is certainly worth considering.
With both teams boosted by impressive victories last time out in the league, a tight game could well be on the cards. The draw is priced at 21/10, with Albion at 23/20 and City at 12/5.
Before hitting three last time out, Brighton had scored only once in December. Their opponents fared even worse in front of goal, hitting the net just three times in their last six games.
With this in mind, a low-scoring draw seems almost inevitable. You can get odds of 25/4 for both teams to cancel each other out in a 0-0 draw, but the 1-1 scoreline at 19/4 is perhaps more likely.
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Alternatively, given that neither of these sides have scored in the first half in their last six matches, the offer of a goalless first half at 33/20 is certainly worth considering.
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