Promotion-chasing Hull City welcome Huddersfield Town to the KC Stadium on Saturday lunchtime looking to steal a march on the teams around them ahead of the 3pm kick-offs.
The Tigers head into the game having won their last two Championship matches 2-1, both of which were on the road, the latest being an impressive victory at in-form Watford.
On home soil, Hull’s form isn’t quite so rosy. Just one point and no goals scored in their last two outings on their own patch (although their 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace wasn’t the worst result in the world) will give Huddersfield hope of an upset here.
But in fairness to Steve Bruce’s men, they have generally been solid at the KC Stadium, winning six games already, and they would be higher than fourth in the table were it not for a temporary blip when they lost to Blackpool and Peterborough in quick succession.
Huddersfield, for their part, have faded in recent weeks after a bright start and currently sit 15th in the table having picked up just two points from their last five matches.
In all likelihood they will neither challenge for promotion nor get dragged into a relegation scrap, but boss Simon Grayson will be desperate for his men to get back on track on Humberside.
Away from home, the Terriers have lost three of their last five games, picking up only a 1-0 win against Barnsley in that time and failing to score in two of those matches.
That poor form perhaps explains why Huddersfield are the 7/2 outsiders in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with Hull odds-on favourites at 3/4 and the draw available at 5/2.
Beyond this market, both teams to score looks a reasonable short-priced option at 7/10, considering both teams have scored in four of Huddersfield’s last five matches and five of Hull’s last seven.
However, my main bet for this match is the 2/1 on a goalless first half, which would return £60 for new customers successfully backing it with their free £20 bet after registering.
Huddersfield have only scored twice in their last thee away matches and Hull have failed to score in their last two home games, so it could well be a cagey opening period in this Yorkshire derby.
Factor in the early kick-off, which often sees teams struggle to click into gear straight away, and there is every chance that the score will be 0-0 at the half-time whistle.