Huddersfield Town take on Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday with both sides looking to consolidate their places in the top eight of the Championship table.
The Terriers are rated as a 17/10 chance in bwin’s 3way football betting market, while the draw is 9/4 and Gus Poyet’s men have been installed as the 6/4 favourites.
On first viewing, it is perhaps a little surprising that the away side are awarded top billing from a betting perspective here, given that Town are unbeaten in three matches, winning two of those.
Simon Grayson’s men are also unbeaten in their last three at home, seeing off Wolves and Bristol City and drawing 2-2 with Blackburn last time out.
In eight matches at the John Smith’s Stadium this season, they have only lost twice, winning four games in that time and pushing them up to sixth in the Championship table.
Brighton, for their part, are also in decent form, having not tasted defeat in four games – although three of these ended in draws, with the only win coming 1-0 at home to Peterborough.
On the road, the Seagulls have drawn three of their last four matches, losing the other at Leicester, and Poyet will be concerned that his side’s last away victory came at the end of September against Millwall.
Albion’s previous away match was a thrilling 3-3 draw with Wolves last weekend and when you consider that Huddersfield’s last home result was a 2-2 draw with Blackburn, we could have a real cracker on our hands on Saturday.
The fact that both teams are so evenly matched – not to mention Brighton’s propensity for sharing the spoils on their travels – means that the draw instantly looks the best bet in the 3way market, with the 1-1 and 2-2 results therefore also worthy of interest at 5/1 and 27/2 respectively.
On top of that, a closer look at the statistics reveals that Brighton have been drawing at half-time in each of their last four away matches.
A repeat on Saturday could merit some heavy investment at 21/20, but with the case for the scores to be level at 90 minutes being so strong, the draw/draw selection in the half-time/full-time market suddenly appears very tempting at 15/4.
New bwin customers who register here can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on the match to be all square at both the interval and the full-time whistle would provide winnings of £95 if successful.
This bet would have landed in three of Brighton’s last four away matches – and seven of their last 20 at any venue – and it is surely worth serious consideration at the price on offer.