Two promoted sides who have been brought back down to earth in the Championship face off this weekend as Brighton & Hove Albion head to Peterborough United.
With both teams in mid-table mediocrity, Peterborough will look to use their good home form to stay well clear of relegation against a Brighton side that have gone off the boil after their impressive start to the season.
A Posh win is priced at evens in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, while a Seagulls victory is at 5/2 and a draw can be had at 12/5.
Peterborough have developed a reputation as an adventurous attacking side who score plenty of goals, but also concede quite a few in the process.
This is borne out by the fact that they are the second-top scorers in the league with 44 goals, while also conceding 42 – only Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers have shipped more.
However, in recent weeks Posh have kept things a lot tighter at the back, with their attacking menace also suffering as a result.
A closer look at the Seagulls’ recent form shows that they have scored just once in their last seven league matches outside the comforts of the Amex Stadium, losing five of them.
In fact, their last six games since a crazy 4-3 home defeat by Barnsley on December 3rd have all featured less than three goals.
And with Brighton’s 13 matches on the road thus far containing just 23 goals – the second-lowest tally of any away team in the division – then backing under 2.5 goals to be scored at London Road at odds of 19/20 could well pay off.
A closer look at the Seagulls’ recent form also shows that they have scored just once in their last seven league matches outside the comforts of the Amex Stadium, losing five of them.
On top of that, Gus Poyet’s men could be affeected by fatigue after being taken all the way to penalities by Wrexham in their FA Cup third-round replay at the Racecourse Ground in midweek.
Taking all this into account, the best bet on offer may well be Peterborough to win to nil, which is available at a very tempting 5/2.
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It should be noted that the Seagulls did win both meetings between the sides last season and also defeated Posh 2-0 on home soil earlier this term.
However, I suspect that run will come to an end on Saturday, with Darren Ferguson’s men recording a victory which would move them to within two points of Brighton in the Championship table.
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