Under normal circumstances, backing Peterborough to beat Barnsley would make sense due to their home advantage and the amount of goals they generally score.
However, the draw, priced at 23/10, looks to be the best option in bwin’s 3Way football betting market as the away side come into this fixture having not played in midweek, unlike Posh, who went down 3-2 at Reading on Tuesday.
In addition, Barnsley have won their last two Championship matches, the most recent of which being a morale-boosting away triumph over Yorkshire rivals Leeds.
Still, if you expect one of these sides to pick up the three points, Posh are priced at 19/20 and a Barnsley win is available at 11/4.
Looking elsewhere, there’s plenty of value in betting on Barnsley to score the first goal, which is priced at 27/20.
They tend to score just over 50% of their goals in the first half and Peterborough have also conceded 19 of their 34 goals before half time. With their fresher legs, the Tykes will come out of the blocks quickly and could catch the hosts off-guard.
Football betting fans receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin.com and placing it on Barnsley to score first would offer returns of £58.75 if they indeed break the deadlock at London Road.
As for backing a correct scoreline, a 1-1 draw offers most appeal at odds of 23/4.
Admittedly, there are often far more goals in Peterborough’s games than this, with seven of their nine home matches so far this term containing three or more (over 2.5 goals is available at 31/50).
But their patchy form and the impact of their efforts at the Madejski will mean it’s going to be tough for them to be free-scoring, particularly against a Barnsley rearguard which has only conceded a respectable 22 goals this season.
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