Dean Saunders’ Saddlers know exactly what is expected of them when Luton travel to north Wales tomorrow (May 5th) for the first leg of their Conference Premier semi-final play-off.
Wrexham recently played the Hatters in the league and used the tie to weigh up their opponents, with the end result a 1-1 draw.
In fact, there is little to separate the Welsh side and Gary Brabin’s charges, with the last five meetings providing one draw and two wins for each side.
As such, football betting enthusiasts looking to earn a crust from the play-offs could be tempted to place a wager on a draw at the Racecourse Ground, with bwin pricing the stalemate at 21/10.
However, Wrexham enter the match as favourites to win the first leg of the tie at 27/20, while the visitors from Kenilworth Road are slight outsiders at 7/4.
With four of the last five encounters producing a win and last week’s draw largely down to the teams saving themselves for this tie, the 1/4 odds on either team winning could be seen as an easy route to success by those looking to make midweek football bets.
Having said that, the home side go into the tie in form, unbeaten in five and with three consecutive wins chalked up before their last Luton clash.
By way of contrast, the Hatters have won only two of their last six matches.
One thing for certain, though, is that the game will see its fair share of goals. Wrexham have gone 15 games since their last 0-0 bore draw and both sides boast prolific strikers.
The Saddlers’ Andy Mangan has hit 15 strikes this year, while Luton’s Matthew Barnes-Homer has hit one more with 16.
As such, there could be a lot of money placed on the goal bet markets, with odds of 19/20 available on the game seeing three or more goals.
Luton were among the most offensive teams in the Conference Premier regular season this year, hitting 1.85 goals per game. Therefore, the 3/10 price on the game producing more than two goals could also prove a tempting proposition.
The Hatters have also been able to finish games on a high on many occasions this term, scoring 19 of their 85 goals in the last 15 minutes, while their hosts have conceded no less than 15 times during the same period.
This means some sensible money could go on a half-time draw ending up as a full-time away win.
At 23/4 with bwin, those placing £10 on such a bet would see returns of £67.50.
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