There is very little to separate Huddersfield Town and AFC Bournemouth this year, which should make for some interesting betting odds as the sides clash in the League One play-offs.
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Dean Court typified recent matches between the clubs, with the preceding two games also unable to produce a winner.
Indeed, the Terriers have beaten Bournemouth just twice in the last five meetings, and then only by one goal on both occasions.
In addtion, a look at the teams’ attacking and defending stats reveals little to tell the clubs apart. Lee Clark’s side have scored an average of 1.66 goals per game while shipping just 1.04 at the other end.
By way of contrast, the Cherries, now under the guidance of Lee Bradbury following the mid-season departure of Eddie Howe, have scored an average of 1.62 goals, while letting in 1.17 per game.
However, tomorrow night’s hosts are now on a 26-game unbeaten run and as such are odds-on favourites to win the clash at 7/10.
Those expecting another tight affair can back the draw at 23/10, while Bournemouth, who have already exceeded all expectations this season, are priced at 7/2 to pull off an upset.
Football betting enthusiasts looking to squeeze some last winnings from the final few games of the season could be attracted to the handicap betting odds.
With bwin offering 19/10 on Huddersfield emerging victorious despite a one-goal handicap in favour of the visitors to Galpharm Stadium, punters could almost double their money.
Alternatively, with games between the Terriers and tomorrow’s opponents being notoriously close – only one of the last five meetings has seen more than two goals – some punters could be tempted to bet on a low-scoring affair.
A goalless draw is priced at 8/1, while odds of 4/1 and 27/10 can be had on the game seeing one or two goals respectively.
Bournemouth have lost some prolific strikers this term, following moves to Bristol City and Millwall for Brett Pitman and Josh McQuoid, meaning the likes of Marc Pugh, Steve Fletcher and Liam Feeney will need to be on form to bring down the Terriers.
Meanwhile, the hosts boast a healthy strike force of their own, with both Jordan Rhodes and Anthony Pilkington hitting double figures in the league this season.
The attackers could be tempted to look for openings as the game approaches the latter stages in the knowledge that Bournemouth have conceded 21 of their 55 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches this term.
Therefore, some of the sensible money could be placed on Huddersfield winning the second half of the match, with bwin offering odds of 23/20.
However, those expecting an upset could back the Cherries to have the better of game after the interval at 16/5.
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