Bury manager Richie Barker has called on his side to be resilient after the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Leicester City, claiming “good teams don’t lose two games in a row”.
Well, their next opponents, Charlton Athletic, are yet to lose any games this season. Their 2-1 victory over Championship side Reading in midweek was impressive, especially considering that manager Chris Powell made eleven changes to the starting line-up.
However, after securing promotion from League Two, Bury have not looked a bad side either. They find themselves in the top six and have shown little respect to reputations, beating Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry already this season.
So as it stands on bwin.com, the match is priced up at 9/5 for Bury, 11/5 on the draw and 13/10 on a Charlton away win.
However, the Addicks arrive at Gigg Lane with the league’s joint-best defensive record, having conceded only three goals, while also enjoying the second-best attack with nine goals.
Therefore, backing more than 2.5 goals in this game, at odds of evens, looks a simple way of doubling your money, especially with strikers like Bradley Wright-Phillips and Ryan Lowe on the pitch.
In terms of the order of goalscoring, one significant statistic is that neither team
has conceded in the first half of any league game. If you think this record will be
preserved you can back the score to be 0-0 at half-time at odds of 17/10.
However, there is a counter statistic to consider, which is that Charlton have scored in the first half of every game they have played this season.
For that reason, backing Charlton to be 2-0 up at half-time, as they have been
in both of their previous away games this season, looks like a punt worth making at odds of 10/1.
Using a £25 free bet, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, on this selection would return £275.
So, with both teams conceding all of their goals in the second half, the final 45
minutes should be very entertaining.
Backing both teams to score at 7/10 should be a priority bet, while Charlton being
ahead at half-time and holding on for the win at full-time, at odds of 16/5, is where
the smart money will go.
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