If history is anything to go by, fewer things in football a more certain than a 1-0 win for Lokomotiv Moscow over Spartak Nalchik.
Four of the last five encounters between the two sides have ended with that result, with the other match producing a 1-1 draw.
As such, Loko appear to have earned the right to enter this forthcoming match as odd-on favourites.
bwin has the Railroaders as a 33/100 to win in front of their home fans, while Nalchik are seen as rank outsiders at 8/1.
With one draw to their name in recent games against Loko, some betting enthusiasts could be tempted to back the stalemate at 18/5.
This bet looks all the more attractive when looking into the visitors’ form so far this season.
Aside from losing 2-0 to second-placed Anzhi last time out, the Eagles have drawn four consecutive matches.
Indeed, of the 12 matches they have featured in thus far, they have secured just one win, five losses and no less than six draws.
With the hosts offering little in the way of a return for those betting on a home win, some fans could be tempted to send a little help in the way of the White-Reds.
Giving Nalchik a 2-0 head start sees the odds improve for Loko fans. Backing the home side to win despite a 2-0 handicap is priced at 12/5, which could see returns of £85 should fans use the free £25 bet offered by bwin on this result.
Given that four of the last five clashes have ended 1-0 to Loko, some punters could look to take advantage of the wide range of bets bwin has made available for the game.
Betting on exactly one goal to be scored offers odds of 4/1, while anyone expecting a little more can find two goals priced at 14/5.
Perhaps more interesting though, is the fact that most of the action in games involving these two sides has come in the second half.
Loko have scored 13 of their 19 goals this season after the break, but have let in nine of their 12 conceded during the same period.
Spartak are also more prolific after the interval, with the second 45 minutes of matches accounting for 90 per cent of their goals scored.
With this in mind, and Loko’s penchant for a 1-0 win over Nalchik, fans could be tempted to bet on a 0-0 score at half time at 2/1, followed by a 1-0 full time result at 21/4.
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