IT WAS a keenly contested and fiery affair – but Huddersfield Town prevailed against Stevenage to extend their remarkable unbeaten run in League I to 37 matches.
And the bookies reckon they will have a slightly easier time of it tomorrow, Ladbrokes making them odds-on at 10/11 to get the better of bottom side Exeter.
The home team, Betdaq’s 4.5 (7/2) outsiders, are 11/4 via Victor Chandler to be the fifth team in seven matches to share the spoils with a travelling Town side.
The wary can tackle Paddy Power’s 2/5 marked against Lee Clark’s side’s ‘Draw No Bet’.
But the hosts have won just one of their last seven, so it’s hard not to fancy Town at 3/1 courtesy of bet365 to shade it by one at St James’ Park, where another 2-1 success is available with Betfred at 7/1 while Totesport offer 15/8 for Town to again have a lead at the end of each half.
Jordan Rhodes has returned from Scotland Under 21 duty in buoyant mood and is a 5/1 shot with Boylesports to break the deadlock.
The same firm price him at 13/8 to strike at any time in a clash that is 3/4 (Sportingbet) to produce three or more goals and the same price with Stan James for both sides to score.
For confident fans, Skybet offer Town at 21/10 in the handicaps, where the home side kick-off with a goal start.
More specifically, it’s 11/1 with Partybets for Clark’s charges to run out 3-1 winners.
l Odds by www.betrescue.com.