There were 33 goals scored in the Championship last weekend with slightly more (17) scored by home teams than by those playing at away, a trend Huddersfield supporters no doubt hope will continue on Saturday when their team faces in-form Hull City priced as Betfred’s 23/10 underdogs.
Punters analysing scoring trends in greater depth will note that last weekend’s average goals-per-game across each of England’s top four divisions exceeded 2.5, with the Championship’s average breaching the 2.7 mark.
Backers anticipating another weekend of goalscoring prowess might be persuaded by Betway’s 8/11 for Saturday’s contest at the John Smiths Stadium to produce more than 2.5 goals. In other markets, Jamie Paterson is Ladbrokes’ 11/2 choice to open the scoring.
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Throughout any season, the vast majority of goals arrive late. Last weekend, for instance, more than a quarter of the Championship’s total goals came after the 75th minute, with over two-thirds of these registered after the 85th minute. Backers expecting more of the same at Huddersfield on Saturday (and why wouldn’t they?) can get even money (Sportingbet) against the game’s last goal being scored in the 76th minute or later.
More precise folks may prefer William Hill’s 11/10 for the contest’s final successful strike being scored after the 85th minute.
Hull, priced at a lengthy-looking 11/8 to win by bet365, will present Huddersfield with a stern challenge, although this could be a boon for astute backers. There are a number of punters who make money by opposing apparently clear-cut trends, an attitude which explains why Skybet’s 10/1 for the match to finish goalless has attracted support. The same could be said of Stan James’s even money for the contest to yield fewer than 2.5 goals, or of the 13/2 chalked by Winner against Huddersfield securing a much-needed 1-0 victory and three vital points.
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