DEFEAT at Crewe meant Town lost ground in the race for a League I play-off place.

And the bookies predict they will again emerge empty-handed at Edgeley Park, where they lock horns tomorrow with another side seeking a top six berth, Stockport County.

The hosts, Betdaq’s 11/8 favourites, have won two of their last three so it’s perhaps no surprise that Town, who have lost more times than they have won on the road, are priced at as high as 2/1 by Jenningsbet to land all three points

The draw is considered even less likely by Coral, who make Lee Clark’s charges 12/5 to grab a share of the spoils.

Nevertheless, Town secured a point the last time the pair met, at the Galpharm on the opening day of the campaign, and punters recalling that encounter may therefore fancy a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline at 11/2 with Stan James or Victor Chandler’s 4/1 for the clash to be level as each half comes to a close.

As underdogs, Town are as high as 4/6 (Sportingbet) to avoid defeat and punters can also play a little safer with Blue Square, who make them a chunky 4/11 just to get on the scoresheet.

Elsewhere, Betfred cater for optimists by posting odds of 11/1 against a 2-1 Town triumph, Boylesports’ 13/2 for Clark’s team to come out on top following a level opening 45 minutes is also clearly designed with confident travelling fans in mind and the same can be said of the 4/1 that bet365 offer for an away win by a one-goal margin.

Betdaq quote evens for the two sides to conjure up three or more strikes between them and the first of any goals is a tasty 8/1 with bet365 to arrive courtesy of Lukas Jutkiewicz; the online firm offering the same price for Andy Booth.

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