IT SEEMS almost unfair that a team on a 25-match unbeaten run have to settle for the uncertainty of a play-off battle.

But that’s the situation Town face, and they are 7/4 with Ladbrokes to ultimately secure the promotion most would say their performances merit.

Bournemouth stand between Lee Clark’s men and a place in the Old Trafford final, but Town are expected to qualify from the two-legged tie.

Betdaq make them odds-on at 1.53 (8/15) to get through. Nevertheless, bookies are finding it tough to decipher the first leg at Dean Court, where Coral price both teams at 13/8 but Totesport make the hosts slight outsiders at 9/5.

A draw might prove popular amongst punters at 23/10 (Paddy Power) while a 1-1 scoreline is considered a distinct possibility, hence William Hill’s 6/1.

That result wouldn’t be a bad one for Town, who are 4/9 with Stan James to crucially avoid defeat on the South coast, although Clark is unlikely to play for a stalemate, knowing that a victory would be hugely advantageous going back to the Galpharm on Wednesday.

Town are 10/3 courtesy of bet365 to shade the first leg by a one-goal margin and in a clash priced by Victor Chandler at 21/20 to produce three or more goals, a 2-1 triumph is chalked up by Betfred at 10/1.

It’s set to be a close affair and a case can be made for Sportingbet’s 5/1 marked against the first half finishing level, only for Town to seal victory in the second period.

In attack Partybets price Clark’s troops at 4/5 to break the deadlock and Benik Afobe, who has notched three times in his last two outings, is 13/2 with Coral to fire that opener.

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