TOWN played in front of fewer than 10,000 supporters a week on average last season, but they will be roared on by some huge crowds at the Galpharm this time after selling more than 16,100 season-tickets.
This is bound to be a boost for Stan Ternent’s side, who are fancied by bookmakers, not to mention Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell, to be a serious contender in League I.
Online firm VCBet offer the best odds, 16/1, for Town to clinch top spot, but even that price puts Ternent’s side right among the favourites, so there will be no shortage of supporters willing to back them at 11/2 (Coral) to gain promotion.
The first step on that journey is tomorrow as Ternent’s troops take on newly-promoted Stockport and Town are odds-on, at 9/10 with Betdaq, to make a winning start at the expense of the League I newcomers, Betdirect’s 4/1 outsiders.
The visitors will undoubtedly be out of the blocks quickly in their first match at this level.
But home advantage and quality should ultimately get one over on opening-day enthusiasm, meaning Town can shade it.
Betfred’s 7/1 for Town to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline is an attractive proposition, although slightly more confident home supporters may prefer Sportingbet’s 7/1 chalked against the Terriers notching twice without reply.
Those favouring the latter can also obtain even money (Partybets) for Ternent’s charges to keep a clean sheet and a generous 15/8 (Blue Square) for them to prevail without conceding.
At the other end, Keigan Parker and Phil Jevons are 11/2 and 9/2 respectively, with bet365, to fire Town into a 1-0 lead.
Meanwhile, if an each-way bet on the club fails to appeal, favourites Leeds (3/1, Jaxx.com) should finish there or thereabouts given that they start the campaign without a points-deduction, and relegated Leicester, a 9/2 chance with Canbet, can also mount a challenge.
Odds are supplied by www.betrescue.com.