Many of a football season’s characteristics lend themselves to easy comparison with the Grand National.
Both invariably develop into a relentless slog, their respective participants tiring visibly as they encounter a regular flow of obstacles.
And many fail to stay the course, with injury, loss of manager/jockey or exhaustion accounting for the rapid fading of pre-race optimism.
But while there can be only one Aintree winner, football offers a series of opportunities to win trophies, promotion, or to be hailed simply for avoiding relegation.
Both Huddersfield Town and Wolves still have plenty to play for as they endeavour to either avoid relegation (Town) or make a final bid to secure a play-off berth (Wolves).
Home advantage accounts for Town’s installation as Ladbrokes’ 7/5 favourites to claim three points, whereas Wolves, who boast an away record to match any of their Championship peers, can be backed at 9/4 with William Hill.
The draw is offered at 12/5 by Boylesports.
The Championship suffered from a dearth of goals last Saturday – only 24 were scored in 11 fixtures and three matches ended 0-0.
And punters expecting more of the same can get 9/1 (Winner.com) against this contest finishing goalless.
As the season gallops towards its finale, the absence of goals (10 Championship sides kept a clean sheet last Saturday) is worthy of note.
It is often the case that a 1-1 draw is the correct score market’s most popular outcome (the likelihood of us seeing the same result at the John Smith’s Stadium is priced at 6/1 by Skybet).
But there’s a greater chance that the match will be settled by a single goal.
Not one Championship contest ended 1-1 last weekend and while this might be an isolated case, the fact that more than a third of the division’s fixtures were decided by one goal could persuade punters that BetVictor’s 3/1 for Town to win by a one-goal margin is the most compelling wager.
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