TOWN’S inconsistent form continued when they were edged out at home to Southend and bookies are tipping a second defeat in a row at Scunthorpe.

They are Betdaq’s 7/2 outsiders for the points and 5/6 with Betfred to leave Glanford Park empty-handed.

However, as the Terriers have won their last couple on the road and the hosts suffered a heartbreaking extra-time defeat in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy final, there’s a sense that this clash could be closer than the odds suggest.

Coral’s 5/2 for the spoils to be shared won’t be without its backers, alongside’s 15/1 posted against a 2-2 scoreline or, at the other end of the draw spectrum, the 11/1 offered by Sportingbet for neither side to break the deadlock.

Town of course, defeated the Iron 2-0 at the Galpharm earlier in the campaign but while a repeat of that result, at 25/1 with Boylesports, is deemed relatively unlikely, confident punters may still fancy Clark’s side to come out on top by a more slender one-goal margin; an outcome bet365 chalk up at 5/1.

Subsequently, Blue Square’s 9/1 for Clark’s charges to notch once without reply and even Victor Chandler’s 14/1 for them to register a 2-1 triumph might also snare one or two, as could the 13/2 on offer with Stan James for the Terriers to be in front at both the interval and the 90-minute mark.

In attack, Town failed to fire last week, but they’re odds on at 8/15 (Blue Square) to find the net in this one, with bet365 making Anthony Pilkington a 9/1 shot to strike the opener.

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