VICTORY at Barnsley means Huddersfield Town occupy a Championship play-off place and Simon Grayson’s men have the chance to strengthen their grip on a top-six berth at home to Brighton, one of the teams in pursuit.

But despite enjoying home advantage and a loftier league position, Town are slight outsiders for the points at 15/8 via BetVictor, with the visitors a 17/10 chance courtesy of Ladbrokes. Meanwhile bet365 quote 12/5 for it to finish all square.

As there’s little between the sides in the table and indeed the odds, the stalemate will inevitably be popular, alongside William Hill’s 6/1 marked against a 1-1 scoreline, and home supporters might be keen to tread carefully by backing their team at 20/21 in Stan James’ ‘draw no bet’ market.

Bet365 also hand Town a goal start in the handicaps at 1/2, although there is cause to be a little more confident in Simon Grayson’s side, whose opponents have picked up only one win in their last nine games.

Subsequently, BetVictor’s 17/5 for Town to edge it by one will start to appear a little more attractive and the same can be said of Skybet’s 9/1 marked against a 2-1 triumph, a repeat of the outcome from the pair’s last meeting in Huddersfield in December 2010.

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Stan James rate Grayson’s troops at 19/5 to possess a lead at the end of each half and where goals are concerned, it’s 5/6 with the same firm for both teams to bag at least one.

Alternatively, the match is 21/20 (BetVictor) to produce three or more, the first of them 13/2 via bet365 to arrive courtesy of last week’s match-winner Jermaine Beckford.

It’s 11/10 at Paddy Power for the most goals to be struck in the second half.

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