AS TOWN’S play-off place is now secured, their home clash against Colchester is essentially a dead rubber, much to the relief of home fans, who would otherwise have faced a nervy 90 minutes.

As it is, only Town’s final position and play-off opponent remain undecided, so they will be in a relaxed mood ahead of the visit of the U’s.

Bearing this in mind, as well as Town’s solitary home defeat, Ladbrokes make the Terriers odds-on favourites at 4/5 while Colchester are chalked up by Betfred at 4/1 and Betdaq rate the draw at 5/2.

Those predicting that Lee Clark’s charges, reluctant to risk injury, will take their foot off the gas might fancy the latter, as well as totesport’s 14/1, marked against a 2-2 stalemate.

However Clark will want his side to go in to the play-offs with some momentum so Town will be under instructions not to slacken off.

A narrow victory seems likely and the Terriers are 13/5 (888Sport) to shade it by a one-goal margin.

Taking that a step further in an open clash that should produce three or more goals (3/4,, Stan James quote 7/1 for Town to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and Paddy Power offer odds of 7/2 for them to triumph having gone in on level terms at the break.

Partybets, meanwhile, rate Clark’s troops at 9/20 to break the deadlock and the duo deemed the most dangerous in terms of grabbing that opener are Jordan Rhodes and Theo Robinson, 9/2 (bet365) and 5/1 (William Hill) respectively to put Town 1-0 up.

Finally, for those looking further ahead, Town are now 5/2 with Victor Chandler to gain promotion to the Championship.

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