The new football season still resembles the opening stages of an Olympic 10,000m race as teams jockey for early position in a mix of elbows, pushing and hesitancy which ensures that as yet, no discernible pattern has emerged.

Huddersfield Town and Barnsley, who meet at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, know that taking maximum points could propel them right to the front of the race.

Punters should, however, take note of the research completed by the match stats team at which shows that although Town annihilated Barnsley when the pair last met in the Championship in 2013/14, winning 5-0, the previous five meetings ended either all-square or were settled by a single goal.

Another stalemate, priced at 5/2 by Skybet, cannot be discounted.

Nonetheless, 10Bet price Town at even money to register victory, though the likelihood of another draw, rated a 5/2 shot (Bwin), has attracted sustained attention.

The Reds kick off priced as Betfred’s 3/1 underdogs.

Barnsley surged into the League I play-offs last term and with another Yorkshire derby next week (at home to Rotherham United), followed by two tough away matches (Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers), their playing style could be adapted and become more defensive.

Accordingly, it’s no surprise to report that the most popular result in the correct score markets is 1-1, priced at 11/2 by Ladbrokes.

Punters who suspect Town can claim all three points can get 13/2 (Paddy Power) against them securing a 1-0 victory, while Coral have 15/2 chalked against a 2-1 home success.

Odds supplied by, the customisable odds comparison site.

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