Bookies often base some of their early-season match odds on the outcome of recent contests between two teams, a process punters can emulate easily enough.

But they would need long memories to recall the last time Huddersfield Town locked horns with Newcastle United.

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The pair last played a league game in the old Second Division (now Championship) in 1983/84, sharing the points in a 2-2 draw.

The likelihood of that scoreline being repeated is considered a 14/1 shot by Ladbrokes.

Though Newcastle have lengthened slightly in the Championship title betting (to 23/10 with Unibet) following their opening-day defeat at Fulham, as they have the benefit of home advantage, Marathonbet install them as 4/6 favourites to secure maximum points against Town.

David Wagner's side, who scored an impressive win over Brentford, travel to St James’ Park priced as William Hill’s massive 11/2 underdogs.

The draw is offered at 3/1 by Skybet, odds likely to appeal to those who agree that August’s league fixtures tend to be closer than at other times of the season.

According to the match stats team at, this theory would suggest that considering some form of insurance when placing a bet makes sense.

That’s despite statistics showing that the concentration of low-scoring draws and narrow victories is no greater in August than in say, April.

Nevertheless, a 1-1 outcome, priced at 13/2 by bet365, has attracted plenty of support.

Yet one bookmaker believes that, as players close opponents down more frequently at this time of the season (because they’re fitter), the incidence of low-scoring matches becomes more likely.

Accordingly, post 4/5 about this duel producing fewer than 2.5 goals, and this catches the eye.

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