Two League One sides with contrasting seasonal ambitions meet in the FA Cup second round as Colchester play host to Peterborough.
The home team sit 22nd, one point off bottom spot, while the Posh are three off the play-off places, but despite these opposing divisional standings this dust up should be well matched.
With sides from your local pub league still in the running, all desperately vying for a coveted third-round money-spinner at Old Trafford or other such glamour venue, both participants could’ve been handed a much easier passage into the post-Christmas stages of the tournament.
A closely fought battle is on the cards and this notion forms the basis for our three best bets on the game.
Colchester to beat Peterborough @ 19/10
One of football’s oldest adages outlines the importance of playing at home in relation to cup success and this alone makes a punt on the underdog U’s worthwhile.
Darren Ferguson’s men won at the Colchester Community Stadium earlier in the season, but their form has since taken a turn for the worse.
Four of their six sojourns to follow this triumph in Essex have ended in despair, whereas Colchester have punched above their weight to beat Fleetwood and Chesterfield at home in recent weeks.
Colchester to win by one goal @ 15/4
Each of the previous four matches to be contested at base camp for Tony Humes’ side have been settled by a solitary strike.
Six of Peterborough’s last eight have corresponded with this trend too.
Over 2.5 goals @ 3/4
The alluded to meeting between the pair yielded four strikes, while four of the previous five duels undertaken at the place Colchester call home also crossed the goal line in question.
An overwhelming eight of the last ten outings to involve the visitors have hurdled the 2.5-goal barrier too.
<strong>All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.</strong>
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