Good bet that Howe wins in likely final game as boss of Bournemouth

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Eddie Howe should be able to leave Bournemouth with a positive leaving present in what seems likely to be his final game in charge away at Colchester.

It is rumoured that Howe could be the new manager of Championship side Burnley by the weekend, but he is expected to remain in charge for the trip to Essex.

Bournemouth are 15/8 in the League One odds to beat Colchester, which would be a fourth victory in succession and retain their position in the battle for promotion this season.

While Bournemouth have been on a fine winning run, Colchester have been completely the opposite, failing to win any of their last four games and losing the most recent two.

However, on the whole Colchester have proved difficult to beat in the league this season and they have been defeated in just four of their 21 games.

They are 11/8 to beat Bournemouth, although the best betting opportunity may be on the draw, which can be backed 12/5.

Brentford head into the other Friday night League One fixture on a three-game losing streak, but at 1/1 they should prove too much for Exeter.

Prior to this sequence, Brentford had won four on the bounce and are unbeaten in their last ten home meetings with Exeter.

Exeter are 11/4 to beat Brentford and may be relying on Jamie Cureton to find the target if they are to claim three points.

The veteran striker has three goals in Exeter’s last four league games and he is 6/1 to open the scoring against Brentford.

Gary Alexander is Brentford’s top scorer this season and he is the favourite in the first goalscorer betting market at 5/1.

A £25 bet on Bournemouth beating Colchester 1-0 could see a return of £200. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

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