Huddersfield vs Notts County – Goal-shy Magpies to be punished
It’s been a woeful weekend so far for Notts County as points for Walsall and Dagenham & Redbridge have brought them within two points of the League One relegation zone. Will things get worse on Sunday afternoon in front of the Sky Sports cameras?
Peterborough’s draw with Bristol Rovers ensured that Huddersfield will end the weekend in second regardless of this result, but boss Lee Clark will see a valuable chance to open up a gap between his side, Posh and Southampton.
The Terriers are 8/11 to see off struggling Notts County, which is a generous price when you consider that they have lost just four of their last 44 league games at the Galpharm Stadium.
The promotion chasers are also unbeaten in 17 outings, and though they have drawn a few too many times in that period, they welcome opponents on a rotten run of five losses in six, having at one point looked destined for the top half.
Paul Ince’s team are 4/1 to upset the form book – with the draw 5/2 – however they have won only twice away since October, against Walsall and Sheffield Wednesday, who are both in similar positions to themselves.
Judging by our assessments of the England, Republic of Ireland and Scotland matches, a series of low-scoring televised ties are on the horizon, yet it’s impossible not to come to the same conclusion here.
These clubs boast the third and sixth best defensive records in the division, with Huddersfield keeping three straight clean sheets and Notts County conceding only four in five despite losing on those occasions.
Indeed, the reason for the Magpies’ dreadful form isn’t shortcomings at the back but a failure to score, with just one goal to show for their last nine hours of football, with neither Lee Hughes or Craig Westcarr netting in that time.
Those trends suggest that under 1.5 goals at 9/4, the Huddersfield clean sheet at 11/10 and win to nil at 7/4 are all worth perusing, while 1-0 to the hosts is a surprisingly hefty 6/1.
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