Blue Square price the Town odds-on for televised away win
Blue Square Bet Premier - Live Match & Weekend Betting Preview – by Alan Alger from Blue Square Bet
LIVE MATCH - Hyde v Luton Town
Hyde proudly welcome the live TV cameras from Premier Sports for their first televised competitive fixture. The visitors are title favourites Luton Town who were cut to a price of 2/1 to win the league after a favourable set of results on Tuesday night. The Hatters sit unbeaten on four points, whilst Hyde are also unbeaten with two draws to show for their first two games at this level. Luton’s away from in last season’s Blue Square Bet Premier campaign would have seen them finish ninth on those games alone. Just seven road victories ensured a tough battle to eventually make fifth spot which ultimately ended in a third season of play-off heartache. A win at Hyde this evening after a 2-0 victory at Kidderminster Harriers in midweek would be a welcome signal for Hatters fans who have not seen their side record back-to-back away wins since the turn of the calendar year. For boss Paul Buckle the win at Aggborough was the fourth time he’d taken Luton away from home in a regular season game and they are yet to concede on the road under him in those matches. Including the end of season play-offs Buckle’s Luton tenure is 11 games old and they now have an impressive seven clean-sheets under him. At Blue Square we make Luton our strong 4/6 favourites for the game. The draw is quoted at 13/5 and a home win for Scott McNiven’s team is priced at 7/2.
Hyde spent seven seasons at ‘Step 2’ in the Non-League pyramid before taking the Blue Square Bet North title under previous boss Gary Lowe last season. The Tigers were shock 50/1 winners of the section having finished as low as 19th the season before. They were beaten just once at Ewen Fields on the way to their title success and only lost six games in total. Their 0-0 draw at home to Barrow in midweek was only the second time in over 60 matches that their fans had seen them host a goalless league game. Hyde usually put on a show at the base they share with Manchester City’s Reserves and goals quotes for this game pitch ‘Over 2.5’ as odds-on favourite at 7/10. The ‘Over 2.5’ mark was one that Hyde managed to achieve on their own in 12 of their 21 home games last season. The Premier division is a real step up and although they remain unbeaten they face a stern test tonight. Luton will know that a mark of recent champions in this division is winning games away from home against the sides which finish in the bottom 10 – where Hyde are predicted to end up. Last season Fleetwood had a 100% record away to the teams who eventually finished in spots 14th to 24th inclusive. The season before that Crawley Town lost just one away game in the whole campaign – also winning all of their games against the bottom six on the road. Contrast that with the Hatters last season who won just four matches away to clubs in the bottom half.
Luton’s clean-sheet stats suggest that Hyde will struggle to score more than one goal tonight but if they are to find the net then striker Scott Spencer would have the best chance at 8/1 on our First Goalscorer market. Luton were well represented in the market for the Top Goalscorer for the whole BSBP season but it’s now Stuart Fleetwood at 15/2 who narrowly heads the market with new teammate Jon Shaw just half a betting point behind him at 8/1. Fleetwood hit a double in the win at Kidderminster and looks set to feature prominently in Buckle’s plans. The former Torquay boss having plenty of options illustrated by a First Goalscorer market for this game which sees four of his players quoted at a shorter price than Hyde’s Spencer. Fleetwood is the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock with Shaw just behind at 4/1. Andre Gray who is likely to start on the bench is 5/1 and Scott Rendell who is being used slightly deeper in the line-up is offered at 11/2. Luton centre-back Janos Kovacs gets forward well and he could take the eye at 8/1 to score at ‘Anytime’ in the game!
Hyde v Luton Town is live on Premier Sports TV – Friday 17th August 7pm (7.30pm kick-off) – visit www.premiersports.tv for subscription details.
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