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1 February 2013

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Ok, so our recommendations flopped last Friday ahead of the FA Cup trip to Norwich, but after the 1-0 victory there weren't many followers of this column complaining in the wake of the history-making result.

The Hatters were a best-price 10/1 to triumph with our league sponsors Blue Square. Scott Rendell's 80th-minute winner didn't do Blue Square many favours in that market with a flurry of bets on the Town, but bookies were pleased to see the Canaries' name in thousands of accumulators up and down the county.

The reaction on social media suggested there were plenty of happy Town fans who had latched on to the 10/1 whilst a there were a few who were on a Rendell/1-0 scorecast at an eye-popping 100/1.

Seven days since that sensational result, odds on a Hatters win couldn't be further from those double and treble figure prices, with Blue Square chalking up Paul Buckle's men as the 8/11 odds on favourites to win at relegation-threatened Barrow.

Only a month ago the Town beat the Bluebirds 6-1 at Kenilworth Road but, since that defeat, Dave Bayliss' side have advanced in the FA Trophy and did the Hatters a favour by winning at promotion-chasing Newport County.

The Hatters make the long trip to Holker Street looking for their first away league win since the 2-1 victory at Forest Green on 27th October, a run of five matches on the road without victory in league competition. On the other hand, Barrow, a 100/30 chance with Blue Square to win, are enduring a poor campaign in front of their home support with just one league win all season. Holker Street has been a fortress in recent campaigns but only Southport, on 9th October, have been beaten at Barrow this term.

In these columns in the past there is always an air of caution when the Town are odds on away from Kenilworth Road, with the recent trip to AFC Telford a prime example. With the Hatters too short to back for an outright win, a 1-0 victory takes our eye at 13/2 in the correct score market.

The Town have won twice in the Blue Square Bet Premier at Holker Street and both have been by a 1-0 scoreline. A Liam Hatch header secure a win in 2010 whilst a Matthew Barnes-Homer strike won the points the following season.

Barrow also beat the Hatters 1-0 in the meeting at Holker Street last season so it may be worth investing in Blue Square's 6/5 in the under 2.5 goals market.

After Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Grimsby in the FA Trophy, and the subsequent signing of last season's Fleetwood captain Steve McNulty, a clean sheet will be at the top of the Town's agenda and, at a bigger price, the 5/2 on an away win with a clean sheet certainly looks the value.

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Town to win 1-0 13/2
Town to win and keep a clean sheet 5/2

Our tipster is showing a £52.59 profit on his selections this season.

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