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PUNTING PERSPECTIVE: GOALS BACK ON THE MENU

19 August 2014

Back the Town with Sky Bet. Why? Because there might be a goal or two

Luton Town versus Bury. A game that sounds so beautifully Football League. Just how it should be.

After all, in the days of black and white, it was a regular fixture. Indeed throughout the 1930s, 40s and 50s the Town and the Shakers were regular adversaries in what is now the Championship.

And you could bet your bottom dollar that goals were always guaranteed when the two clubs met. 4-3, 5-2, 4-2, 4-1 and 4-0 wins for the Town; 5-2, 3-1, 4-1 and 3-0 victories for Bury. Over 2.5 goals nailed on, whatever the odds. The punters were consistently kept happy.

Then it all went wrong, especially for the Hatters, who had kept a decent head-to-head record with the men from Gigg Lane. However, somewhere along the line the two clubs decided that crossing the half-way line was a bad idea; that, all of a sudden, goal-laden 90 minutes of helter-skelter action wasn’t worth the hassle any more.

Instead, by the Luton Town versus Bury soon became a guaranteed snoozefest. 0-0 after 0-0 – the odd 1-1 if you were lucky.

Hatters fans who have toddled along to Kenilworth Road to watch Luton Town versus Bury for the past six occasions won’t have toasted a Town single victory, and, more depressingly, they would leap out of their seat in goal celebration just three times.

However here’s another pointless stat: none of those six mind-numbing matches took place in August, the first month of the campaign which is still filled with new-season optimism, pre-season confidence and the eager, keen-to-impress new signings out to wow the crowds. But…they are precisely the two reasons why there is going to be goals tonight. Two of League 2’s fancied sides go head-to-head in the first floodlight Football League fixture at Kenilworth Road in five years.

“Over 2.5 goals” they’ll boast in the Bookies. Get on that at evens with Sky Bet.

And, whisper it quietly, but if you’re feeling extraordinarily daring, why not put your penny on 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 Luton in the correct score group betting at 17/2. Stranger things have happened…

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Sky Bet are the Title Sponsor of The Football League. This season, a £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund will go to a Football League club to spend on players in the January 2015 transfer window.

Fans who bet with Sky Bet generate Transfer Fund Tokens and go into a random draw to win a £5,000 prize – and the £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund for their Football League club.

To sign up, go to www.skybet.com/luton and follow the instructions.

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