Sports betting: Draw the value option
Monday 21 September 1998
There could be some value for punters in a quartet of the second round, second leg Worthington Cup ties tomorrow and Wednesday in which the away sides enter the game with a 3-0 cushion from the first leg and therefore have little real incentive to perform to their best.
The underdogs Chester look good value to either beat or draw with Sunderland, 3-0 first-leg winners in the second leg of their tie at the Deva stadium tomorrow night. Sunderland, having coasted to victory in the first leg, can afford to lose 2-0 and therefore look very dodgy odds-on favourites. The same remark applies to Leicester, who visit Chesterfield. The Spireites must represent decent value to beat - or at least draw with - Leicester.
On Wednesday, it should be one-way traffic when Crystal Palace try to erase a 3-0 deficit against Bury. Bury will surely be looking simply to survive at Selhurst Park. Out of form Palace, however, are no great value at the odds on offer and a draw might well be the best option. Finally, Reading, using the same criteria, must be a fair bet to beat - or draw with - their guests, Barnsley.
C H L S T
Blackburn 7-4 13-8 7-4 13-8 9-5
Draw 9-4 11-5 9-4 11-5 11-5
Chelsea 5-4 11-8 5-4 11-8 5-4
Chester 9-2 11-2 4-1 5-1 9-2
Draw 12-5 12-5 13-5 5-2 13-5
Sunderland 4-7 1-2 4-7 8-15 8-15
Chesterfield 10-3 3-1 3-1 3-1 7-2
Draw 9-4 9-4 9-4 12-5 12-5
Leicester 8-11 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-6
C. Palace 10-11 10-11 4-5 5-6 Evens
Draw 12-5 9-4 9-4 12-5 2-1
Bury 12-5 5-2 3-1 11-4 5-2
Reading 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1 2-1
Draw 9-4 9-4 9-4 12-5 9-4
Barnsley 11-10 11-10 11-10 11-10 11-10
C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote
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