Jim Knight takes a look at Monday's televised League One encounter and is seeking a winner from one of the fringe markets on offer for the match
Simon Grayson's side strolled to a 3-0 win over Walsall in their last league game but their two league games before that saw high-scoring draws (4-4 and 2-2), so the North End boss will be hopeful of keeping another clean sheet against an Oldham side who have found the net in three of their last four matches. William Hill make them Evens (2.0) to record another win.
Oldham recorded a high-scoring win themselves last time out, albeit that was in the Football League Trophy against Shrewsbury and their form has been fairly erratic this season on the whole. The visitors are available at 16/5 (4.20) to secure three points while the draw is priced at 12/5 (3.40).
The goals market looks difficult to call with any certainty, over 2.5 goals is an Even money (2.0) chance which may appeal to some punters.
However, Preston are normally more defensively sound at home, keeping two clean sheets in their three matches at Deepdale this term, which could mean the 8/11 (1.73) on under 2.5 goals is the better bet.
Former Bolton striker Kevin Davies is William Hill's 6/1 (7.0) favourite to open the scoring but the 36-year-old is without a league goal in five games, so it's tough to get excited about such a skinny price. Midfielder Joel Byrom has found the net in his last two league games for Preston and those looking for a bigger price could be tempted by the 5/1 (6.0) from William Hill on him to score anytime.
One thing that has been a regular feature in Preston's games though are corners, and plenty of them. The hosts have gained an average of seven corners per match this season while Oldham have conceded an average of 7.2.
With Grayson likely to deploy a back three in a 3-4-1-2 formation there should be plenty of challenges out wide in the attacking third for the Oldham full-backs Joseph Mills and Matteo Lanzoni.
William Hill are 5/4 (2.25) about Preston winning at least seven corners in the match and in a game where it looks difficult to identify another bet with any certainty, it could pay for punters to follow the stats for a small stake in this fringe market as opposed to sticking to the better known betting opportunities.
|Preston to gain seven or more corners in the match at 5/4 (2.25) 1 point with William Hill
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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