Burton Albion will be hoping to get their Championship season off the mark when they welcome Birmingham City to the Pirelli Stadium on Friday.
Having lost all three of their opening league matches, Nigel Clough’s men are available at 15/8 (2.88) with dabblebet to get up and running at the fourth attempt with a long-awaited victory.
Meanwhile, the Blues have collected four points from the first available nine, and are 8/5 (2.60) favourites to extend their opponents’ losing streak by coming out on top here.
Given his reputation as a wheeler dealer, it was no surprise to see Harry Redknapp express his frustration at the club’s relative lack of activity in the summer transfer window after Tuesday’s goalless draw.
Eight of the 11 players that started the match at St Andrew’s were part of the team that narrowly avoided relegation last season, with striker Isaac Vassell coming on as a substitute for his first appearance since joining from Luton.
With only relegated Wigan and Rotherham having scored fewer than their 45 goals in last season’s Championship, Redknapp may need more than just a player with 10 League Two goals to his name in order to solve his team’s lack of firepower.
Indeed, a return of just two goals in three league games so far suggests Birmingham could be in for another frustrating campaign as things stand.
Having scored just 49 league goals themselves last season, the Brewers will be equally concerned by a start that has seen them hit the net only once in three matches so far.
Considering both teams’ lack of cutting edge, odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem more than fair on no more than one getting on the scoresheet - a bet that would have paid out in both of their encounters last season.