Birmingham vs Blackpool Play off betting
Birmingham: League form: LWDDD
Birmingham have played over fifty matches this season due to their involvement in cup competitions and european football. However, under the guidance of former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton they have managed to remain competitive in the Championship and find themselves in the play offs. The finished the regular season with an impressive 2 – 0 victory over champions Reading but head into this game 1 – 0 down after losing the first leg at Blackpool in what was a very one-sided match in favour of the hosts. The Blues boast a superb home record this season in the league, their 2 – 1 loss to Nottingham Forest being their only reverse. thirteen wins and nine draws in their other games mean St. Andrews will be an intimidating place for their opponents to visit.
Blackpool: League form: WDWWD
Blackpool headed into the play offs in fine form and managed to continue that with a solid 1 – 0 victory in the first leg of this play off semi final. A deflected Thomas Ince effort proved to be the difference and they will go into this game full of confidence, having had play off experience a couple of years ago when they won them. The seasiders have continued to play the free flowing attacking football that won them many admirers in their season in the premier league and it is possible that it will take them back to the top division. However, that type of football often lead to exposure at the back and they have conceded a very high amount of goals to say they’re fifth in the league, the same as relegated Portsmouth. Despite managing to keep a clean sheet in the home leg, they will be under constant pressure from Birmingham from the kick off in this leg, with the Blues needed to score at least once to be in with a chance of winning.
Verdict: Birmingham (1.91 at William Hill)
Also: Both teams to score – yes (1.73 at William Hill)
Play-offs are incredibly hard games to predict. Despite West Ham’s dominance over Cardiff in the other semi final, they rarely go the way of the favourites. The odds slightly favour Birmingham going into this one, mainly due to their fantastic home record. However, as shown in their 4 – 3 away victory over Nottingham Forest in the play offs two seasons back, it is very unlikely that Blackpool will sit back and invite the home side to attack. One thing to be sure of is that we can expect a lot of goals.
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