Premier League betting – Blackpool vs Liverpool
Blackpool vs Liverpool betting preview
Blackpool: League Position: 13th, League Form: DWWLL
The rollercoaster continues for Blackpool, but whereas their opponents Liverpool feel sick from their ride so far, The Tangerines are having the time of their lives.
Two defeats in their past two league games leaves them four points away from the relegation places, and everyone at the club is realistic enough to know the bubble could burst. This definitely hasn’t escaped Manager Ian Holloway, who rested most of his first choice players in the weekend’s FA Cup defeat at Southampton.
However, their approach will not change, they will continue to attack any opposition. With the likes of Adam pulling the strings and pace of DJ Campbell up front there is always a case for optimism in this side. Rightly so, they beat Liverpool with relative ease in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
The target remains safety, and a good month or two would probably see them safe. Hull are evidence of how a loss in form can send you tumbling off your perch, and Holloway remembers that.
Liverpool: League Position: 12th, League Form: WLLWL
So, Hodgson is gone and ‘King Kenny’ is in charge. As Liverpool fans rejoice and the rest of the country, well, doesn’t really care, it’s time to see if things will change. The weekend’s performance against Manchester United may have been a little soon to judge the team, but they again lacked a cutting edge and defensive stability, although they were short of talisman Gerrard after his first half red card.
Defeat here will hurt Liverpool a lot. They predict a bright new dawn, but the cracks remain. With much relying on Torres and Gerrard during the good times, poor performances (or absence) during the bad times is a major blow.
Their two notable absentees are two massive ones, with Gerrard and Carragher both missing. There is little of Liverpool left in this Liverpool side, so the history of Dalglish may mean little. He comes in with the team four points from the relegation zone.
The new manager returned to 4-5-1 at United, and it is hard to know whether they’ll attempt to attack Blackpool. The demand of the fans is less away from home, and thus Dalglish may try to catch the opposition on the break, and not leave themselves open to the swift attack of Blackpool.
Match Prediction: BLACKPOOL WIN – 4.00 Victor Chandler – Free £25 bet
It’s a little bit difficult to ignore a bet at evens for a team as big as Liverpool at Blackpool. But without Gerrard and with Torres playing so poorly, Liverpool are as blunt an object as many in the Premiership. The pace of the game will be dictated by Blackpool, they like to attack and they like to do it as much as possible. Space for Liverpool without question, but they’ll be quite likely terrified of the speed of the home side.
Dalglish is the fans’ choice and towered over Hodgson throughout his reign. Fans and pundits alike have suggested he’ll bring attacking football back to Liverpool, and if he’s trying to change things it won’t be automatic. Blackpool can exploit this and continue to shock the established order.
The home team have good passers, fast attackers and a great spirit. The latter is what Liverpool seem to lack the most, and ‘King Kenny’ is no miracle worker, and it remains to be seen if he’s anything special at all. Take the value bet, you’ll be sure to back a side that will at least try and score.
DJ Campbell scored all four of Blackpool’s league goals in December, and may be worth a punt here.
Over/Under: Over 2.5 Goals – 1.75 Bet365
First Goalscorer: DJ Campbell – 9.00 Bet 365
Correct Score: 2-1 Blackpool Win – 15.00 Blue Sq
Blackpool – 4.00 Victor Chandler
Draw – 3.75 Bet 365
Liverpool – 2.00 Bet Fred
By John Fernadez
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