Only one place and one point separate Blackpool and Birmingham in the Championship table, so with a tight affair expected to ensue, backing the draw at 11/5 could be the way to go.
The two teams are lurking just outside the play-off places and with the prospect of returning to the dizzy heights of the Premier League next season, they know how crucial it is to beat your nearest challengers.
Blackpool, who will be keen to improve on their patchy home form of late and hoping to build on their success against Millwall in their last outing at Bloomfield Road, go into the clash as 5/4 favourites.
On the other hand, if punters fancy an away victory for Chris Hughton’s men, Birmingham are available at 21/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Despite a defeat at the hands of Reading in their last away trip, the Blues have picked up an impressive six points from a possible nine on their travels in recent weeks.
With this in mind, there are sure to be punters who like the big price on offer for a Birmingham win.
This match-up was a top flight tie last season and Birmingham were successful in both Premier League meetings, including a 2-1 victory at Bloomfield Road.
For a repeat of this scoreline, bwin customers can get odds of 19/2.
But there looks to be better value in backing a 1-1 scoreline – not least because the draw (11/5) is the most likely result given how well matched the teams appear to be going into the game.
Additionally, both teams look likely to score, which rules out a 0-0.
A total of 32 games have been played out involving either of these clubs thus far this season, and only one tie has resulted in a goalless draw.
Birmingham’s clash at St Andrews against Brighton ended with neither side being able to find the back of the net, but apart from this blip, both Blackpool and Birmingham have been in good goalscoring form of late.
Ian Holloway’s men have hit the target in 14 of their 17 Championship fixtures. Meanwhile, the Blues have scored in 13 of their 15 ties.
As a consequence, it would make sense to have a bet on both teams to score at odds of 7/10.
But back to the 1-1 prediction. The Tangerines have scored a solitary goal on home turf on three occasions this season, and their opponents have also managed to score a single goal three times when on their travels.
And with 1-1 priced at a decent 5/1, it looks worth a punt.
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