After their stunning start to the Championship season, leaders Southampton have hit a blip in recent weeks, suffering two defeats in their last three games.
Despite that poor run, Saints have still maintained their exceptional home form which has seen them win every game at St Mary’s this season.
Yet Blackpool arrive with impressive form of their own, having been the sixth highest away scorers in last season’s Premier League and losing just once in their last six games.
Despite their slump, Southampton remain 3/5 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a Blackpool win priced at 19/4 and the draw at 5/2.
A lack of goals has been at the source of Southampton’s recent poor form as they have scored just two in those three games, but the likely return of 12-goal top scorer Rickie Lambert should put an end to that.
Backing a Blackpool win in a game featuring over 3.5 goals at 15/1 is also worth considering. New customers using the free £25 bet available when registering with bwin would win an impressive £400 if Blackpool were to pull off a victory in those circumstances.
In combination with the all-out attacking philosophy of Ian Holloway’s side, who’ve played in the third highest number of games with over 3.5 goals this season, it is reasonable to expect a high-scoring encounter.
As such, it’s worth betting on this being the 16th game this season featuring Southampton or Blackpool with over 3.5 combined goals, which is available at 29/20 with bwin.
But for punters looking for longer odds, backing a Blackpool win in a game featuring over 3.5 goals at 15/1 is also worth considering.
New customers using the free £25 bet available when registering with bwin would win an impressive £400 if Blackpool were to pull off a victory in those circumstances.
Recent history between the two sides, who’ve surprisingly only ever faced off five times, does suggest something different, with only one of those games featuring more than two goals.
Blackpool don’t tend to fare as well in low-scoring matches, winning just one away game with under 1.5 goals, which means football betting fans who think the Saints will triumph should get on a 1-0 victory at 15/2.
Even if one goal doesn’t prove enough for the home side, should they score first they’re unlikely to let it slip given their 100% record when leading at half-time, which makes backing Southampton/Southampton in bwin’s half-time/full-time market another decent option at odds of 27/20.
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