Ian Holloway is unlikely to be a fan of Swedish crime fiction, but it doesn’t take a detective to realise that his Blackpool team are facing a tricky task against one of the in-form teams of the Championship this Good Friday.
Recent months have seen Watford well and truly pull their socks up, with an impressive haul of 17 points from a possible 21 putting them in the hunt for a unexpected Premier League return.
Blackpool, meanwhile, also remain in the frame for an immediate return to the top division, having provided more page-turning moments in last week’s win over Southampton than a Dan Brown novel featuring a new chapter every two pages.
The Hornets are the narrow 31/20 favourites in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw priced at 23/10 and Blackpool rated as 8/5 shots.
Away form remains a concern for the Seasiders, though, as they have lost their last three consecutive matches on the road in the Championship, conceding eight goals along the way.
Each of these defeats have featured over 2.5 combined goals scored and that run could well continue here with odds of 3/4 available on another game of three or more strikes.
Those favouring a Watford happy ending in light of their recent form and Blackpool’s penchant for conceding goals on the road can also get 29/10 on the Hornets winning with over 2.5 goals scored.
Sean Dyche’s men have scored at least two goals in four of the last five meetings between the teams, with Blackpool also scoring on each of these occasions – so this trend could be set to continue.
Anyone using bwin’s free £25 bet for registering will be in line for potential winnings of £97.50 if they correctly back the home side to win a game featuring three or more goals.
Attacking action at either end should be the order of the day for this game, then, with Holloway’s team scoring and conceding exactly four in six of their last seven away games.
For those of you with an eye for a good punt, backing a repeat of exactly four goals at 9/2 could leave you quids in, regardless of who takes the points.
Failing that, odds of 9/5 available on over 3.5 combined goals being scored could be a nice way of covering against the unpredictable nature of a Blackpool side who can beat the Saints at home, yet also lose to Peterborough away.
Blackpool have certainly entertained this season, having scored in 16 consecutive Championship games, and could well carry on that feat against Watford, with odds of 13/50 on the Seasiders scoring here.
Yet with the Hornets scoring in ten of their last 13 Championship games, backing both teams to register goals may not be a bad punt either at 57/100.
Wherever you decide to place your money, one thing’s for sure: Friday’s game at Vicarage Road is shaping up to be a something of a page-turner for the neutrals.
Recommended bet: Watford to win a game of over 2.5 goals @ 29/10
Outside punt: Exactly four goals scored @ 9/2
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