Tuesday evening’s game at Bloomfield Road sees a Blackpool side who have lost four of their last five outings host a Nottingham Forest outfit targeting three successive league victories for the first time since the end of the 2010/2011 campaign.
The hosts, who topped the division at the beginning of last month, currently sit in 12th position, one place and one point behind their opponents.
A goal from Championship top scorer Charlie Austin was enough to deny Ian Holloway’s men any points last time out at Burnley on Saturday evening. Defeat here would be their third in a row – a sequence not matched since the tail end of their stint in the Premier League two seasons ago.
Despite their current lack of form, Blackpool are rated as favourites for the win at 13/10. You can back the away victory at 9/4, with the draw available at the same price.
Nottingham Forest go in to this game on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over Cardiff City and victory here could, depending on other results, take them into a play-off position.
Midfielder Andy Reid has opened the scoring in Forest’s last two games and is generously priced at 14/1 to do so once more, though you might be more tempted to back him to score at any time at 4/1.
Punters who use the free £20 bet they receive when registering with bwin would see a return of £100 if they correctly back the Irishman to get his fourth goal of the season against his former employers.
Alternatively, on-loan striker Billy Sharp finally got his first goal for Forest at the weekend and is a 7/1 shot to net first, while Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips, who netted in last season’s corresponding fixture 12 months ago, is 6/1 to get the scoring underway.
Forest were 2-1 winners at Bloomfield Road on that day and the formbook suggests they could repeat the trick here. And while I wouldn’t put anyone off taking the visitors at 9/4, the superior 4/1 price on Reid hitting the back of the net again is the way I’ll be playing this one.