After a tumultuous summer at Bloomfield Road Paul Ince’s Blackpool have burst out of the Championship blocks, but Huddersfield Town’s undeniable strength at the John Smith’s Stadium should be enough to see them gain a point in a contest containing a couple of goals.
Few sages would have said that the Tangerines would be vying with QPR at the top of the Championship when Paul Ince had his resignation refused by the Blackpool hierarchy over the summer, but after eight games that’s exactly where they are.
As such it’s a measure of their adversaries’ home health that they’re 13/10 jollies for the visit of Ince’s men, with the guests 39/20 for victory and the tie 9/4.
To suggest that Huddersfield don’t like losing at home is an understatement, with just three losses in the last 21 games in front of their partisans.
It’s a run that began even before the arrival of Mark Robins prompted their surge to safety last term and with two of those losses coming against then Premier League Wigan and upwardly-mobile Hull City the difficulty of getting out of West Yorkshire with all three points is underlined.
That form has continued into this season with league-leading QPR rebuffed as part of a run of four wins and two draws in all competitions.
One disquieting note for Terriers die-hards is the fact that they’ve kept just one clean sheet in those six fixtures and a lack of shut-outs may go some way to explaining why a whopping 11 of their last 21 home outings have been drawn.
The deadlock is the call here and with Blackpool both scoring and conceding in four of their five road games this term a flutter on both teams to score at 18/25 may be a bet to buddy-up with the stalemate.
Ince has his Tangerines playing an earnest brand of football that places the emphasis on battling and hard work and as such it’s difficult to foresee the hosts smashing Blackpool 5-1 as they did recent visitors Bournemouth.
The correct score wager that appeals most is the 5/1 about a 1-1 draw, with the visitors shipping exactly one goal in four of their five away outings in 2013/14.