Fifth-placed Crystal Palace entertain ninth-placed Blackpool at Selhurst Park in the Championship on Saturday, with the hosts having already made their ground a fortress this term.
The Eagles have managed four straight wins in league and cup after an opening-day defeatand currently sit in a play-off berth, yet despite this, their odds of lifting the Championship crown have drifted out to 100/1 from 80s.
Meanwhile, the Seasiders have only recorded two victories from five games. Boss Ian Holloway does have the division’s leading scorer in Kevin Phillips available, however, with the 38-year-old showing age is no barrier. By contrast, Palace’s summer signing in the striking department, Glenn Murray, is yet to break his duck.
The two sides cannot be separated in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the home and away victories both available at 8/5, with the draw at a slightly lengthier 11/5.
Blackpool have scored all their goals in the second half of matches so far and the majority of the Eagles’ strikes have also come after the break, so backing the score to be 0-0 at half-time could be a tempting proposition at 9/5.
Both sides are at evens to open the scoring, with no goal to be scored at 15/2. The market doubts Holloway’s men to turn a deficit around, however, with Palace leading at half-time but the Seasiders recording a win by the full-time whistle rated as a 25/1 chance.
The strong home form Dougie Freedman’s side has shown this term means they’re 15/4 to be winning both at half-time and full-time. A free bet of up to £25, available to all new bwin customers, would net a sum of £118.75 if this eventuality materialises.
A repeat of this fixture from the 2009-10 season, a 4-1 home win for Palace, is priced at 50/1 – news which may interest football betting fans looking for a tempting long shot.
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