Monday’s 3-1 victory away at Barnsley courtesy of a Matty Phillips hat-trick stretched Blackpool’s unbeaten run to four matches and lifted Ian Holloway’s side to within one point of the play-off positions.
However, the Tangerines will need to be on top of their game when they travel to St Andrews to face a Birmingham City side who are undefeated in their ten league games at home this season.
Holloway’s men have failed to defeat the Blues in their last three attempts, while Blackpool have managed just one victory in their last five trips to St Andrews.
City left it late in their Boxing Day clash with West Ham as a David Murphy equaliser prevented the Blues from slumping to back-to-back defeats and moved them into 15th, with two games in hand on those above them.
With Birmingham having scored in all but one of their home games this season and Blackpool finding the net 19 times in their nine away league fixtures, a bet on both teams to score at 39/50looks a good short-priced option.
Chris Hughton’s side head into the fixture as odds-on favourites at 9/10, with the draw priced at 23/10, while a fourth away win of the season for Blackpool can be backed at a very tempting 3/1.
Holloway’s side have been on a good run of form in recent weeks, losing just one of their last nine league fixtures, including victory away at Leeds as well as gaining a share of the spoils at Middlesbrough and current league leaders Southampton.
The two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road at the end of November and the last four meetings between the teams have all involved at least two goals – a repeat here is priced at 19/20.
With Birmingham having scored in all but one of their home games this season and Blackpool finding the net 19 times in their nine away league fixtures, a bet on both teams to score at 39/50 looks a good short-priced option.
Holloway will have to ensure his side remain switched on for the full 90 minutes, with Birmingham having a habit of scoring late goals at home this season.
The Blues have managed to score ten times in the final ten minutes of matches this term, so backing them to score more in the second half than they do in the first makes sense at 29/20.
With Birmingham’s impressive record at home and taking into account Blackpool’s recent run of good form, the best strategy for punters looking for a big profit could be to back a high-scoring draw.
Punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on a repeat of the 2-2 draw earlier in the season could walk away with £337.50 if the scoreline materialises.
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