Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League this season, but they find themselves in the relegation zone for the first time ahead of this weekend’s crunch clash against Newcastle.
Football betting fans with good memories will remember that the Seasiders reached the dizzy heights of fourth place when they defeated the Magpies 2-0 at St James’ Park in September.
However, they have lost 12 of their 16 top-flight matches since the turn of the year and possess the worst home record of any team in the division, with only four wins in front of their own fans this term.
With that in mind, punters may be tempted to bet on Newcastle to beat Blackpool at odds of 27/20 with bwin, meaning a successful £10 stake on the visitors would return £23.50.
Alan Pardew’s men will also be boosted by the return of top scorer Kevin Nolan after a two-game suspension and the former Bolton midfielder is priced at 13/2 to notch the first goal of the game.
Blackpool have gained a reputation for entertainment since their remarkable return to the big time and this is particularly borne out by their fixtures at Bloomfield Road.
Just one of their 16 home matches has contained fewer than three goals, so perhaps the smart money is on the 13/20 being offered by bwin for over 2.5 goals being scored in the meeting with Newcastle.
Although the Mapgies are the most impotent team on the road in the Premier League – they have only notched 12 goals in 16 away games – it seems inconceivable that they will fail to breach the shaky Blackpool rearguard.
Indeed, no team, including the Tangerines, has managed to keep a clean sheet at Bloomfield Road this season, so betting on both teams to score at odds of 12/25 also appears to be a no-brainer.
Interestingly, Blackpool’s last three home matches have each resulted in 3-1 defeats – a Newcastle win by such a scoreline is priced at a tempting 14/1 on this occasion.
The hosts, who are listed at 37/20 for the win, have been boosted by the news that talisman Charlie Adam is fit to take his place in their line-up and the Scotland international is rated at 21/10 to score at any time.
Alternatively, punters who believe Newcastle players offer the best value in the goalscorer betting markets may opt to back Peter Lovenkrands, who looked lively in the 0-0 draw with Manchester United in midweek.
The former Rangers striker is available at 11/2 to score the last goal, which could be a wise play, considering that Blackpool have conceded a whopping 21 times in the last 15 minutes of games this season.
A successful £10 bet with bwin on Blackpool and Newcastle drawing would return £32.50 at odds of 9/4. New customers can register here to claim a free £25 bet.