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Blackpool’s attacking mentality spells a recipe for relegation

| 11.11.2010

It may sound a bit harsh to condemn Blackpool to relegation after a last minute loss to Aston Villa, especially after the Tangerines start to the season and after Holloway made 10 changes to the team that drew 2-2 with Everton.

Despite gaining plenty of plaudits for the way they approach matches, if Blackpool continue to play open, expansive football then Holloway’s side are destined to spend next season in the Championship.

Having started the season as pre-season favourites at 1/4 to be relegated, their positive start has seen that trimmed to 4/9 in the Barclays Premier League relegation betting market.

And having conceded 26 goals in 12 Premier League matches, the betting market is spot on with it’s prediction that Blackpool are the favourites to be relegated.

It has been said that the only way newly-promoted clubs could stay in the Premier League was if they could score goals.

Blackpool can certainly score goals with 19 in their 12 league games this term including six in their last three games.

But clean sheets are just as important as goals and Blackpool have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, meaning the goals they are scoring are being discounted by the opposition scoring more.

Holloway’s Brazilian approach to matches needs to be reassessed because while Blackpool can boast four wins and 14 points from 12 games, his side certainly do not have the stamina, or quality, to play with the ‘we’ll just score more goals than we concede’ mentality.

Blackpool travel to West Ham on Saturday in what is shaping up to be a crucial fixture in the race to avoid relegation.

Holloway’s side are 14/5 to beat West Ham, but a win for West Ham would put them just three points behind Blackpool in the Premier League table.

West Ham are 1/1 to be relegated. See the full Barclays Premier League football betting odds here.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.