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Blackpool vs Birmingham – Blues’ wait for an away win will drag on

| 04.01.2011

Birmingham’s 2-0 victory over Blackpool at St Andrew’s occurred less than three months ago but so much has changed since, with the Blues team tipped for the top half in pre-season struggling and Blackpool’s supposedly doomed side replicating Birmingham’s 2009-10 loftiness.

Match odds

Alex McLeish’s side have won only one of their ten Premier League matches since beating the Seasiders in October and that was a 1-0 success over out-of-form Chelsea that owed plenty to a stunning display by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

By contrast, Blackpool have lost just two of their nine games since that defeat in the second city – both setbacks coming by one-goal margins away to Aston Villa and Manchester City – so it’s no surprise that they are 6/5 favourites, a price that if anything is a bit generous.

Ian Holloway’s men have only triumphed twice at Bloomfield Road but that’s because they’ve played there just six times since promotion, and in that time they have taken eight points from four encounters with clubs in the bottom eight.

Birmingham are, alongside Barnet, the sole team in the top four divisions without an away win to their name and it’s 23/10 that they end that dismal run on Tuesday, with the same odds offered on the draw.

Total goals

It doesn’t take a master statistician to pick the key trends out of Blackpool’s home form – all six fixtures have featured three or more goals, with not one clean sheet kept by either hosts or visitors in any game.

As such, back both teams to score at 4/6 and over 2.5 goals at 10/11.

Both of the Tangerines’ wins – against midlanders West Brom and Wolves – finished 2-1 and a repeat is a 7/1 shot.

DJ Campbell has yet to score by the Pleasure Beach this season so look for Luke Varney, a scorer in the aforementioned victories – to grab the first goal at 6/1.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.