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Blackpool’s victory blows the relegation betting wide open

| 23.02.2011

Ian Holloway has described Blackpool’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur as “one of the best nights I can ever remember”, and the victory is a massive boost to Blackpool’s chances of survival.

Blackpool are out to 11/4 in the Premier League relegation betting market and now need just eight points from their remaining 33 available to reach the magical 40-point mark.

But with just eight points separating Stoke in 10th and Wolves in 20th there are plenty of teams who face a nervy eleven games until the end of the season.

The relegation betting market suggests that there are only five, maybe six, teams that are involved in a relegation fight, but teams like Aston Villa (12/1 to be relegated) and Blackburn (10/1 to be relegated) are by no means safe.

Villa play Blackburn on Saturday in what is a crucial encounter for both sides and while Villa are 4/5 to beat Blackburn, a loss for the home side would see their relegation odds slashed.

With West Ham (4/7) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (8/13) both featuring at home this weekend, the managers of both teams will want to take something from their games with Liverpool and Blackpool and points would draw them closer to safety.

Wigan face the unfortunate task of travelling to Old Trafford, but the game is sandwiched in between a Champions League fixture and Premier League fixtures with Chelsea and Liverpool, and Roberto Martinez’s side will face a much-weakened Man Utd team.

However taking three points at Old Trafford will still prove difficult and as the 4/9 favourites to go down, Wigan face the biggest battle to stay up.

The Blackpool result was bad news for West Bromwich Albion fans who saw their relegation odds cut to 5/4, and with a trip to Stoke looming next Monday, West Brom offer plenty of value in the relegation betting.

A £25 stake on West Brom being relegated would return £56.25. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



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.