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Blackpool to win Premier League title, but still get relegated

| 23.03.2011

Blackpool are 8/13 to win the Premier League title this season, but this is in the divisional handicap betting market.

At the start of the season Blackpool were given a 51-point handicap in the market and added to their current tally of 33 points, they have 84 points with eight Premier League games remaining.

This gives them a five-point cushion in this particular market, which may prove a difficult gap to close over the remainder of the season.

There is every chance that Blackpool will take at least five points from their run-in, particularly with home games against fellow relegation candidates Wigan and Stoke remaining.

Therefore, although Blackpool’s betting odds are 1/1 to be relegated this season, they still may amass enough points to take the divisional handicap title and still go down.

Blackpool are 8/13 to win the divisional handicap title and perhaps the biggest game of the season remaining to settle this particular table is their home game with Bolton.

Bolton have 79 points based on their pre-season 39-point head start, meaning they are the only team realistically capable of catching Blackpool.

West Brom currently lie third, but it is highly unlikely that they will accrue nine points more than Blackpool over the remainder of the season.

This leaves Bolton to make up five points and they are 6/4 in the divisional handicap Premier League betting.

However, with little to play for in the league as their safety for next season is secure, it is highly plausible that they will stumble through their remaining fixtures, instead focusing their attentions on their FA Cup semi-final with Stoke.

At a bigger price, Wolves have been in great form of late and if a relatively easy end of season in comparison to others.

They are 20/1 in this market and could make up 11 points on Blackpool if the Tangerines totally collapse.

A £20 stake on Arsenal winning the Premier League title in the divisional handicap market would return £140. New customers can sign up here to take advantage of free bets totalling up to £60.



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.