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Blackpool good bet for drop despite Holloway’s rallying cry

| 04.04.2011

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is adamant his side has what it takes to stay in the Premier League – despite their dreadful run of one win in 11 games.

The Seasiders’ brilliant early season form now seems a distant memory and they remain amongst the favourites to be relegated back to the Championship. Wigan lead the betting at 3/10, but Blackpool aren’t far behind at 4/6.

A 3-0 defeat against Fulham at the weekend has hardly helped Blackpool’s chances but, despite that setback, Holloway believes just a couple more wins will be enough to see them to safety.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “We can have probably five defeats and two wins and we’d stay up, I believe,” he said after a 3-0 defeat at Fulham.

“Whether I am right or wrong, you’ve asked me about it and 39 points might keep us up.

“If we do that it’ll be a fantastic achievement, better than last year when we were promoted.”

Holloway’s prediction does have some basis in fact. The last time 39 points was not enough to avoid relegation was back in the 2002-2003 season when West Ham United acquired 42 points and were still relegated.

Unfortunately for Blackpool they have the worst defence and home record in the league. With five of their last seven games at Bloomfield Road against Arsenal, Wigan Athletic, Newcastle United, Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers, it’s hard to see where the required points will come from.

With the Seasiders just one point off the relegation zone and only two from the foot of the table, a single win for West Ham, Wolves or Wigan would see them slip into the relegation places.

Backing Blackpool for the drop at 4/6 could certainly be well worth a bet.

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Richard Anderson