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Blackpool vs Arsenal – Hosts appeal at a massive 13/2

| 10.04.2011

Even an optimist like Arsene Wenger must be ready to write off his side’s title bid now that Manchester United lead by ten points. Arsenal visit Blackpool on Sunday lunchtime looking to sustain their slim chances of first place…

Match odds

Despite having gone five matches without a win in all competitions and Leyton Orient being the only team they have beaten since their Wembley defeat to Birmingham, Arsenal are 2/5 favourites to win at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool were overawed by Chelsea last month but have beaten Liverpool and Tottenham and led 2-0 against a then-unbeaten Manchester United in front of their fans so offer huge appeal at the hefty price of 13/2.

It is worth noting though that, as awful as Arsenal have been in recent weeks, they are yet to suffer a Premier League loss in 2011, with 13 games having passed in total since they last wound up pointless, so the draw may be the best bet at 7/2.

Other markets

The standout wager whenever there’s football being played within the Golden Mile is for both teams to get on the scoresheet at 1/2 as that has paid out in 18 successive Blackpool home games dating back a year.

Over 2.5 goals has been a feature in all of their Premier League fixtures as hosts besides one – against Aston Villa – so that’s understandably short at 2/5, with over 3.5 goals rated an evens prospect.

Liverpool and Tottenham’s scourge DJ Campbell has to be considered the Seasiders most likely first goalscorer at 8/1 on his return from suspension, while Robin van Persie is the overall frontrunner at 7/2.

Ian Holloway’s side have been involved in four 2-2 draws and it’s a generous 18/1 that this is another, so a £20 stake would provide an £360 profit. New customers can sign up here to claim a £30 free bet.



John Klee