Old Trafford win does not guarantee Blackpool’s survival
Blackpool are not given much hope of being the first team to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in 13 months, but even if they do pull off the unthinkable, there is still no guarantee that they will avoid Premier League relegation.
Given the laudable efforts that Blackpool have made in their first ever Premier League season, some would argue that if they can round it off with an away win over Manchester United then they almost deserve to survive.
Indeed, a win at Old Trafford would guarantee that they move out of the bottom three at the expense of at least one of Wolves or Blackburn.
However, if Wigan win by a greater margin at Stoke and Birmingham beat Tottenham, Blackpool would still suffer relegation.
This exact nature of events is unlikely and is backed up by Premier League odds of 80/1 that Blackpool win and are still relegated.
Blackpool can only concentrate on their own task and then hope other results fall in their favour and it is 9/2 that they are the first away team to win at Old Trafford this season.
They can also take heart from West Ham’s victory at the ground on the final day of the 2007 Premier League season to secure their own survival.
Furthermore, they are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run of the season at four games.
But Manchester United tend to finish season’s strongly and already have experience of being responsible for a Blackpool relegation when beating them on the closing day of the 1971 top-flight campaign.
Aside from the West Ham defeat, Manchester United have won on the final day of the Premier League season in all of the last eight years and look good value at 8/15 to beat Blackpool.
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