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Hull can kick off the football season with a win at home to Blackpool

| 05.08.2011

It’s been almost two months of barren betting slips and greyhound tips, but finally the football season returns tonight when Hull and Blackpool meet at the KC Stadium.

With a weekend of football league betting ahead this tie offers up a tasty entree and while the KC Stadium witnessed the fewest goals in the Championship this season, Blackpool can bring plenty of excitement to tonight’s match.

Hull are the 13/10 favourites for tonight’s game and Nigel Pearson will be hopeful that his seven new signings will influence the squad and produce the right result for Hull tonight.

Considering they have lost just one of their eight matches when they’ve started the season at home, the omens are good for Hull, especially considering Blackpool have won just twice on the opening day in the last 10 years.

Ian Holloway may have lost Charlie Adam and David Vaughan but he’s still clinging on to DJ Campbell and having brought in nine new faces, including Bojan Djordjic, Kevin Phillips and Barry Ferguson, the Blackpool squad will be confident of ending the opening day hoodoo.

Blackpool are 2/1 to win tonight and Holloway knows his side need a strong start to the season if they are to convince people they are capable of challenging for a return to the Premier League.

The Tangerines became the side that scored more goals than any other side ever in the face of relegation from the Premier League, but they come up against the third strongest home defence from last season’s Championship.

Only two of the last 11 clashes have ended in draws and so the draw seems unlikely and despite Blackpool’s ability to get goals, a 1-0 Hull victory at 7/1 looks the pick of the correct score market.

Under 2.5 goals is available at 4/5 and while this is a new season, the KC Stadium’s ability to produce minimal goals can continue.



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.