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Blackpool v Hull: Promotion-chasing Seasiders in for tough test

| 02.03.2012

Hull travel to Blackpool for the Championship’s Friday night clash with the Seasiders facing several injury concerns.

Defender Craig Cathcart and winger Matt Phillips both big doubts, while striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher will definitely be missing.

However, despite their injury problems, Ian Holloway’s men head into this game as the big favourites…

Match odds

Blackpool are 23/20 to win but face a Hull side who have the fifth best away record in the division.

The Seasiders also lost their last home game 4-1 against ten-man West Ham United.

However, Hull lost 1-0 against Holloway’s men earlier in the campaign and have found the net just once in their last four away games.

They are 12/5 to bag the win but, with Hull drawing three of their previous four, backing the game to finish level at 9/4 looks a tempting bet.

Goal markets

Hull have been finding goals hard to come by in recent weeks and have failed to score in four of their last five games.

With their previous two games ending goalless, and Blackpool only averaging 1.63 goals per game at home, under 2.5 goals looks a tempting punt at 8/11 – especially as the last meeting between these sides only yielded a single goal.

Finally, Ladbrokes are offering to refund all losing first goalscorer bets if Kevin Phillips finds the net at any time and, with the veteran striker scoring in his last two appearances, that is a distinct possibility.

With that in mind, Thomas Ince bagged two in the Seasiders’ last game – including the first of the game – and is 7/1 to score first this evening.



Richard Anderson