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Burnley to end Blackpool’s Championship home hoodoo

| 18.04.2014

Sitting two points off the relegation places after picking up one point from their last five games, Blackpool will be hoping for a return to winning ways and the kind of form that has seen them record back-to-back home victories over Burnley going into this one.

The Tangerines are 12/5 to claim a third straight win over the Clarets at Bloomfield Road having won 1-0 and 4-0 in the previous two meetings between the sides at the ground.

Draws have been in short supply when these two have met in the past with the last stalemate between the sides coming way back in September 2007 with a winner found in each of the subsequent 10 clashes, making the 23/10 on such an outcome here, one to avoid.

Burnley remain the favourites for victory though, having gone nine Championship games unbeaten on the road, and with manager Sean Dyche desperate to secure promotion to the Premier League, expect the visitors to come out all guns blazing with an away win priced at 21/20.

Much of their success on the road has been built on solid starts, with the Clarets going in 1-0 up in three of their last four away fixtures in the Championship and you can get evens on Dyche’s team getting their first goal of the game in the opening half.

Those confident that Burnley can start as they mean to go on, meanwhile, can get 11/5 on the Clarets winning at half-time and full-time.

Ashley Barnes is the man of the moment for the visitors and has been particularly prolific on the road, scoring the opener in two of Burnley’s last three away games in the Championship.

The 24-year-old is 6/1 to grab the first goal of the game here with an anytime strike also available at odds of 7/4.

Blackpool’s hopes could hinge on former Blackburn man David Goodwillie, with the Scot having previously scored the opener in two of the Tangerines’ last three fixtures in the league and is 7/1 to open the scoring here with an anytime strike priced at 9/4.

The Pool beat Burnley 1-0 on their last visit to the ground and if they are to secure an unlikely victory again don’t be surprised to see a repeat given that their two most recent wins against Huddersfield and Millwall have come by that scoreline, which is available at 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

However, with Dyche and co desperate for the win and going well on the road, Blackpool’s woes look likely to continue.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.