Football: Npower Championship Midweek – Blackpool v Leeds Utd

August 21, 2012
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The Npower Championship season may only be but a few days old but this is the time of year when the games come thick and fast. And so we move on to the second game for most clubs in the second tier of English Football.

Nothing to read into the first weekend of matches; it’s surely too early, but of note was but a combined single point for the three clubs relegated from last seasons Premier League. All three had away fixtures to be fair as Blackburn were held to a draw at Ipswich thanks to a late own goal, whilst Bolton were beaten by a goal in each half with no return in their opening derby match at Burnley and Wolves suffered a 1-0 defeat at Elland Road versus Leeds United.

Leeds are one of nine sides in the division who recorded wins in their opening game and by a strange fate of the fixture list are involved in the only game in midweek where any of those nine sides meet each other. Blackpool will be the hosts at Bloomfield Road, their win was a solid 2-0 win at Millwall. Thomas Ince got both goals for Blackpool and may tempt a few backers into following him to score once again in this match. 8/1 for first Goalscorer at Bet365, 9/4 with same firm for anytime seems reasonable.

Head to head records really can only relate to last season. Prior to that, we have to go right back to 1971 to find the sides coming up against each other. The corresponding fixture back in April finished with Blackpool taking the spoils with a 1-0 victory. Although not much between them in that game, the Tangerines hold the bragging rights for the season, with a 5-0 reverse at Elland Road. Blackpool have strength in depth in this squad and Angel Martinez who scored the winner in this game last year is set for a return after missing the opening game. Over EVENS is up for grabs for Blackpool to retain their 100% record and to put an end to Leeds’.

The remainder of the fixture list leaves little to enthuse but an eye will be kept on the relegated sides to see how they fare. Wolverhampton Wanderers will face Barnsley who will be bouncing after a win against Middlesboro who are among the favourites for the title. Bolton have a home tie against Derby County and Blackburn play on Wednesday night when Hull City travel to Ewood looking to build on a win against Brighton on day one. Of the three games Blackburn to beat Hull at a shade of odds on (10/11), on Wednesday night looks to be the pick of the three. Wolves seem to remain hungover from relegation, and Bolton could be too short at 8/11 to entertain with cash.

I shall wait for the weekend to look for further betting opporunities in this division, and just invest in the Blackburn Home win.

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