Blackpool - Sheffield United

With Saturday’s win against Plymouth (2-0), Blackpool extended their incredible run of five straight competitive wins at home (nine without a defeat) and just two goals conceded (ten scored). Squad that possess a decent quality and small stadium with fanatic fans made from Bloomfield Road a place that nobody likes to visit. With a single goal in both periods, Blacpool left Plymouth without a chance and in some period it looked they were doing the job in “second gear”. Winning streak gave them safety, at home play without too much respect and surely won’t be afraid of Championship giants (already beat Newcastle, 2-1). Defenders Danny Coid, Ian Evatt, and strikers Daniel Nardiello, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Stephen McPhee are all long term absentees for the hosts. Talented winger Ishmel Demontagnac made his comeback from injury against Plymouth and although he was sent off for violent conduct in a reserve match last week, his three-match ban does not yet come into play and he could feature. So, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway should start with the same side that beat Plymouth.

Blades came in the recent season as one of the main contenders for promotion. Squad that wasn’t changed too much during the transfer market possesses enough quality to fight against the best clubs in the second tier. But, problems came very soon. Currently, United are without a win in four games and have lost their last three away matches. Also, the fact they conceded eight goals in those three games (Coventry City 2-3, Swansea City 1-2, Scunthorpe United 1-3) sounds incredible when we talk about last season best defense line in Championship. Problem started, as usual, when one of the central defensive duo Morgan- Kilgallon is missing. First Chris Morgan got an injury. Recovered, but then Matthew Kilgallon fell in the “contract negotiation crisis”. Recently, he requested a transfer. Meanwhile, injury list has been growing. Manager Kevin Blackwell (his position is very insecure these days, btw.) couldn’t count on 10 first-team players for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Scunthorpe - and could only name six substitutes on the bench! New name on the list is defender Andrew Davies, while team morale is needless to say very low. Kevin Blackwell will probably set his last season favorite 4-5-1 formation and expectations are tight game is in front, with small number of goals.

United’s only advantage are club’s reputation and the fact they’re unbeaten in eight league games against Blackpool (five wins, three draws). Home side has a clear advantage and only limitation for me is the fact this is the mid-week game. I take “draw no bet” option with the high stake (Pinnacle 1.77) and home win (again Pinnacle 2.52) as a gamble.

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