Fri, Mar 18, 10:19am by Kevin Pitstock
This looks like a match that will be absolutely key in terms of Premiership survival, with both Blackburn and Blackpool finding themselves dragged into the most intense battle for survival in years. Both sides are just a point above the relegation zone – a place they haven’t been all season, and now is hardly the time to start. Although these two have closer rivals, they are only 27 miles apart, so there should still be a bit of local pride at stake too.
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Blackburn have problems by the looks of it. Enough to force the owners to state they were right behind manager Steve Kean after picking up just one point in their last five games and there is a sense that they are a side getting sucked into a late struggle against relegation. The pressure is certainly on Kean, even t at this early stage of his managerial career. Defending has become a a problem, with 11 goals shopped in their last four matches, though highly rated youngster Phil Jones could return to action having been ruled out through injury since December. Rovers also have a tough run in with some of the leading sides coming, which only ratchets up the pressure here. Kean has been moving round his strikers, not starting Roque Santa Cruz and preferring Jason Roberts to Nikola Kalinic last time out. It just doesn’t seem settled and happy.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway believes two more wins can keep them up and this might be a good chance. They have, like Blackburn, had their schedule disrupted with the FA Cup, so at least they come into this fresh after their defeat by Chelsea. Blackpool will be missing striker D.J.Campbell, their top scorer, who is in the middle of a three match ban. The Seasiders are on a run of just one win in 9 matches, but they are often more successful away from home, having won more games on the road than at their Bloomfield Road base. They also have midfielder Charlie Adam, their most influential player, back after a two game suspension and his delivery from free-kicks and corners could prove massively important. Their cavalier style might just be made for a Blackburn defence which has shown some creakiness in recent matches.
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We actually fancy Blackpool here with Adam back and Blackburn struggling, our scorecast is a 2-1 win for Holloway’s team and they are a big price at $4.50 with SportsBet Australia.
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