Sat, Apr 2, 9:13am by Kevin Pitstock
This Fulham v Blackpool match is one of the many games this weekend that will help define who survives in the Premier League for another season. Both Fulham and Blackpool are very much in danger, with Fulham in 12th, only have a three point cushion, while Blackpool, now down in 15th, are just a point clear of the bottom three. It should make for a tense affair at Craven Cottage which will also be a contrast of styles. This is a Sunday lunchtime UK kick off, meaning it gets underway at 23:30AST.
Once the players have got over the rather bizarre scheduled unveiling of a statue of Michael Jackson, Fulham will be ready to perform. They have turned things round in 2011, with four wins out of their last five home matches after a start under Mark Hughes that was dominated by draws. They lost at Everton last week, where they have a truly horrendous record, but that was a first defeat in six games. Steve Sidwell hopes to return after being out for a month, and Aaron Hughes is ok despite dislocating his shoulder playing for Northern Ireland. Striker Bobby Zamora is struggling though. The two sides shared a draw at Bloomfield Road this season, where Fulham scored late on – a useful point given their away struggles.
Blackpool have halted their spell of freefall, but remain in a perilous position as theys sit on a run of a single win in 10 games. That sequence should have come to an end at Blackburn last week, but an injury time equaliser saw them squander two points. The away form has tailed off though, with that draw their only point in their last 5 away games – an area where they had been picking up points with unexpected consistency. As ever the stats confirm their intention to play with attacking abandon. Their 45 goals is among the best haul in the top flight, but their 60 conceded is the worst by any of the 20 teams in the Premier League. They are also missing their top scorer this season, striker D.J.Campbell, who is serving a suspension. The trends are not pointing upwards at the moment for the Tangerines, but their adventurous style of play is in total contrast to what Fulham like to do, which is to be solid and primarily keep things tight.
FULHAM v BLACKPOOL BEST BET
A difficult one to call, but we’ll take Fulham, strong at home, to edge home here 2-1. The sure fire winner though, as in most Blackpool games, is the over 2.5 goals at $1.57 with Sportsbet Australia, which we rate as a 4/5 betting opportunity.
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