Fri, Feb 25, 1:43pm by Kevin Pitstock
Here’s a key game in the battle to stay in the Premier League. Wolves have been pretty much fixtures in the bottom three but came so close to escaping last weekend, while Blackpool have valuable breathing space after their excellent midweek win over Spurs. A win could finally lift Wolves out of the relegation zone and have Blackpool fans sweating all over again. The test of tension and nerve makes it an intriguing match ahead.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS PREVIEW
The first challenge for Wolves is not to shoot themselves in the foot. Twice in the last four games they have given away bad late goals, which have cost them three points. It was a defensive error against Bolton, and a goalkeeping mistake in the draw with neighbours West Bromwich Albion. These are signs of a team that might struggle to survive. On the other hand, the performances have been creditable. Wolves have had most of their success at home, picking up 6 of their 7 wins so far at Molineux. The goals have dried up a little though, with just three in the last six league matches – and two of those were against Manchester United. They do have a slight advantage in that they should be a little fresher. They met West Brom on Sunday, while Blackpool were in midweek action. Neither side has the most squad depth.
Blackpool might, just might be over the worst. Their 3-1 victory over Spurs was a first win of 2011, and it was earned against one of the elite sides. It snapped a run of 9 matches without a win and it followed up a useful draw against Aston Villa. It was also interesting to see some of the players brought in, like James Beattie and Sergei Kornilenko, making an impact. Fresh faces can always help. Ian Holloway’s side are facing up to missing Charlie Adam for two games, due to suspension. While he is seen as key to their survival, Blackpool have won without him – and done so away from home, when they beat Sunderland. They will maintain their positive style that has served them well, with 5 wins already chalked up on the road.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v BLACKPOOL PREDICTION AND TIP
This is a calculated risk and while it’s not a certainty Blackpool will win, there is no doubt they are overpriced to do so, and we like the $4.33 with Sportsbet Australia a great deal. Our prediction is a 2-1 win for Blackpool.
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