Blackpool vs Liverpool – Opening goal is critical for hosts

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DJ Campbell is 7/1 in the Premier League betting odds to be the first goalscorer in Blackpool’s clash with Liverpool and if he accomplishes this feat then there is a strong possibility that the hosts will avoid a home defeat.

Match Odds

Blackpool have the worst home record in the Premier League this season and despite good form on their own patch often being the prerequisite for teams hoping to avoid relegation, Ian Holloway’s side are currently 13th in the standings.

Instead, the Tangerines have been more prolific away, which includes a win at Anfield, and they are 3/1 to beat Liverpool again, which would represent just a third home win this season.

Liverpool have lost three of their last four league matches, but will be hoping that Kenny Dalglish can bring a new positive mentality to the club and turn things around.

Dalglish is preparing to manage his first Premier League match for 12 years and help Liverpool to just a second away victory of the campaign.

Liverpool’s betting odds are 10/11 to beat Blackpool, with the pair currently locked on 25 points in the league standings.

To Score At Any Time

The omens are good that Blackpool will avoid defeat if they score first, bearing in mind they are yet to lose any of the nine games this season where they have opened the scoring.

DJ Campbell was responsible for all of Blackpool’s league goals in December and therefore is likely to pose the biggest threat to the Liverpool defence.

Campbell is also 9/4 in the football betting odds to find the target at any time within the 90 minutes.

With Blackpool having scored and conceded in each of their seven league matches at home this season, there is a strong likelihood that Liverpool will get on the scoresheet.

Maxi Rodriguez may be a leading contender to score and can be backed at 3/1 to strike within the 90 minutes.

A £25 bet on the scorecast of Campbell scoring first and the game finishing 2-2 could see a return of £2000. New Ladbrokes customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Craig Kemp

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