West Ham vs Blackpool – Crunch relegation clash at Upton Park
The Upton Park faithful may be dreading the arrival of free-scoring Blackpool on Saturday, but in a game of this magnitude, with both sides not wanting to lose we could see a stalemate.
Ian Holloway has come under fire for making 10 changes to the side that lost in the last minute to Aston Villa, and Holloway will make another 10 changes on Saturday to bring back the players that missed the Villa game.
It’s been almost 30 years since West Ham and Blackpool last met leaving us with just Premier League form to go on.
Blackpool have gained many new admirers after their start to Premier League life, but the Tangerines find themselves in 14th place after their loss to Aston Villa, just three points from safety.
West Ham are rock bottom, having managed a paltry 11 goals in 12 league games and manager Avram Grant is really starting to feel the pressure, although a win against Blackpool, West Ham are 10/11 to win, would ease that pressure.
Blackpool are certain to take the game to West Ham and it will be a case of whether Grant can combat Holloway’s attacking tactics, Blackpool are 14/5 to beat West Ham if Grant fails to out think his opposite number.
Scott Parker has five goals in 15 games this season and the captain can lead his team from the front and find the crucial goals that West Ham will need – Parker is 7/2 to score any time.
Charlie Adam’s battle with Parker will be the highlight of this relegation battle, and the Talismanic Blackpool skipper is 5/2 to score any time.
As both midfielders drive their teams forward, it could be a chance for West Ham to improve on their seven home league goals and over 3.5 goals is available at 7/4.
A 2-2 draw is priced at 14/1. See the full West Ham vs Blackpool betting odds here.