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Blackpool vs Wigan – Wigan can edge crunch six pointer

| 16.04.2011

If ever there was a case of a relegation six pointer then it is this weekend at Bloomfield Road as both Blackpool and Wigan would have identified the clash as a must-win encounter if they are to escape the drop.

Match Odds

Both clubs have six Premier League games remaining and still have plenty of work to do to reach the 40-point barrier, which is widely seen as the benchmark for safety.

The game is especially important for Wigan as defeat would leave them at least four points from safety and it is 15/8 that they beat Blackpool.

Wigan drastically need to improve their way form as they have only won twice on their travels this season in 15 games and four of their final six fixtures are on the road.

Meanwhile, Wigan will also want retribution for their 4-0 home defeat to Blackpool on the opening day of the season.

Blackpool have failed to win any of their last five games and are on a three-match winless streak at home.

It is 13/10 in the Premier League odds that Blackpool secure the three points, with the draw that in effect helps neither team priced at 5/2.

Total Goals

Easily the most intriguing bet of the game is on how many goals will be scored.

Blackpool’s fans have been highly entertained at Bloomfield Road this season as each match has averaged 3.5 goals.

Therefore, 4/7 may be a good price that over 2.5 goals are scored against Wigan.

However, no team has scored fewer away goals than Roberto Martinez’ team during this campaign and given the importance of the clash, it is likely that things will be kept tight.

Thus, it may pay to take the 5/4 that under 2.5 goals are netted.

A £30 stake on Wigan beating Blackpool 1-0 would return £210. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.