Michael Appleton has been easing himself into his new role as Blackpool boss nicely and, although his play-off chasing Tangerines have drawn five of their last eight games, he’s yet to taste the bitterness of defeat since he moved north from Portsmouth.
His side are priced at 11/10 to kick off their festive programme with a win at home to the spluttering Wolves, with Stale Solbakken’s men priced up as 12/5 alongside the draw.
Recently relegated Wolves would have envisioned a more comfortable return to the second tier of English football. Instead they find themselves way off the promotion pace in 18th and, with just two wins in their previous 12 outings, they’re in desperate need of a good Christmas if they’re going to mount any form of play-off charge in the New Year.
However, they’re not without a chance at Bloomfield Road as neither side are adept at keeping clean sheets. Between them they’ve managed a measly two shut outs in 19 games; Wolves are the chief culprits with one in 12, while Blackpool have the same amount but over seven games. This will go a long way to explaining as to why these two much-fancied pre-season promotion candidates are languishing in mid-table.
Both teams to score looks a banker here and it’s no surprise to see the price so short at 4/7. To add some value to this market you’re going to have to call the match result as well so back the hosts to win and get paid out at a tidy 11/4, while the score draw – Appleton’s specialty since he succeeded Ian Holloway – pays out nicely too at 3/1.
Away from home, however, Wolves have had trouble turning losing positions into single points. They’re yet to share the spoils on their travels since their relegation and when their opponents have bagged first they have ended up on the losing side.
For this reason, back the Tangerines to emerge victorious with over 2.5 goals being scored at 2/1 and expect to kick the yuletide off with a decent profit.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date