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David Thompson 6th Feb 2012 - 14:27

7/1 Penalty Shoot-out could pay for Wednesday!


Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool

English FA Cup Fourth Round Replay

Tuesday 19:45 - live on ESPN

Match betting:  Sheff Wed 6/4 Draw 12/5 Blackpool 17/10

A Kevin Phillips injury-time penalty denied Sheffield Wednesday a place in the FA Cup fifth round at the end of January and Tuesday sees the return leg. The Tangerines head to Hillsborough off the back of two league victories and Ian Holloway's side will look to get past their League One adversaries and make the fifth round for the first time in 22 years.

38-year-old Phillips was a late substitute in Blackpool's last game against promotion hopefuls Cardiff City. He inspired Holloway's men to a late comeback, scoring the first of three goals in a real six-pointer of a game. The old pro is 8/1 to be first goalscorer at Hillsborough and 11/4 anytime.

Gary Megson would have been disappointed with the manner of the draw in the first leg. Wednesday were, for long periods of the game, the better side however Danny Batth's mistake in stoppage time, when he brought down Gary Taylor-Fletcher, cost The Owls the game. The Wednesday tactician will be pleased however with the fact that his side caused the high-flying Championship side so many problems, and will be keen to show that his League One team is capable of handling Championship football. The Owls are 6/4 for the match and 5/6 to qualify which demonstrates just how tightly rated these two in-form sides are.

For the Match Winner offer on this game that will be available live on ESPN, William Hill have gone for a Cup special theme. If the tie has to be decided by penalties then we are offering a Match Winner price of 7/1, which has been enhanced from 11/2. Back in August Wednesday knocked The Seasiders out of The Carling Cup with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win, and Ian Holloway will not want a repeat at Hillsborough come Tuesday night.

Currently Sheffield Wednesday occupy an automatic promotion spot in League One and fans are already preparing themselves for the six-pointer against bitter rivals Sheffield United at the end of the month. Blackpool meanwhile, are the form side in the Championship and are themselves looking to push for automatic promotion to the Premiership. The replay maybe an unwelcome extra-match in an already busy schedule for these two, however a fifth round shot against Premier League side Everton is too big an incentive not to give 110% at Hillsborough.

Looking at recent games, Blackpool should be favourites for this one, so the 5/6 available on them to qualify as well as the Evens about the draw no bet for the Seasiders look like good betting opportunities. The Tangerines missed a host of chances in the first match, so Blackpool to score both halves at 11/4 is also tempting, but the standout bet would be Blackpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 3/1 which can be found under the Goals Markets heading.



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