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Stuart Dalgleish 18th Sep 2010 - 21:08

Can Blackpool rock Chelsea?

Answer, no.

Blackpool have made a dream start to their debut Premier League season, but they were given a hiding at Arsenal in their last match at one of the big guns and the same is going to happen again at Chelsea.

At one point last season Carlo Ancelotti's team were written off as past it and in crisis, they then went on to win the double and have continued their phenomenal form into this campaign.

Four games in, the Blues have a 100% record and have conceded just one goal, that being a consolation goal for West Ham's Scott Parker when the points were already in the bag, and just for good measure Chelsea banged four goals in during the week to beat MSK Zilina in the Champions League.

Ian Holloway knew the Premier League was going to be tough, and despite their fine start they're still odds-on for relegation at 1/2, but here is where he'll get an idea of just how ruthless the big teams can be.

It will come as no surprise to see the home team as huge favourites to get the points in this one, the Blues available at 1/10, the draw is 8/1 while the seemingly impossible outcome of an away victory is a mammoth 20/1, can there have been many instances of a team at such big odds in a Premier League match?

The hosts' price is sure to be one that favours accumulators more than an individual bet, the true value in this match is sure to be found in handicap betting.

The price that looks too good to ignore to me is the 17/10 on Chelsea -3 goals, even -4 at 15/4 has to be considered; a lot of teams when they go a couple of goals up will sit on the result and make sure they don't concede, not Chelsea.

We've seen on various times over the last couple of seasons, and already this term, that they'll score goals like they're going out of fashion if the opposition will let them.

I don't see any reason for that to change against Blackpool, the Blues rotated their side against Zilina, giving the likes of Daniel Sturridge (5/1 first goal) a run out, so they will be fresh for this one, Didier Drogba (6/4) in particular will be itching to add to his four league goals after missing a few chances at West Ham.

The big Ivorian loves these kind of games where he can power through defences and get shots away, he and Florent Malouda are Chelsea's top scorers and look a good combined price of 27/20 for both to score at anytime in our Anytime Goalscorers Doubled market, certainly more attractive than 3/10 and 4/5 respectively in the Anytime scorer market, which obviously can't be backed in a double anyway.

The chances of Blackpool scoring are very slim, but the most likely man if anyone to find a breakthrough is DJ Campbell, the now-permanent signing is 16/1 to notch the first of the game, and 6/1 just to pounce at any point of the 90 minutes.

You'd have to think the striker will be feeding on scraps all afternoon, but should he get a chance he'll feel confident of putting it away after notching seven goals in his last five away matches for the Seasiders, he also scored on his last appearance at Stamford Bridge, when a plucky Leicester team were beaten 4-3.

Charlie Adam might be hopeful of getting on the scoresheet again after his goal at Newcastle last week, the Scottish ace is a whopping 20/1 to score the opening goal of the match and 7/1 to strike in 90 minutes.

The Tangerines, at the time of writing, are sat above some pretty illustrious names such as Aston Villa, Liverpool and Man City, but when they receive a battering on Sunday afternoon it should start the slippery slope down to the relegation places, especially with City and the Reds coming up on the fixture list too.



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