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Nic Ladds 31st Oct 2010 - 15:16

Expect goals at Bloomfield Road

Blackpool against West Brom might not be the most attractive Premier League fixture on paper but there are no reasons why this match can't be a cracker.

Blackpool (19/10), despite having an impressive ten points from their first nine matches, more than a lot would have expected, are yet to win at Bloomfield Road. They have battled for their lives in every match so far though and with Ian Holloway's brand of attractive football, they are always entertaining to watch.

West Brom (6/4) are in pretty good form, they occupy sixth place in the league with 15 points from their nine matches and Roberto Di Matteo looks like he has finally found the right mix of players to finally keep this club in the top division for more than one season.

Blackpool's entertaining start to the season has faltered slightly in recent weeks and they have now lost four of the last five matches.  They are just one point above the dreaded relegation zone but a home win must be due soon as they were unlucky against Man City last time out.

West Brom's strength and depth in the ranks has been highlighted recently, last season's star man Graham Dorrans is unable to break into the starting line-up and after making 11 changes in the Carling Cup midweek, Di Matteo's side still smashed Leicester 4-1 away from home.

West Brom really are in from though, their current unbeaten run of six top-flight league matches is their longest since 1983. With Peter Odemwingie up front they seem to finally have found a man to put the ball in the net in the top flight.

Odemwingie has three league goals since his move from Lokomotiv Moscow, all three in matches that have ended in victories. It just shows how important it is for them to have a goalscorer. West Brom have leaked goals away from home so it is vital he scores first if they are to win and he is 5/1 to do so.

One bet I would recommend here is for West Brom's first goal to come in the second half, and when you consider ten of their 13 league goals this season have been scored in the second half - the 15/8 looks a good bet which can be found under 'goal markets' section.

I think we can safely assume there will be goals in this match too, there have been 12 in three matches when Blackpool are at home and there have been 16 in the four matches West Brom have played away.

Over two match goals is the bet at 4/6 but for the more adventurous of you might like the look of over three at 7/4.

In terms of a correct score bet, if you fancy the home side then the 9/1 on 2-1 is where my money would go, for the same result to go the way of West Brom, 8/1 is the price. My personal favourites are the 2-2 (12/1) and 3-3 (55/1) draws, I really expect goals and when you have two sides that like to attack and play forward football that also leak goals at the back - I think they could cancel each other out.

West Brom are better at home and if this was at the Hawthorns, I wouldn't think twice about recommending them for all three points. As we have seen this season, Blackpool can be a Jekyll and Hyde team but they will fight tooth and nail in what could be a goal-fest.



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