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P.J. Murray 9th Apr 2011 - 8:08

No Retreat, No Surrender?

Arsene Wenger is a supposed master of the mind games, with only eight games remaining the Frenchman has reverted to type and raised the white flag saying '"second place is no disaster".

Whether taking the supposed pressure off his players will inspire a Lazarus like comeback and motivate Arsenal to surge to their first Premier League title since 2004 remains to be seen, but at 2/5 they should beat Ian Holloways Blackpool.

Depending on results on Saturday, Blackpool could find themselves in the bottom three for the first time this season, something which many would have struggled to believe pre-season.

The home side are 13/2 while the draw is currently 7/2, but the value here might be on one of our many other markets.

Blackpool were handed their first defeat in the top flight by Arsenal, since that loss they went on to lose 15 other league matches.

Bloomfield Road has proven to be a ground for goals as no team has kept a clean sheet at the Seaside ground. At 8/15 you can back both sides to score, but if you expect Arsenal to buck that trend then you can back them at 11/8 to keep a clean sheet.

Blackpool will be boosted by the return of their talismanic goal scorer, DJ Campbell. The striker is 8/1 to score first and 11/4 to score anytime in the match. Influential captain, and future multi million pound transfer signing, Charlie Adam is 11/1 to score first.

Arsenal are a team not short on firepower, however they have only scored two goals in their last three games in all competitions. This was in the come from behind draw at the Hawthorns. So if the Gunners are to prove that they have a chance of deposing Manchester United as the Premier League champions then they will need to signal some intent against Blackpool.

Robin Van Persie is 10/3 to get the first goal of the match, the Dutchman scored the all important equaliser against West Brom. Andrei Arshavin is a 5/1 chance as a lot will be expected from the Gunners hit men.

Wegner will be boosted by the news that Cesc Fabregas will make his first start since returning from a long injury, and at 11/2 you can back the captain to lead from the front and score the first goal.

Arsenal hit the Tangerines for six on their last meeting, but as of late they have been failing to rout sides, backing the handicap draw at 8/1(Arsenal -1 goal) might be a shrewd investment. However Blackpool are 8/11 with a two goal head start.

The unders in the match, under 2.5 goals, is currently priced at 2/1, but for a bigger price you might want to back Blackpool draw no bet at 9/2.

One thing is for sure, a draw is not going to be much good for either side, a three point result is what is needed if Arsenal are going to keep their slim hopes alive while Blackpool need to keep the fairytale alive. I expect Arsenal to win, but by a single goal which is why I would be backing the handicap draw at 8/1.

 

 
 
 

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