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Rupert Wyman 28th Dec 2008 - 14:44

Parkes seeking seaside comforts

Caretaker boss Tony Parkes will look to lift spirits at Blackpool as the club are still reeling from manager Simon Grayson's controversial departure to Leeds.

In Parkes' first match in temporary charge on Boxing Day The Seasiders drew 1-1 away at Sheffield Wednesday. Blackpool took the lead through an Alan Gow penalty only for Wednesday to equalise just seven minutes later.

Nevertheless it was crucial that Blackpool avoided defeat to keep the spirit up within the camp.

Following the draw on Boxing Day The Tangerines have now drawn their last three matches in a row and you can get 13/5 about a fourth draw, against table-toppers Wolves on Monday night.

However Wolves are a much stiffer test than the previous opponents in Nottingham Forest, Swansea and Wednesday.

Wolves have just one defeat in 13 but have looked more vulnerable in recent weeks with Boxing Day opponents Sheffield United the more dominant side in their 1-1 draw. In the previous match to that Mick McCarthy's side scraped past strugglers Doncaster with a 1-0 win.

A shock home win can be backed at 31/10 with another win for the Championship's best side available at 19/20.

But the draw looks like the bet as Tony Parkes will have his troops fired up in front of their home fans at Bloomfield Road especially with the recent goings on in mind.

Caretaker Parkes and his assistant Steve Thompson hope to get the job full time so a win against top-of-the-table Wolves would be an ideal message to send to the Blackpool board of their capabilities.

Though Wolves will be no pushovers as they seek to continue their march towards the Premier League.

Wolves will be without star winger Michael Kightly through suspension but left winger Matt Jarvis will look to provide the service to the prolific pairing of Chris Iwelumo (13 league goals) and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (14).

Iwelumo is 11/2 second favourite to net the first goal of the match with strike-partner Ebanks-Blake the 5/1 favourite. However the bet here looks to Blackpool's on-loan striker Liam Dickinson. The Derby man has scored four goals in four starts for 'Pool and looks value at 2/1 to score at any point during the match.

The action gets underway at 19:45 live on Sky Sports 1 and we will have betting available on a range of markets right up until 90th minute through our betlive service.

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