League One, kick-off at 3:00pm Saturday 21st October 2017 from Bloomfield Road
Blackpool enjoy home advantage over second-place Wigan on Saturday, knowing victory in front of their own fans would push them into the top-six promotion play-off places, while sending out a message of intent to the rest of the pile. Either side are capable of winning the points, and it would come as no major shock to see either win the league either.
Wigan start with much the better form, winning four and drawing one of their last five. They have just two points to find to catch leaders Shrewsbury, and will be confident of piling on the pressure with a result here. We get the opinions of our expert team on the outcome of this one – follow our betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Blackpool
22 points on the board has Blackpool level with Oxford in sixth, the latter just four goals higher going into the weekend. Gary Bowyer’s side have proven tricky to nail down of late however, costing punters a few quid, thanks to a run of two defeats, two draws and one win in their last five. They did get the spare maximum last time out, and have picked up four points from the last six available to them. A decent start to the month, they remain unbeaten in three in all competitions.
Concentrating on their league results, and The Seasiders managed a share on the road with Walsall, courtesy of a 1-1 finish. They fared better on their own patch on Tuesday, beating Bury 2-1, thanks to goals from Mellor and Tilt. Beckford hit back just shy of the hour, but Tilt’s first goal in Blackpool colours settled things. He timed it to perfection. Bury hit the post in extra-time as the victors hung on.
Both teams to score again here is worth a second looking when putting together your betting tips and predictions, a punt that will net you 4/5 (Coral) if it comes good. There’s more of a price available if you’d prefer to take your chances on a home win, Betfair offering a market best quote of 3/1. The same firm also lead the way on the draw at 11/4.
Team News – Wigan
Wigan have been consistent so far this season, losing just two of their first 14. That run includes 10 wins, four of them coming in their last five. October’s form is made up of victories over Scunthorpe and Southend, with Saturday’s away trip being their third of the month so far. They had to settle for a share of the spoils last time out however, that purple patch brought to a halt courtesy of a 1-1 away to Gillingham on Tuesday.
Hard-fought, they were lucky to get the point, Eaves putting The Gills ahead on 55 minutes. That looked like it was going to be the match-winner, but Wigan were able to save face, Morsy netting with just eight minutes left on the clock to break off a share. The loss would’ve been a real upset, a draw pre-match would’ve been surprising enough, but no one in a Wigan shirt complained.
A quick-fire return to winning ways is expected here, and if you’re happy to place your trust in the hands of traders, back the away win. William Hill is the place to do it, as they are offering a market top price of 21/20, meaning your stake money will work that little bit harder. Fancy a value play? Both score and Wigan win is available at 16/5 (Coral).
Blackpool vs Wigan – League One Tips and Betting Predictions
A close match expected, but we have to go with the form side of the two. Consistency has Wigan in the automatic promotion places, and their ability to continue that will see them stay there. Points will be dropped on off-nights more than once during a campaign, but they’re good enough to win the matches that matter, and this is a match that matters. Away day is the NAP of our betting tips at 21/20 (William Hill).
That’ll do a job in your multiples, but if a super single, at a big price, is more your thing, then follow our thinking in the correct score market, where 2-1 Wigan is the next best of our match predictions. That’s an 8/1 play at Bet Victor, and would have seen you bag a return when The Latics beat Scunthorpe earlier this month on the road.
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