The new Championship season kicks off on August the 17th and we have taken a closer look at some of the leading contenders and dark horses to see if there is any ante post value to be had. Here we take a look at Blackpool.
Winner: 18/1 Coral
Promotion: 11/2 (6.5) Bet365
The Tangerines have an important few weeks ahead, along with many other Championship clubs. Hanging on to the best players at a club in the second tier of English football is a challenge, and Blackpool’s lack of financial muscle only makes the problem worse. In addition to star players, manager Ian Holloway would also be a target for other clubs, and although the managerial merry go round appears to have calmed down, the removal of Steve Cotterill during the close season illustrates how easily club directors can see fit to wield the axe.
Assuming Blackpool can hang on to not just Holloway, but also the likes of Matt Phillips and Thomas Ince, there is every reason to think they can mount another challenge at the sharp end of the Championship, and the current odds on promotion offer some value.
The 5th placed finish in 2011/12 was achieved on the back of the attacking flair that Ian Holloway teams have become renowned for. There is plenty of potential for goals within the ranks and there is every reason to think Blackpool will pick up a play off spot again – or better. When backing teams ante-post for promotion, it is also worth checking previous performance in Play-offs, and the Tangerines have a strong record.
Blackpool do not have a comfortable start to the season. They open up with an away fixture at Millwall, before entertaining Leeds and Ipswich. A road trip to title favourites Leicester follows and it may pay to watch Ian Holloway’s men until at least September. By this time, the transfer window will be shut, so the uncertainty about who stays will be cleared up, and they will have got some tough fixtures under their belt. In the meantime, their price can only get bigger.
Championship Betting verdict
The tough start and uncertain squad make-up make a wait-and-see approach the safest one to take with Blackpool. Their odds are quite enticing, but with a team so vulnerable to bids from bigger clubs, much can change before September. Dropped points in the early weeks may result in a price drift and that could be the time to get Blackpool onside in the promotion market.