Birmingham and Blackpool meet on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their play-off semi final at St Andrews, as Paddy Power report that punters are lumping on Chris Hughton’s Birmingham side at odds of 10/11.
Both sides are looking to make it back to the top flight of English football at the first time of asking after being relegated last year.
The first leg was a relatively cagey affair and Blackpool ended up as 1-0 winners at Bloomfield Road.
Birmingham will be happy with their first leg performance despite going into this match with a one goal deficit to turn around. Chris Hughton and his side will be confident they can make home advantage count and progress to the final at Wembley.
The defeat on Friday evening was the first in nine previous encounters for the Midlands side, something that would have disappointed Hughton.
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Marlon King is a striker who has enjoyed a successful campaign in front of goal, finding the net 16 times in the Championship. However, King has failed to score in his last four games so will be desperate to return to form and take Birmingham back to the Premier League.
As for Blackpool, they will be delighted to go into the tie at St Andrews with a lead, though with 18 shots at goal in the previous match, may be slightly disappointed they didn’t take a bigger advantage into Wednesday night’s game.
Ian Holloway has done a fantastic job at TBloomfield road after relegation last season. Not too many people had tipped them to finish in the top six again this time out.
Holloway will be delighted his team have bounced back and now have a chance to give the Premier League another go.
It’s now eight games unbeaten for Blackpool, a run of form that will give everyone at the club belief of a positive result in this second leg.
This fixture ended in a 3-0 win for Birmingham earlier in the season and a repeat result would see the Blues make it through to the final at Wembley.
With so much at stake for both teams, it is sure to be an enthralling encounter at St Andrews. It all gets underway from 7.45pm on Wednesday.