Bloomfield Road, Friday, 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports 1

THE first play-off semi-final wasn't as cagey as expected although the under 2.5 goals tip came up.

What a difference an early goal makes and the Cardiff v West Ham clash was pretty open with the home side unlucky not to be on target.

Tonight's other tie between Blackpool and Birmingham is expected to produce plenty of goals – so hopefully it won't let us down.

Blackpool like to attack, especially at home, while Birmingham have netted in their last 16 Championship matches.

So the obvious bet is both teams to score at 4-5 with Blue Square while it should go over 2.5 goals at 10-11 (various).

As far as picking a winner is concerned that's tougher. I don't see Blackpool losing and it was 2-2 at Bloomfield Road last November so another score draw could be the call.

Blackpool could edge it but I'm on Birmingham at 4-5 with BetVictor to qualify and remember they won the meeting of the sides 3-0 at St Andrews.The Tangerines are 6-5 with William Hill to reach the Final.

To win tonight Blackpool are 29-20 with Ladbrokes with Birmingham 11-5 at BetVictor and the draw 12-5 with the same firm.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway backed Stephen Dobbie to guide his men to promotion when he signed him on loan from Swansea recently. The Scot has responded with five goals in five starts and Holloway will be hoping he maintains his amazing record in the play-offs, scoring both for Blackpool and Swansea.

Dobbie is 15-2 at Ladbrokes to score first and 9-4 to net at any time.

Marlon King could provide Brum's biggest threat having netted in both games between the sides this season. King is 13-2 at bet365 and BetVictor to break the deadlock and 2-1 at Coral to score.


Both to score

(4-5, Blue Square)

Dobbie to score

(9-4, Ladbrokes)

King to score

(2-1, Coral)

Birmingham to qualify

(4-5, BetVictor)

Leagues Tipped:
  1. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Agree with u there should be goals. Think blackpool will take the game to the them so went with blackpool to score in both halves @ 5/2. Also stuck a wee tenner on them to win both halves @ 7/1. Still looking for other possible bets, maybe mr f’s tip for goalscorers, so will be keeping an eye open in here for tips. Good luck in your bets tonight everyone :)

  2. John Bryan 12 years ago

    Bastia 2/1 at William Hills to win away at Le Mans.

    Nice little addition to an acca!

  3. David Paterson 12 years ago

    Going for Stephen Dobbie first scorer 5/1 on betfred. Double delight and hatrick heaven.

  4. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    £20 on Dobbie first and last for me.
    15/2 at Ladbrokes!!

    David I would have personally taken him at 15/2 as opposed to 5/1 on the double delight but hope it works out for you mate.

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Chris, that’s an OG so all first-scorer bets still running.

  5. Willie McGuire 12 years ago

    Goin with you Chris Guy although Skybet are only giving 11/2. poor show

    Also Dobbie anytime 6/4 compared to the 9/4 mentioned above, again poor show.

    Good Luck everyone.

  6. Jamie Smith 12 years ago

    went for dobbie 2-2 tonght 80/1 also dobbie is too big a price for first goal or anytime goal. guys on fire.

  7. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Yeah Willie that’s pretty naff mate. But if it wins I wins. I know people don’t like opening multiple accounts but I have an account with every bookie so I always get the best price. You should have just jumped into a Ladbrokes shop if there is one close by.

  8. dave 12 years ago

    i have gone with
    king to score first ,brimingham to win2-1
    £10 @ 55-1

  9. craig alves 12 years ago

    hl couldnt have come at a better time for you joe,
    hoping to see blackpool return to prem league just for holloways interviews after games haha says it how it is

  10. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Thanx craig. Anyone any thots on a decent cover bet?

  11. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Paul I hope so, can we clarify this. Live scores have it as an own goal and Eurosport has it as ince

  12. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Im not watching the game

  13. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Has it been awarded on sky as an own goal?

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Chris, Sky decision doesn’t matter. PA have given it as own goal and they are the arbiters.

  14. Peter Brown 12 years ago

    Thank god waitin on dobbie 2-1 45/1

  15. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Ok that’s good. Sky sports website has it as an own goal. It was Eurosport that put it down as once. According to the txt comments on Eurosport Dobbie has had a couple of chances. Just hope they don’t sit on 1-0. At least my first and last scorer bets are still running. Does Dobbie hit the penalties?

    Well done Joe, lucky with the last minute goal. Your 7/1 is looking pretty good mate.

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Chris, all bookies as far as I’m aware go with the PA goalflash. And yes Dobbie does take the penalties. He’s playing well but funnily enough about 10 minutes in I said Ince could get the first goal as he looked in the mood.

    • Mr Fixit 12 years ago

      Chris, second half Dobbie missed a sitter and Ince still looks most likely to score.

  16. joe knotts 12 years ago

    Thot i wuda at least got my score in both halves up after late first half goal but at least i got a run for my money. Thot phillips had scored but ruled out for offside. Not too much joy in here tonight, dobbie could of had a couple in first half but lets hope bigger card over the weekend will help us get some dough back from the bookies!

  17. Mr Chris Guy 12 years ago

    Thats my English btts down lol oh well I have £40 on Scottish btts

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