Who would have thought that Liverpool and Blackpool would be tied on points after 20 rounds, but that’s just the Premier League football for you. The Tangerines now aim to stop their three-match losing run, while the Reds are looking for their first victory under Kenny Dalglish, and everything suggests we will see an exciting game at Bloomfield Road.
Can Tangerines do the double?
While Blackpool achieved a couple of decent results at the start of their maiden Premier League campaign, nobody took them seriously until their impressive victory at Anfield. Ian Holloway’s team then continued with pretty solid performances, with their in-your-face football gaining wide acclaim within the football community. Despite being tipped as the main relegation candidates before the season started, the Tangerines were not afraid to play their own game even when pitted against the best Premiership sides and it is little wonder their games are always a joy to watch. Ian Holloway’s side now want to end the latest poor run, meaning they will go full guns blazing at Liverpool, especially as the Reds are hardly a team that can strike fear this season.
Ian Holloway will reinstate his first team regulars after resting them in the FA Cup defeat to Southampton, but David Carney is on international duty with Australia.
King Kenny has a tough task
This season have been going from bad to worse for Liverpool, who find themselves just few points above the relegation zone after losing three of their last four league games, but Reds fans are not losing their hope. Their favourite and club legend Kenny Dalglish was brought to replace Roy Hodgson and despite losing his first game after taking over the reigns, King Kenny is seen as saviour by the Kop army. We are yet to see how Dalglish will fare this season, but his appointment seems to have brought an air of optimism to Anfield and the players could profit from this change of personnel. The Reds are in such a position that they have to try and win every single game until the end of season, while they are also looking to get revenge on Blackpool for the Anfield defeat, meaning they won’t settle for anything less than a win.
Steven Gerrard starts his three-match ban, whereas Joe Cole and Paul Konchesky face late fitness tests. Glen Johnson could be absent as he expects the birth of his child.
Blackpool have already proved they don’t fear anyone in the Premiership and there is no doubt they will attack the opponents from the off. Liverpool are about to do the same as they are in a precarious situation, so we are likely to see a very open game at Bloomfield Road. Therefore, we recommend betting on over 2.5 goals.
Our prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.80 (4/5)