Exeter City v Blackpool Betting: Play-off to come to life after the break

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Our tipster expects both teams to make their mark in the second half as the Grecians go head-to-head with the Seasiders for a place in League One

After two sensational semi-finals, the stage is set for the League Two play-off final between Exeter City and Blackpool.

Both of these sides secured their place at Wembley by virtue of 6-5 aggregate wins against Carlisle United and Luton Town respectively - and the two teams left it late, with both the Grecians and the Seasiders scoring 95th minute winners in their respective semi-final ties.

If those semi-final ties are anything to go by, Sunday's match at Wembley looks likely to be a classic and it is Exeter who are chalked up as bet365's 11/8 (2.38) favourites to win inside 90 minutes, while the odds compilers offer 11/5 (3.20) that the match remains deadlocked at the end of normal time. Blackpool can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) to take their place in the third tier of English football with a win this weekend.

Blackpool winger Tom Ince

It is remarkable to recall that just six years ago, Blackpool were playing Premier League football. Since then, there has been precious little to celebrate for their long-suffering supporters, but a win at Wembley will see Gary Bowyer's men move back into League One at the first attempt, following back-to-back relegations in the last two seasons. Even money (2.0) is available that the Seasiders are promoted.

Exeter, though, will provide stiff opposition. The Grecians finished above Blackpool in League Two this season and Paul Tisdale's team can be backed at 5/6 (1.83) to seize this opportunity to move into the third tier for the first time since 2012.

Blackpool enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win when they faced Exeter at Bloomfield Road back in August, while the teams played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at St James' Park in February - the most recent meeting between the teams. There is 6/4 (2.50) that Blackpool again score at least two goals when they face Tisdale's charges.

GFX Exeter Blackpool betting

There is, most certainly, potential for the goals to flow yet again when this rivalry is renewed. The offer is 17/20 (1.85) that there are more than two goals scored on Saturday, while the odds compilers go 4/6 (1.67) that both teams are on target - both of those selections would have landed comfortably in both legs of the play-off semi-finals involving these teams.

The same firm offer 2/1 (3.0) that there are at least four goals scored in this game and given the open, exciting football that was on display in those semi-final ties, that particular play may well prove popular with punters. Furthermore, there have been at least four goals scored in each of Exeter's last five fixtures, as well as in Blackpool's last three outings.

Both sides are capable of getting amongst the goals and there could be value in backing both teams to score in the second half of this match at 2/1 (3.0) - the opening stages may well be tentative as the teams look to find their feet, but as the match reaches the closing stages it could well open up, with both sides desperate to get onto the front foot in a bid for glory.

As such, bet365's 2/1 (3.0) quote for both teams to find the net in the second half of Saturday's League Two play-off final at Wembley could offer good value for punters.

Both teams to score in the second half at 2/1 (3.0) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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