Championship Betting preview: Expect goals when Watford host Blackpool on Friday

Ian Holloway's side were on song last weekend but they will face a tough test against Sean Dyche's in-form Hornets. Willie Duncan expects plenty of goals from this clash
Blackpool were in impressive form last weekend when they disposed of Championship leaders Southampton at Bloomfield Road on Saturday and manager Ian Holloway will be hopeful that his side can keep that momentum going when they travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford on Friday afternoon.

Watford, though, will provide a stiff test for Blackpool, having gone seven games without defeat and having won their last three matches to haul themselves into contention for a play-off place.

Sean Dyche’s side are narrow favourites with Sportingbet to make it four wins in a row at 6/4 (2.50) with Blackpool rated as a 31/20 (2.55) chance.

With the two teams so tight in the betting, it is little surprise that the draw is rated as just a 9/4 (3.25) shot with Sportingbet. That price is certainly tempting considering how little there is to chose between the teams.

Watford have scored 29 and conceded the same amount in their home matches so far this term, while Blackpool have scored an impressive 33 goals on the road but have conceded 36, meaning that only Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers have a poorer defensive record on their travels this season than the Seasiders.

As such, it makes sense to expect a high-scoring affair on Friday and it is no surprise that Sportingbet go as short as 8/15 (1.53) in the both teams to score market, while the same firm chalk up three or more goals in the contest at 7/10 (1.70). That is an attractive price and one that looks to offer a solid return.

Value hunters, though, will seek bigger prices and the 37/20 (2.85) from Sportingbet that the opening goal of the contest comes inside the first 15 minutes carries considerable appeal here.

With the two teams so closely matched, a high-scoring draw cannot be ruled out and the 12/1 (13.0) for the match to end 2-2 merits consideration while the odds on four or more goals to be netted at 19/10 (2.90) represents decent value.

Bet of the Day

Over 2.5 goals at 7.10 (1.70) with Sportingbet
2-2 draw at 12/1 (13.0) with Sportingbet

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter here.