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Jim Knight examines the markets for Saturday's televised Championship clash and suggests that backing Ian Holloway's in-form side is the best bet

Saturday's late Championship kick-off sees Ian Holloway lead his Blackpool side to the East Midlands in search of their fourth consecutive league win this season. Their opponents are Holloway's former employers Leicester City, who have had a mediocre start to their campaign under Nigel Pearson.

Things started well for the Foxes with victory in the Capital One Cup followed by a 2-0 win over Peterborough on the opening day of the season, since then though, it's fair to say things have not gone to plan.

Back-to-back losses to Charlton and Blackburn in the league were compounded by a 4-2 loss against League Two Burton Albion in midweek, yet the hosts are made 11/10 (2.10) favourites to claim three points on Saturday, a price which could be somewhat underestimating Holloway's side.

The Seasiders have wasted no time in getting up to speed this season, with three straight wins and only one goal conceded in that time, those victories included a 6-0 win over Ipswich.

One of the main reasons for such a strong start has been the impressive form of highly rated Thomas Ince, who has found the net on four occasions this season already, as well as providing the same amount of assists.

The visitors are made 12/5 (3.50) shots to claim a fourth league win of the campaign at the King Power Stadium, a draw is priced at 23/10 (3.30). Although that hasn't occured in any of the six league games these sides have contested this term.

Jamie Vardy, one of Nigel Pearson's summer signings from Fleetwood Town is made an industry best 6/1 (7.0) to break the deadlock.

The 25-year-old frontman opened his Championship account against Blackburn last weekend and has slotted in well to a transitional City side.

For Blackpool, veteran striker Kevin Phillips is available at 13/2 (7.50) while the aforementioned Ince, is a tempting 9/1 (10.0) shot to score first at King Power Stadium.

For those who think this game will be a high scoring one, over 2.5 goals is priced at 4/6 (1.67) which seems a little short to back given the other prices on offer. Both teams to score returns 4/7 (1.57) which may also prove prohibative to those in search of more value for money.

The best bet here is to back Blackpool on a "Draw No Bet" basis at an industry best 13/8 (2.63) with Paddy Power. Your stake will be returned if the match ends level but given Leicester's inconsistency and Blackpool's blistering start, such a price seems like good value.

For a value bet, back the in-form Thomas Ince to continue his impressive start to the season and score anytime against a defence that has conceded eight goals in their last three games, that's also an industry best price of 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power.


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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Blackpool "Draw No Bet" at 13/8 (2.63) with Paddy Power
Thomas Ince to score anytime at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power

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