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While Paul Ince has made his side almost impregnable on home soil, Al Hain-Cole thinks their soft centre on the road will be exposed by the Terriers on Friday night

Blackpool have the opportunity to move into the Championship’s top two when they travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

Paul Ince’s bright start to his first full season in charge earned him August’s Manager of the Month award but having collected just one point from the last available six, he will be eager to get back to winning ways this evening, at odds of 15/8 (2.88) with William Hill.

However, the Terriers are yet to lose on home soil this season and are favourites at 13/10 (2.30) to emerge victorious in this match.

Mark Robins’ men have drawn 12 of their last 20 league games in front of their own fans and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on the sides cancelling each other out tonight.

Both managers took over in February with their respective clubs facing the threat of relegation, successfully steering them clear of the drop zone and preserving their Championship status.

The key to Ince’s success lay in bolstering a defence that had previously conceded 47 goals in 32 league fixtures to one that let in just 16 in the remaining 14, leaving them sitting comfortably in mid-table come the end of the season.

However, this improvement at the back was only really applicable to matches at Bloomfield Road, as 14 of the 16 goals they let in came away from home, and this trend has continued this campaign.

Of the eight goals the Tangerines have conceded so far, six have been scored on the road, and they have now gone 19 away league fixtures without keeping a clean sheet.

Having scored 15 goals in their last seven home games in the Championship, Robins’ side will be confident of finding the net against this travel sick opposition defence, although just two clean sheets in their last 10 in front of their own fans suggests there is real value to be had in backing the 4/5 (1.80) odds on offer for both sides to score here.

That bet would have paid out in each of Blackpool’s last 10 league games on the road, as well as five of Huddersfield’s last seven on home soil.
 
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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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