Albion’s weekend odds - Blackpool

BRIGHTON & Hove Albion have now drawn four of their last five Championship games, but with their rivals also dropping points, they now sit fourth in the table and are on the verge of a place in the play-offs.

Liam Bridcutt
Liam Bridcutt

After an impressive 2-0 win at flagging Middlesbrough on Saturday, the Seagulls picked up what may well be a useful point at Peterborough on Tuesday evening.

The Posh, despite their lowly position, are in decent form and, amazingly, for a team so close to relegation they are now unbeaten in 10 games, and a draw, on reflection, was not the worst result for either club.

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Albion are now 1/6 to secure a top-six finish after opening a three point lead over the chasing duo Bolton and Nottingham Forest; their last three fixtures all look winnable and it would need a real collapse now to miss out.

BetVictor make Brighton 3/1 to win promotion to the Premier League which would be an extraordinary achievement.

Nottingham Forest have suddenly hit the buffers and consecutive defeats at Middlesbrough and Cardiff means they have now failed to win any of their last five - they are 11/10 to finish in the top six and 9/1 for promotion.

Albion play two of their final three fixtures at the AMEX which should be a big advantage at this stage of the season.

Blackpool visit this weekend and, after making a flying start, the Seasiders have fell away. Losing manager Ian Holloway to Crystal Palace was careless but, after new boss Michael Appleton left for Blackburn, current manager Paul Ince has had to rally his troops to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle.

They should be safe in 14th but a four point gap is too close for comfort and they will certainly not roll over this weekend.

Brighton are an eye catching 20/21 with BetVictor with only the run of recent draws a slight concern for favourite backers; Blackpool have managed a solitary win in their last six fixtures and are struggling for goals at present so a narrow success for Brighton looks on the cards.

Albion to keep a clean sheet is 13/10 and to win by exactly one goal 12/5 which both appeal.

Striker Leonardo Ulloa is having a barren spell at present and has gone four games without finding the net; his chances of overtaking Craig Mackail-Smith at the top of the Albion scoring charts are rescinding with the gap still three.

He has drifted to 9/2 and, remember, only goals scored in the regular season count in this market.

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