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Birmingham (0) v (1) Blackpool
Championship – Play-off 2nd leg
KO 19:45, Sky Sports 1


(Max last 10 only)
04 May 2012 Championship Play-Off Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham
31 Dec 2011 Championship Birmingham 3-0 Blackpool
26 Nov 2011 Championship Blackpool 2-2 Birmingham
04 Jan 2011 Championship Blackpool 1-2 Birmingham
23 Oct 2010 Championship Birmingham 2-0 Blackpool
24 Jan 2009 Championship Blackpool 2-0 Birmingham
20 Sep 2008 Championship Birmingham 0-1 Blackpool
23 Sep 2003 Carling Cup Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham
04 Apr 1995 Division Two Blackpool 1-1 Birmingham
31 Dec 1994 Division Two Birmingham 7-1 Blackpool

Birmingham will need to play significantly better than the first leg if they’re to join West Ham in the play-off final. For the first time since February, Blues failed to find the back of the next when it really matters.

Chris Hughton will be relieved that it is only 1-0 and he knows that his side have been excellent at St Andrews – losing just once there in the Championship all season. Blues ran out convincing 3-0 winners the Tangerines were last here and the defeat on Friday was the first in five matches against them.

Blackpool’s game plan against Birmingham as underdogs was to contain them and see what they could get on the break. Ian Holloway’s plan worked perfectly as Blackpool proved very difficult to breakdown. The Tangerines run in was based on a solid backline that only conceded three times in six games.

The visitors were unbeaten in their final three away games and will head into the contest knowing that another strong defensive effort should see them through. However, they have not enjoyed playing at St Andrews over the past few season and have conceded five times on their past two visits, without finding a reply.

With Birmingham being so strong at home and the Tangerines’ struggles at St Andrews, I would suggest backing the home side to win the game within 90 minutes at 1.88 on BETDAQ.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back Birmingham at 1.88: 6 points

Tuesday’s Return: +6.05 points


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