Birmingham Blackpool : Championship playoff final looms large for Blues or Tangerines at St Andrews
- Updated: May 9, 2012
Two sides looking to make a return to the Premier League meet at St Andrews on Wednesday night when Birmingham , who are odds on favourites, and Blackpool go head to head in their play-off semi-final second leg, as Paddy Power announce free bets on the game.
After a tight first leg which saw Blackpool run out 1-0 winners, the tie is still wide open and has the making of a classic.
Birmingham will be slightly disappointed they didn’t find the net at Bloomfield Road, however will be thankful that the away goals rule does not apply.
It has been such a monumental effort from Chris Hughton’s side in making the top six of course. Don’t forget that their season started back in July, competing in the Europa League.
The Blues have lost just once on home soil in the league this season, which makes the team confident of turning this tie around.
Hughton will be hoping that supporters come out in their numbers on Wednesday night. St Andrews has at times this season been somewhat of a library, however it is sure to be rocking this week.
As for Blackpool, their achievement this season must go down as one of the most impressive. Ian Holloway’s side have surprised plenty of people in reaching the top six again after being relegated last season.
Holloway has not had much money to spend, top of the range facilities or a massive fan base. However, he has built a team that is hard working and desperate for success.
The Seasiders are now unbeaten in their last eight encounters, form that will take them to St Andrews in good spirits and belief of making another trip to Wembley.
With eighteen attempts on goal in the first leg, Blackpool should maybe be taking more than a one goal advantage into the second leg.
Should they be defeated, Holloway and his side will be left ruing their missed chances.