Market: Preston win
Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport
Looking to find an immediate Championship boost when they return to action on Saturday lunchtime, Preston will welcome Blackpool to Deepdale.
Starting with the hosts, heading into the international break with a 4-0 drumming away at Middlesbrough, there is no doubt that Preston will be glad to make a return to home soil here. Marking their return to Championship duties on Saturday lunchtime battling it out in the top-half of the table, the Lilywhites have impressed many across England’s second-tier this season. Losing just one of their last eight showdowns – a run that stems all the way back to February 11th – the Lancashire-based outfit will be desperate to claim an immediate boost this weekend. Although the Whites might be seeking a minor miracle if they are to claim a famous play-off spot in 2023, Preston should be excited by their recent success at Deepdale. Last seen in front of their own supporters claiming a deserved 2-0 win against relegation scrappers Cardiff, it should be noted that Saturday’s hosts are enjoying a four-match unbeaten run on home soil.
As for the visitors, while Blackpool might have claimed that remarkable 6-1 romp at home against QPR on March 14th, it appears that might have just been a minor boost for the Seasiders. Last seen heading into the international break with a woeful 4-1 drumming at home against Coventry, Mick McCarthy’s men find themselves at the heart of a real relegation scrap. Making the trip to Deepdale this weekend sat four points adrift in the drop zone, they have won just one of their previous six Championship battles. Tipped as a leading relegation contender in 2023, the one-time Ireland boss has seen his side gain a real reputation for their struggles on the road. It should be highlighted, on a run that is underlined by a 3-1 defeat against Reading, Blackpool have lost each of their seven straight away fixtures since opening the New Year.
Bet: Preston 11/10 to beat Blackpool in Saturday’s Championship battle @ 888sport
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