Blackpool vs Millwall verdict, predicted score, key stats and suggested bets
Two wins in three have Blackpool only three points away from safety but they face a tough test against play-off chasing Millwall on Friday.
Date, KO time and TV coverage
Championship, Friday April 28, Kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports Main Event
Blackpool to win Under 2.5 goals Both teams to score: No
Millwall's recent dip in form has seen them fall out of the play-off places. A win would see them leapfrog Sunderland and Coventry, if only temporarily. Blackpool's recent upturn in form has seen them win two of three matches for the first time since late October. Despite their poor defensive record, Blackpool have kept four clean sheets in their last eight home matches. Millwall have lost their goalscoring touch at the wrong time, failing to score in five of their last seven matches.
Gary Madine (knee), Shayne Lavery (hamstring), Charlie Goode (hamstring), Marvin Ekpiteta (hamstring), Liam Bridcutt (leg) and Kevin Stewart (foot) are all unavailable for Blackpool. Millwall will be without the services of George Honeyman (hamstring), Murray Wallace (hamstring), Charlie Cresswell (head) and Tyler Burey (hip).
Just two weeks ago, Blackpool looked dead and buried. The Seasiders were rock bottom of the league on 35 points and three wins from safety. Two wins and a six-point deduction for Reading later, things are looking a lot rosier. Stephen Dobbie's men currently sit second bottom on 41 points, but a win on Friday would move them level with Huddersfield in 21st place and set up the great escape. Millwall travel to Bloomfield Road knowing that a loss could end their Premier League dream. The Lions are level with sixth-placed Sunderland on 65 points. Their recent form has seen them be leapfrogged by Coventry and Sunderland. Their last win, a 2-0 victory over Preston, was sandwiched between a disastrous Easter weekend and back-to-back losses against Birmingham and Wigan. Gary Rowett's men have been uncharacteristically sloppy in the past few weeks. It hasn't helped that they have misplaced their shooting boots, scoring in just two of their previous seven matches. Blackpool's defensive record should give anyone hope of scoring, but the Tangerines have found some resilience in recent weeks. They have beaten Millwall's most recent conquerors Birmingham and Wigan 1-0.
Blackpool’s recent scrappy wins mirror the type of performance we are used to seeing from Millwall. Despite their contrasting positions in the Championship table, Blackpool should be up for the fight.
We've reached the point of the season where pressure does strange things and leads to some eyebrow-raising results. Back Blackpool to give themselves a chance of survival by beating Millwall on Friday.
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