The media circus in waiting to jump on Ian Holloway’s case, given that the Blackpool manager was less than courteous to reporters relating to the ten man change to his team at Villa Park in midweek. Meanwhile, West Ham were stuttering their way to a home draw against West Brom with the visitors looking much the better team for longs periods of play.
Team news is difficult to pinpoint regarding the visitors, as Ian will probably take as long as possible to name his team, not wishing to take the attention away from the main item on the agenda, leaving Upton Park with all three points.
Mark Noble will be out for a while for West Ham following his appendix operation whilst Carlton Cole faces a late fitness test after sustaining a pulled hamstring in the West Brom encounter.
The two teams have met twice before at this level, with both teams winning creating an aggregate score-line of 3-3 to date.
Eight league games have passed since West Ham gained their only success this season when Tottenham were the visitors. Compare that fact to Blackpool’s victories at Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan and you can see why the Seasiders appeal given the 100/30 odds quote by a handful of bookmakers.
Anyone contemplating the reverse result might consider the 11/5 odds by bookmakers for the Hammers to lead at half time before going on to secure all three points. If West Ham fail to secure a half time lead, it might be difficult for Avram Grant to motivate his players to winning effect.