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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Monday Night Football - Blackpool attack can light up Huddersfield defence

A lovely two out of two football bets for us at the weekend hopefully makes up somewhat for a horrible Thursday night, we're taking a look at the Monday Night Football games from the Championship as Blackpool take on Huddersfield & the NFL as Green Bay travel to the hostile environment of Seattle. If you aren't doing so already you can follow us on Twitter @likebuyingmoney by finding us on there or by clicking the Follow button at the top of the page - we're blogging & tweeting right through the football seasons.

Blackpool vs Huddersfield Town

The live English Championship match comes from Bloomfield Road as Blackpool entertain newly promoted Huddersfield Town. The Tangerines have made an impressive start to the season & another victory over Huddersfield will see them return to the top of the table.

 (Tom Ince has made an outstanding start to the season for Blackpool)

Blackpool's home form has been impeccable with three wins & they have dished out hammerings to Ipswich Town (6-0) & most recently Middlesbrough (4-1). That Middlesbrough win looks particularly good after Boro went & took maximum points off of  table toppers Blackburn in their next game. Youngster Tom Ince has bags of potential & it seems a number of Premiership clubs are keeping a close eye on him & who can blame them when already this season he has registered six goals & five assists. The Blackpool squad has plenty of experience & the loan signings of Nouha Dicko & Nathan Delfouneso have slotted straight in with a couple of goals each, with goals throughout the team & an attacking philosophy they are ultra dangerous.

Huddersfield will be pleased with their start & are unbeaten in their last five league games with three wins & two draws after an opening night defeat against Cardiff City. After losing striker Jordan Rhodes, for a handsome fee, they have responded well however all but one of their points have come against sides 16th or lower in the league & this is a much sterner test. The Terriers only gained a 2-2 draw when away to Ipswich & we think that is pretty average form against a side in disarray, Blackpool will play at a high tempo & youngster Nouha Dicko could give left back Paul Dixon a really hard night.

This will be a step up in class for Huddersfield against a side full of confidence & in front of a buoyant crowd & Blackpool should get the points at the best priced of 8/11, however you can also take advantage of Paddy Power's wincast market where you can get 11/4 on Blackpool & in form Tom Ince as an anytime scorer. England manager Roy Hodgson recently said he may have to look at the Championship as well as the Premier League & Tom Ince may well get into a squad soon, we'd take him over Theo Walcott right now without a moment's hesitation.

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

We've an intriguing game for Monday night's NFL as the high powered but rather misfiring Green Bay Packer offense go on the road to take on the Seattle Seahawks at their excellent CenturyLink Field stadium.

(Kicking could be prevalent in the Packers' game at Seattle)

We don't mention the Seahawk's home venue without reason - CenturyLink Field is one of the noisiest venues in the NFL along with the Detroit Lions' Ford Field & it can make it difficult for opposing offenses to communicate effectively. One of the Packers' strengths comes from Aaron Rodgers' on-field play calling when he spots mismatches but if his offense are unable to hear those calls it will make things tough especially when trying to convert on 3rd down situations. The Seahawks are pretty strong defensively & at this early stage of the season rank 2nd against the rush & a respectable 13th against the pass, Green Bay have problems at running back & will be unlikely to get anything going here. With the Packers maybe a little one dimensional the Seahawks will fancy themselves to keep this one tight.

(We're hopefully going to see some 'Beast Mode' from Seattle's Marshawn Lynch)

Green Bay are also giving up over 5 yards a carry & Marshawn Lynch will be licking his lips at facing them, he's Seattle's star offensive player & should see plenty of action as they look to keep young quarterback Russell Wilson out of the firing line. Lynch's total rushing yards have been marked up at 92.5 & in week one he only just failed to get that with 85 & last week racked up 122 yards & we think he's a solid bet to get at least that as he looks for another 100+ yard game. The Seahawks will however struggle to pass effectively as rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is one of the weakest in the league & Green Bay love to rush the passer with Clayton Matthews in scorching form & 6 sacks from his first two games. Basically both sides could find it tough to move the ball with fluency & that could mean that field goals end up coming into play, between them the two sides have scored 8 (attempted  9) in their opening two games & having a flutter on over 3.5 field goals here could be prudent. The Seahawks could cause an upset but the odds aren't quite good enough & they're only getting a 3 point lead on the spreads, we've looked at the situation & the Marshawn Lynch & field goals bets look the best on offer.

Blackpool to beat Huddersfield Town at 8/11 (General)
Blackpool to win & Tom Ince to score on the 'wincast' market at 11/4 (Paddy Power)
Marshawn Lynch total rushing yards over 92.5 (BlueSquare, Paddy Power & 888Sport)
Over 3.5 field goals in Green Bay Packer at Seattle Seahawks at 10/11 (Bet365)

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