Blackpool v Cardiff City Preview, Prediction, and TV Listings
The English Championship promotion playoffs is down to the final as Blackpool faces Cardiff City. The match will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Saturday, May 22, 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 15:00 local time in the United Kingdom and 10:00 EST.
It will be televised on Fox Sports Plus in the United States, Setanta Sports in Canada, Sky Sports 1 in the United Kingdom, Sport Italia in Italy, SuperSport in Africa, and on Fox Sports 1 in Australia.
Blackpool v Cardiff City Preview
The final promotion spot to the English Premier League for the 2009-10 is down to one match on Saturday afternoon. Neither side has ever played in the EPL since it formed in 1992 and would received a major boost financially from receiving promotion.
Blackpool reached the final with a 6-4 aggregate win over Nottingham Forest while Cardiff City advanced on penalty kicks over Leicester City.
The betting odds show that neither side is a major favorite and it could go either way. The two teams played to 1-1 draws in both matches during the Championship season so a close match is expected. Blackpool were more convincing in the semifinals but that doesn’t mean they will win the final.
It’s a match that you could flip a coin to make a prediction. Anything more than a one goal margin would be surprising and it could easily be decided by penalty kicks.
Blackpool win – 6/5 (SkyBet), 11/5 (William Hill)
Draw (after 90 minutes) – 12/5 (SkyBet), 11/5 (William Hill)
Cardiff City win – 9/4 (SkyBet), 13/10 (William Hill)
|Goals||Charlie Adam 17||Peter Whittingham 22|
|Reds||Brett Ormerod 1||Joe Ledley 1|
|Yellows||Charlie Adam 13||Jay Bothroyd 13|
|Last Five Matches in Competition|
|@Nottingham Forest 3-4||Leicester City 2-3|
|Nottingham Forest 2-1||@Leicester City 0-1|
|Bristol City 1-1||@Derby County 2-0|
|@Peterborough United 0-1||Sheffield Wednesday 3-2|
|Nottingham Forest 3-1||@Queens Park Rangers 0-1|
Blackpool v Cardiff City Prediction
Blackpool will win 1-1 and 4-3 on penalty kicks.