Manchester United v Blackpool – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – EPL – 22 May 2011
Blackpool are trying to avoid relegation but have a tough test as they travel to face 1st place Manchester United in the final English Premier League matchday. The match will take place at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 16:00 BST (UK Time), 17:00 CET (Central Europe), and 11:00 EST (USA Eastern).
Manchester United v Blackpool TV Listings
It will be televised on ESPN2 (USA), TSN2 (Canada), Sky Sports 1 (UK), Sky Calcio (Italy), Sport TV2 (Portugal), C+ (Spain), C+ Sport (France), and on Abu Dhabi Sports (Middle East).
Manchester United v Blackpool Preview
Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson
“Obviously everybody expects me to leave players out and that will be the case. I have to think about next week [the Champions League final],” said Sir Alex at his pre-match press conference.
“I have to juggle the balls and make sure I get the right mix and keep the right energies for Barcelona.
“There are players who need a game anyway. Darren Fletcher, Paul Scholes and Anderson will all play. So will Berbatov, Evra and Van der Sar.
“We’ll do our fairest to make sure there’s no criticism of the club,” he added.
“The only thing you could be criticised for is if you lose a game and it affects other teams. That’s when you should be put under scrutiny for the team you picked.
“Against Hull [in 2009] we played all the young players and we won 1-0, so there was no reason to criticise the selection on that occasion. This time it will be the same again. We have to make sure we win.”
“I don’t think so. We’ve discussed it and I’ve encouraged him to stay on another year. We’ll talk at the end of the season.”
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
“It probably is bigger than last year on the 22nd, this time instead of beating Cardiff we have to beat Manchester United and even that might not be enough.”
“We could win and go down or lose and stay up depending on other results; again we can only do what we need to do.”
“We’ll have to play well and we know that but they have dropped two points at home, though they haven’t been beaten, but we’ll see – it’ll be a wonderful day,” said Holloway.
“I don’t think anything is a distraction for Man United, they’re the best team in this country, they’ve proved it and they have been for years and years and years.
“They’re completely focused on every single match whereas we only need to win one here and there whereas they have to win every week otherwise it is a disaster so fair play to them,” added Holloway.
Man Utd - Hargreaves (shoulder)
Blackpool – None
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||2.5||1.3|
|Goals against *||0.6||2.1|
|Last 5 home||W-W-W-W-W||W-D-D-L-L|
|Last 5 away||D-L-D-W-L||D-L-D-L-L|
|* Goals per match – home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Goals||Dimitar Berbatov 20||DJ Campbell 13|
|Assists||Nani 14||Charlie Adam 8|
|Yellows||Paul Scholes 9||Charlie Adam 11|
|Reds||Nemanja Vidic 1||Ian Evatt 1|
Manchester United v Blackpool Prediction
Manchester United wins 2-1
Manchester United v Blackpool Betting Odds
Man Utd win – 4/9
Draw – 7/2
Blackpool win – 11/2