Blackpool may be sitting pretty comfortably in the upper reaches of the League One table with their six-game winless run ended by a 2-0 win over table-topping Portsmouth last time out, however off-field there are signs that the Seasiders are once again in turmoil and the bookmakers have responded by slashing their odds on being relegated at the end of the season from 66/1 to as low as 2/1 in some circles.
William Hill Bookmakers go 3/1 that Blackpool find themselves in League Two next season with a reported 94% of bets over the past two days being on the Seasiders dropping into the fourth-tier of the English game.
Following the uncertainties over the future of the club last year, Blackpool FC had been considering the possibility of entering administration and rumours on social media are suggesting that this may prove to be the case this term, the result of which being that ‘League One Relegation’ has been one of the most popular betting markets in the past few days.
Blackpool almost certainly won’t be relegated on the back of their league results given that sit eighth in the League One table right now, however a points deduction would come their way should they enter administration and this could be enough to dump them in the bottom three in the division.
The activity seen on Blackpool going down to League Two is by-and-large unprecedented in the English game and given the scale of the bets being placed in this market, it would appear that things are far from rosy at Bloomfield Road right now.
League One Relegation – William Hill Odds
4/9 – AFC Wimbledon
4/9 – Plymouth Argyle
6/4 – Bradford City
7/4 – Gillingham
7/4 – Scunthorpe United
2/1 – Bristol Rovers
9/4 – Oxford United
9/4 – Rochdale
3/1 – Blackpool