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Not easy to follow instructions to the letter

AMAZINGLY, Blackpool didn't suddenly start playing better after their fans wrote a letter to the players asking them to.

Who'd have thought it? We all grew up writing letters to Father Christmas that sometimes came true so why shouldn't a letter asking a team to win more matches work?

Maybe because it's complete nonsense.

Sam Allardyce probably gets letters from West Ham fans asking him to get them to play more like Barcelona. I've got doubts that he takes them especially seriously.

I once got a letter from someone asking me to tip more winners and if you followed me in backing against both teams scoring in Arsenal's match with West Ham then you're probably already aware that I didn't magically start hitting the bullseye every time.

Burnley face Blackpool in one of Friday's live Championship games and as a man who has always preferred booze to fruit, I'll be choosing the Clarets not the Tangerines.

I've written a letter to a couple of bookmakers asking them if I can have 5-1 about promotion-chasing Burnley but have had no reply yet, so might have to settle for a shade of odds-against.

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19:30 TODAY BT2

E Frankfurt v Hannover

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Expert verdict
Hannover probably need another couple of points before they are safe from the threat of relegation but the Bundesliga strugglers could be left feeling nervous after this trip to Frankfurt. Eintracht have won five of their last seven Bundesliga matches at home which compares favourably to Hannover’s dismal road record.