Appleton's Blackpool 15-2 to gain promotion

BLACKPOOL have been clipped to 15-2 to be promoted to the Premier League after Michael Appleton was announced as their manager on Wednesday night following an agreement with League One Portsmouth over his release.

However, the Seasiders, who won 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday to move 12th in the Championship table but stay only nine points behind leaders Crystal Palace, are still 28-1 with bet365 and Boylesports to win the title and 6-4 to beat Lancashire rivals Bolton at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

The Trotters, in 17th, are 2-1 shots having lost, won and drawn the three games since Dougie Freedman was unveiled as their latest boss. The draw can be backed at 5-2.

In Scotland, Hearts have been served with a winding-up order over a tax bill amounting to around £450,000.

The club have confirmed the action by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and issued a plea for emergency backing from their fans - in the shape of buying match tickets and shares - saying they may not see out the month otherwise.

Tenth-placed  Hearts, who are 9-5 shots to win at Inverness on Saturday, are now 11-2 with BetVictor in the SPL betting without Celtic.

Match in Focus

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Newcastle v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • The last time this fixture produced a goalless draw was in 1974, 64 meetings ago
Expert verdict
This pair have produced some classics down the years and six of the eight meetings since Newcastle returned to the top flight for 2010-11 have finished with over 2.5 goals. The teams have kept just four Premier League clean sheets between them and Newcastle's recent form suggests they can give Liverpool a decent contest.


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