Ince inspires Blackpool rout
The former Liverpool man continued his impressive opening to the season as he netted twice, taking his tally to four for the campaign, and was involved in another three goals at Bloomfield Road as Ian Holloway’s men made it three wins from three.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Craig Cathcart, Nouha Dicko and an Aaron Cresswell own goal took the tally for the match to six, and landed 21/20 odds about the home win.
Bookies have reacted to the opening three matches and shortened Holloway’s men for promotion, with Ladbrokes now offering a best of 11/4, while they can be backed at 8/1 for the title with several firms including Bet365.
Brighton were also comfortable winners at the weekend when they wrapped up a 5-1 victory against Barnsley, to pick up their first league success of the campaign. Ashley Barnes and Craig Mackail-Smith both bagged braces, with Wayne Bridge scoring his first league goal in nearly nine years, as Gus Poyet's men brought home Ladbrokes’ 4/5 about the home win.
The longest winning odds over the weekend came in Saturday’s early kick-off as Bristol City impressed in their 4-2 triumph over Cardiff at Ashton Gate. Priced up at 2/1 pre-match, Derek McInnes’ men put the Bluebirds to the sword, with Stephen Pearson, Sam Baldock and two Martyn Woolford goals sealing the points.
Both Peterborough and Crystal Palace have the ignominy of still being pointless after three matches, and early signs suggest it could be a long season for both.
Posh went down 2-1 at home to Leeds, with Michael Bostwick’s strike not enough to cancel out a Luciano Becchio brace as the 6/4 Whites claimed all three points.
Meanwhile, Palace were unable to take anything from their trip to Middlesbrough, with Jermaine Easter’s penalty nothing more than a consolation after Seb Hines and Merouane Zemmama put Boro 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium.
Darren Ferguson’s men are now favourites for relegation with the majority of bookmakers, with 5/4 the best available at Victor Chandler, while the Eagles can be found at no longer than Skybet’s 2/1 for the drop.
Sheffield Wednesday have been cut to as short as 11/2 to claim promotion after they took second spot in the league with a 3-2 win over Millwall. They had trailed 2-1 at half-time, but a second-half brace from defender Miguel Llera sealed the 11/10 triumph at Hillsborough, leaving Paddy Power’s 6/1 as the best price for an Owls return to the top flight.
Results: Bolton 2-2 Nott’m Forest (Friday), Bristol City 4-2 Cardiff, Blackburn 2-1 Leicester, Blackpool 6-0 Ipswich, Brighton 5-1 Barnsley, Charlton 0-0 Hull, Huddersfield 2-0 Burnley, Middlesbrough 2-1 Crystal Palace, Peterborough 1-2 Leeds, Sheff Wed 3-2 Millwall, Wolves 1-1 Derby, Watford 2-0 Birmingham.
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