Blackpool vs Arsenal: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
League One hopefuls Blackpool face a stiff test in the third round with the visit of 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal to Bloomfield Road.
Cast your mind back to 1953 and the seaside footballing town of Blackpool celebrated its one and only major English trophy after beating Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup final 4-3.
In the quarter-finals, the Seasiders defeated a certain Arsenal 2-1 on their way to glory but times change, and the pendulum has been in the Gunners camp for quite some time now.
The Gunners are in a period of transition but the gulf in quality from the Premier League to League One is all too clear, but it still remains to be seen just how seriously Gunners boss Unai Emery will take the competition.
Arsenal are regular FA Cup winners having won the tournament a record 13 times and three times since the start of the 2013/14 season.
Whether Emery plays a weakened side or not it should still play out the same way with an away win.
However, Blackpool will be no push overs and have not lost an FA Cup tie at Bloomfield Road since losing to Fulham in extra-time in January 2013.
Expect Arsenal to win but Blackpool to cause a few issues in a nervy away 3-1 win to make it a double cup elimination by Arsenal for the Seasiders this season.
- Arsenal to win and both teams to score
There is some value with betting sites in this one and none more so than this bet.
Three of the last four meetings in all competitions would see this bet pay out especially as Blackpool have scored in seven of their last eight FA Cup home ties.
- Under 2.5 goals
A smaller bet one still worth a punt. All of the sides’ last four meetings have seen at least three goals inside 90 minutes.
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Head to Head
The pair have met four times in the FA Cup.
As mentioned above, the first meeting came in Blackpool’s cup-winning year of 1953 thanks to a 2-1 win at the Gunners with the most recent a December 1999 clash in which Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a strike from Tony Adams.
The two sides have already met once this season with Arsenal beating Blackpool 2-1 in the fourth round of the League Cup.
In all competitions, Blackpool have defeated Arsenal 15 times with 44 wins for the Gunners and a total of 24 draws.
- Blackpool defeated Arsenal in the quarter-finals on their way to FA Cup success in 1953.
- Arsenal have won the FA Cup a record 13 times.
- The pair have already met once this season with the Gunners dumping Blackpool out of the EFL Cup.
- During the 2010/11 Premier League season, Arsenal defeated Blackpool 9-1 on aggregate over the two league fixtures.
- Blackpool won the first ever meeting between the two 4-2 in an 1896 Division Two contest.