Blackpool v Arsenal FA Cup betting preview and tips
This is an FA Cup clash we can get excited about. Two former winners of the competition meet at Bloomfield Road, with Blackpool’s solitary triumph coming in 1953 and the current team are in good health.
The Tangerines sit eighth in the League One table and Terry McPhillips deserves tremendous credit for the work he’s done with the Lancashire club, especially with the ownership that has been in place.
Blackpool have won half of their twelve home games this season and will be excited to face an Arsenal team who are currently a work in progress under Unai Emery, with the Gunners recently travelling back from the north-west with their tails between their legs.
Emery is likely to give several first-team players a weekend off after a busy festive schedule, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka among those who could feature for the Premier League team.
The visitors might not find it easy against a team who only concede one goal per League One match and they have a well-drilled defence along with experienced heads in midfield.
Jay Spearing has found a home on the seaside after spells with Liverpool and Bolton, while Chris Taylor is a talented operator and there is firepower from Armand Gnanduillet who has scored nine goals this season.
We think Blackpool have a decent chance of making this a close match and are happy to bet accordingly, with Arsenal conceding more than two goals on average when they take to the road.
Petr Cech is likely to appear between the sticks, with the absence of Rob Holding meaning that we could see Granit Xhaka continue in the centre of defence and we can get with Blackpool at +2 on the Asian Handicap.
It means that Arsenal would need to win by three goals or more in order for us to lose our bet and we’re confident that the home side can give a good account of themselves.
Blackpool Asian Hcp +2 @ 1.67 (4/6) with bet365