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Betblazer's Definitive Guide: Arsenal vs. Blackpool

League Cup 30 October 2018

Blackpool will be looking to put a disappointing derby loss behind them as they head to North London to face a second string Arsenal team.

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Everything you need to know: Arsenal vs. Blackpool

Match Information: Arsenal vs. Blackpool
  • When is Arsenal vs. Blackpool?

The match will played at 7.45PM UK time on Wednesday 31/10/2018.

  • How can you watch Arsenal vs. Blackpool?

You can watch the match on Sky Sports.

Respective league positions and head to head: Arsenal vs. Blackpool
TeamPositionMatches PlayedGDpoints
Arsenal (PL)4th101122
Blackpool (L1)12th14522

Arsenal vs. Blackpool head-to-head last five matches

Blackpool vs. Arsenal - Premier League - 2011 - 1-3

Arsenal vs. Blackpool - Premier League - 2010 - 6-0

Arsenal vs. Blackpool - FA Cup - 1999- 3-1

Arsenal vs. Blackpool - League Cup - 1976 -2-0

Arsenal vs. Blackpool - League Cup - 1976 -0-0

Arsenal vs. Blackpool: best betting odds

Arsenal

  • Arsenal head into this match off the back of a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. The result saw a nine match winning streak come to an end.
  • Arsenal won their first League cup game against Brentford 3-1, a scoreline that flattered the Gunners who had 13 shots compared to Brentford's 14. In the end it was the quality of finishing that separated the two teams with Welbeck grabbing two goals and Lacazette adding a third in the 93rd minute.
  • Arsenal got to the final of the Carabao Cup last year only to get beat 3-0 by a ruthless Man City.
  • Smith Rowe is expected to start his first game since his excellent Europa League performance against Qarabag FK.

Expected Starting XI

  • Cech
  • Xhaka, Holding, Sokratis, Lichsteiner
  • Elneny, Guendouzi
  • Mkhtaryan, Ramsey, Smith Rowe
  • Welbeck

Blackpool

  • The Seasiders will head to North London off the back of a frustrating 3-2 derby loss to Fleetwood Town. This defeat was their first ever loss - in seven meetings - to their rivals.
  • Don't be fooled by their lowly league position. Blackpool are currently the only team in League 1 that has played fourteen matches. Most teams ahead of them have played sixteen and a couple have played fifteen. Two victories in a row could see them climb to as high as fourth or fifth in their league.
  • Blackpool beat QPR 2-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Expected Starting XI

  • Cairns
  • Coyle, Eastham, Morgan, Husband
  • Sheron, Holt, Wallace, Hunter
  • Evans, Burns

Arsenal vs. Blackpool: Match Preview

There isn't much of a history between these two teams, with their last competitive match taking place in 2011 when the Seasiders were last in the Premier League. Since then Blackpool have been relegated twice whilst Arsenal have remained hovering consistently in and around the top-4 of the Premier League.

However, we think this could be a more competitive match than you might expect. Blackpool have produced some good performances this season, a fact that isn't reflected in their lowly league position. Their game against Sunderland was postponed so they're currently lagging behind many of the other League Two teams by two matches.

Arsenal will play a second string team. A mixture of young talent in Smith-Rowe and players who are slightly past their best in the likes of Cech and Lichsteiner. Their last Carabao Cup match against Brentford was much closer than the 3-1 score would suggest and we suspect Emre will be much more fussed about their upcoming weekend fixture against Liverpool.

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