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Blackpool v Arsenal

FA Cup
Sat 5th Jan 2019 - KO 17:30

BT Sports Match Preview

It’s FA Cup third round weekend and with it comes a huge potential upset as Premier League big boys Arsenal travel to Bloomfield Road to face League One Blackpool.

The Gunners were beaten by lower league opposition in the FA Cup last season as the then-defending champions suffered a 4-2 defeat away at Nottingham Forest – Arsene Wenger’s first-ever third-round exit.

And they’ll be desperate to avoid a similar upset when they travel to Blackpool on Saturday night in front of the BT Sport cameras.

 The two sides coincidentally have already met this season, with Arsenal edging past the third-tier side 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners went 2-0 up through Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe goals but were reduced to 10 men after Matteo Guendouzi was shown a red card with 34 minutes still to play.

Paudie O’Connor pulled one back for the visitors, but the centre back was then sent off himself and Arsenal were able to hold on to advance to the quarter-finals.

At Bloomfield Road though, Unai Emery's side can expect a sterner examination of their credentials than in north London.

The one-time winners of the competition, back in 1953, were taken to a second-round replay by Solihull Moors but saw off the non-league side 3-2 at home.

Terry McPhillips’ side are currently 10th in League One and without a victory in their last five league matches after a 1-0 defeat at home to Sunderland last time out.

The Tangerines were beaten in the first round by non-league Boreham Wood in last season’s short-lived FA Cup campaign so have already had a much more successful campaign but will not be content with just making up the numbers against the Gunners.

Arsenal meanwhile got back on track with a 4-1 victory at home to Fulham on New Year’s Day, secured by Granit Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goals.

The result put to bed the chastening loss away at Liverpool – when their defence was ripped apart to lose 5-1 to the form side in the Premier League.

It will be interesting to see how strong a side Emery selects for the third-round clash with Arsenal afforded five days to prepare after the Fulham game.

Key Stats​

- This will be the fourth FA Cup tie between Blackpool and Arsenal – Blackpool eliminated the Gunners in 1952-53 and 1969-70, with Arsenal winning the most recent encounter 3-1 in December 1999.

- Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine games against Blackpool in all competitions (W7 D2), winning the last five in a row, including a League Cup match earlier this season.

- Blackpool are winless in their last 14 FA Cup matches against top-flight opposition (D4 L10), since beating Burnley in the third round in January 1976.

- Arsenal were eliminated at the third round stage of the FA Cup last season – the first time they had been beaten at this stage since 1995-96.

Match Odds​

Blackpool: 12/1

Draw: 11/2

Arsenal: 1/5

Manager's thoughts

Unai Emery:

When we played here against them in the Carabao Cup, we knew this history of this club. They aren’t in the best moment for that. But here against us at the Emirates they played very competitively and gave us a lot of difficult moments. I have a big respect for each team and I know they are one team now not in the best moment but the respect is there because it’s a very big opportunity for them to play against us with their supporters and live this important moment, finding the chances against us.

Terry McPhillips;

“We will concede the disadvantage of having less home fans; Arsenal fans will have more than us here just like Sunderland did,” 

McPhillips said. “I think that is a disadvantage, yes. But these lads are resilient and they’re used to it. “It won’t be the first or second time it’s happened this season, it’s happened a lot where the away fans are bigger than the home fans. “We almost use it as a positive and lots of the games have been played in an empty shell, nearly, although there will be a bigger crowd on Saturday.

Team News

Blackpool are unlikely to be boosted by the return of injured duo Curtis Tilt and Ollie Turton for tomorrow’s FA Cup third round clash against Arsenal. The pair, who have both been missing for the Seasiders in recent games, are making good progress in their recoveries according to manager Terry McPhillips.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has confirmed four key players - Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi - were all too unfit to take part in training on Thursday.

Possible Arsenal Line-up


What are Arsenal fans saying pre-match?

https://backhenrystreet.co.uk/discussion/35230/what-arsenal-fans-are-saying#

Prediction

I think Arsenal will win comfortably although the poor playing surface might work to our advantage.

Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal. Attendance 9,540

McPhillips admits it's frustrating having more away fans. 

https://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/football/blackpool-fc/blackpool-boss-is-not-fazed-by-the-anticipated-arsenal-support-1-9519676

There will be plenty of streams available for tomorrow's match for those who haven't got BT Sports.

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Rimm posted a good site which has these channels on. Livetv.net or something like that. Not that we advocate illegal streaming...

Thanks to BST the local pubs with BT will be showing it. 
Bally wrote:Thanks to BST the local pubs with BT will be showing it. 

‍😁

Hope the sprinklers are on overnight. Just to make sure the grass is nice and green of course!!!!

Christine Seddon just been interviewed on the BBC news channel about the protests. 


Anything interesting?
seasider wrote:Anything interesting?

The usual stuff, put very well across. 

NAPM and stuff. OFC were asked for a comment but refused. 

Is anyone turning up tomorrow for the protests outside?

Should be interesting...

No, will be watching with interest. I would go but watching Wizard of Oz as little niece is in it. Really hope we can talk about off the field matters tomorrow evening. Don't really care what happens on it.
Mike Dean is the referee.
That should sell a few more tickets

Just been to funtastic and little kid had a Blackpool training top on. I said good team and replied, 'My Daddy said not allowed to go the match today'

Meanwhile ...

Mark Lawrenson on match of the day about fans not attending Bloomfield today "despite the millions they've taken away you'd still go and watch your team wouldn't you"

Twat

Bentent wrote:

Mark Lawrenson on match of the day about fans not attending Bloomfield today "despite the millions they've taken away you'd still go and watch your team wouldn't you"

Twat

The fucking cunt even called us Preston! 

Excellent work by Dan Walker ignoring him. 

Bentent wrote:

Mark Lawrenson on match of the day about fans not attending Bloomfield today "despite the millions they've taken away you'd still go and watch your team wouldn't you"

Twat

Unbelievable although wouldn't expect anything less from a Nobber. 

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Fuck me ...

There’s currently a Blackpool fan sat on top of the arsenal coach outside their team hotel refusing to move 

seanmacca100 wrote:There’s currently a Blackpool fan sat on top of the arsenal coach outside their team hotel refusing to move 

‍Brilliant

seanmacca100 wrote:There’s currently a Blackpool fan sat on top of the arsenal coach outside their team hotel refusing to move 

‍ Just the beginning hopefully.

Live feed in the protest thread 

Rumours that kick off might be delayed.

seanmacca100 wrote:There’s currently a Blackpool fan sat on top of the arsenal coach outside their team hotel refusing to move 

‍Fucking legend

Probably saying to play it the beach,it's a better surface 😂
Any picture of Fan on top of bus 👍