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One of the most interesting things about the FA Cup is the ability to see teams which wouldn’t otherwise meet in their respective tournaments go at it. Often this can lead to some rather mismatched outings. However, it can also lead to some surprises and allow teams from lower leagues to test their mettle against the best of English football. Will that be the case here? Check out the rest of our Blackpool vs Arsenal preview for more.

Blackpool vs Arsenal Best Odds

05. January 2019 | 17:30
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Tip:
Arsenal win
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Blackpool win
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It’s hardly a surprise that the Blackpool vs Arsenal best odds are giving the clear advantage to the team currently in fifth place of the Premier League over the one in the tenth position of League One. Betfair is offering 1/5 (1.2) match odds for Arsenal, making it a safe choice for those wanting to back the favourites. In contrast, a Blackpool victory has high-risk odds of 12/1 (13.0)  at Ladbrokes. Punters who don’t want to put their money behind either team can instead predict that this will be a high scoring contest, as BetVictor have medium risk odds of 31/10 (4.1) on there being over 4.5 goals.

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Arsenal win
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Blackpool win
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Blackpool vs Arsenal Betting Tips: Form Guide

Blackpool Struggle To Maintain Form

Unfortunately for Blackpool, they are heading into what is, without a doubt, going to be a huge challenge off the back of a rather tricky end of 2018. Considering that most Blackpool vs Arsenal match previews would consider them significant underdogs regardless, this certainly hasn’t helped their chances in the eyes of many.

It’s a shame too because Blackpool were otherwise having a decent couple of months. In terms of the FA Cup, they toppled Exeter 3-2 and followed that up with two battles against Solihull Moors: the first which ended in a 0-0 draw and the second, which came down to penalties after the 90 minutes, ended 2-2 apiece. Considering we’re talking about this FA Cup match, we’ll leave you to guess who won the shootout. They were even doing pretty well in League One, with a 3-0 victory over Burton – which saw Gnanduillet, Thompson and Dodoo score all within 12 minutes – being a particular highlight.

Blackpool have proven they can be an exciting and explosive team, however, their recent fall from grace shows they also often lack consistency. They lost to Oxford 2-0, Blackpool 1-0, Rochdale 2-1 and drew 0-0 against Wimbledon all within December 2018. Their 1-0 loss to Sunderland may have been a respectable effort, but it still began 2019 with the wrong result. Arsenal may simply be too much for them.

Arsenal Kick Off 2019 With Confidence

Much like their opponents, Arsenal have had a decent run of things this season. They’ve roughly lived up to expectations, but not quite exceeded them. There may be a big gulf between these teams in terms of their league – it’s certainly a massive part of the reason the Blackpool vs Arsenal betting odds have the Gunners as favourites – but there’s certainly plenty of parallels. One of which is that, just like Blackpool, Arsenal comes into this match after what was anything but their finest hour.

Despite kicking off 2019 in style with a 4-1 victory over Fulham – one which vindicated the controversial decision to substitute superstar goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette and showed off the depth of Arsenal’s attacking facilities – it didn’t erase their devastating 5-1 loss to Liverpool the week prior, nor the 1-1 draw to Brighton before that.

However, it is a new day for Arsenal and having already gained some momentum, they will be looking to once again show off their skills against a team that are not used to taking on their calibre. They would be wise not to underestimate their opponents for sure, but when you consider the quality of this team, it’s fair to assume that they are feeling confident heading into this one.

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The Last Five Games

Blackpool VS. Arsenal

  • Blackpool Form 1 win, 1 draw, 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Blackpool Goals 3 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Arsenal Form 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Arsenal Goals 8 goals in the last 5 matches
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Blackpool vs Arsenal Preview: Recent Meetings

Unfortunately for the home side, the head-to-head history between these two teams is one with few surprises, meaning that the more highly decorated Arsenal have a clear statistical advantage. Overall, the Gunners have roughly three times the victories in this fixture. Not only that, but the majority of the Blackpool wins don’t take place recently enough to be useful for Blackpool vs Arsenal betting tips for today, with the last being back in 1970. In fact, there aren’t many modern examples in general.

This, however, should be a source of hope for Blackpool, as their last encounter in 2018 may have seen them lose but at 2-1 with the Gunners surviving a late fightback, it was a closely ran contest. Before Arsenal get too overconfident, they should consider the fire that they encountered last October.

Blackpool vs Arsenal Prediction: The Gunners Advance

When a lot of people hear about a match between a Premier League team – especially one with the pedigree of Arsenal – taking on a team from League One, they admittedly discount the latter. However, as we have seen from Blackpool in their last match against Arsenal, they are a team you would be unwise to write off completely.

They’ve shown fire, creativity and, most importantly, a killer instinct throughout their League One season and beyond on many occasions. We think it’s fair to say that were the home team to bring their A-game and come into this fixture firing on all cylinders, Arsenal will have quite the fight on their hands.

Having said that though, it is unlikely. Blackpool might be able to hit another level on occasion but as we’ve seen, they fail to do so all too often. Not only will they need that to stand a chance but depending on how well Arsenal play, it still may not be enough. With that in mind, we think that while there’s a reasonable chance this could turn out tougher than many expect, the most likely outcome and therefore our Blackpool vs Arsenal prediction is for the Gunners to advance.

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