Blackpool vs Arsenal predictions and betting tips for this FA Cup match on Saturday evening with a goals prediction and anytime goalscorer included.
Expert Tipster Prediction: Realistically speaking, neither Arsenal nor Blackpool are particularly well positioned in the Premier League or League One respectively to mount a realistic challenge to those sitting above them. So it’s all to play for in this FA Cup third round, with The Gunners winning by two goals or more being an obvious fancy.
Arsenal will be acutely aware of the demolition job Spurs produced against Tranmere last night and would unquestionably like to ease past Blackpool in similarly convincing fashion. Although well off the pace in the Premier League, Gunners fans are generally happy about perceived on-field progress under Unai Emery despite last weekend’s 5-1 humiliation at Anfield. The Spaniard will be conscious of the fact that it was a lack of trophies that ultimately did for his predecessor Arsene Wenger and their Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Spurs before Christmas leaves the FA Cup as Arsenal’s best chance of winning silverware this season. They should progress to the fourth round without too much trouble, with a two-goal victory the least I’d expect.
What are the best odds on Arsenal to win with a -1 handicap? 4/5 with Bet365
F0r the first time since Robin Van Persie, Arsenal finally have a striker on their books who fans expect to break the 20-goal barrier with relative ease. And Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is certainly going the right way about doing that again. Currently joint top scorer in the Premier League alongside fellow hotshot Harry Kane, Aubameyang will make his FA Cup debut if selected this evening and you’ve got to fancy him to register a goal in current form. The Gabon international looks a certainly to score anytime should he feature, and is 5/2 with William Hill to open the scoring.
What is the best price on Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to score first? 5/2 with William Hill
Okay, the FA Cup is hardly a bastion of predictability at times but there are usually some indicators that might help punters predict how matches might go. Blackpool are comfortably positioned in League One and average both conceding and scoring almost exactly once per match. Arsenal’s trip to Bloomfield Road is one of those cliched matches in which observers would typically expect the Gunners to struggle. There will be a bumper crowd at the stadium tonight with Tangerines fans reminiscing about how this was a Premier League fixture less than a decade ago.They’re sure to make their presence felt. I expect Arsenal to win but I think it will be far tighter than many envisage. I’m therefore intrigued by the price of almost 2/1 on the match having two goals or fewer, which to me looks massive.
What is the best price on under 2.5 match goals 15/8 with Ladbrokes
With the busy Christmas period only just passed and European football set to recommence in February, the last thing Arsenal need here is a replay. They’re a 2/7 poke with most firms to get the job done inside 90 minutes which will be the minimum their fans expect tonight.
Bet365 go 15/1 on the hosts making home advantage count – significantly longer than most of their competitors – while a draw is 5/1 or thereabouts. Fancy Blackpool to mirror their league average with both teams scoring? That’s 21/20 with Betfair.
The home side are a lengthy 12/1 shot to make it through the tie with their illustrious opponents far less attractively priced at 1/25. Mission impossible for Blackpool? We’ll soon find out.
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