By Bulldog Drummond
For Arsenal of course this is the start of the FA Cup this season. For Blackpool it is match number four. Here are their results thus far…
|10 Nov 2018||Exeter City v Blackpool||W||2-3|
|30 Nov 2018||Solihull Moors v Blackpool||D||0-0|
|18 Dec 2018||Blackpool v Solihull Moors||W||3-2|
Going back across the last ten years we can see their progress, and perhaps spot a problem. The manager column shows a constant shifting of the top man, which is rarely a good idea. And the league top scorer column shows a number of seasons where no player made it to double figures in terms of goals scored. Figures here adapted from Wikipedia.
|Season||League||Pos||Manager||FA Cup Round||Lge top scorer|
In the run up to the League Cup match we mentioned the club’s disputes between the owners and many of the fans, resulting in low attendances; I have not seen any information on this dispute being ended – if there has been a change please do write in to update us all.
Blackpool however do hold a record in the FA Cup – being involved in the highest aggregate score in a final when they beat Bolton 4-3 in 1953.
Overall in the FA Cup Blackpool have that one win, but have reached the final on two other occasions, their last final being in 1951. Arsenal, I am sure you will know, have won the FA Cup more times than any other team (13), and been runners-up seven times, making it 20 appearances – a record equalled only by Manchester United.
In the League Blackpool sit near the half way point…
and they occupy the same position if we just look at their home record…
They are scoring just over one goal a game at home and conceding exactly one per game on average.
Since beating Solihull Moors to reach the third round Blackpool have played four league games…
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|22 Dec 2018||Blackpool v Barnsley||L||0-1|
|26 Dec 2018||Rochdale v Blackpool||L||2-1|
|29 Dec 2018||AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool||D||0-0|
|01 Jan 2019||Blackpool v Sunderland||L||0-1|
Which suggests that they might have their eye on the cup match rather than winning league games. They have scored just two goals in these four games without a win.
Arsenal’s record of late is perhaps less relevant since we will surely not be putting out that many of our first team players. Maybe just a few to steady the ship and stop the youngsters getting too carried away, rather as we have seen in the Europa League and the League Cup.
For that game against Blackpool in the League Cup we put out this team
Jenkinson Pleguezuelo Mustafi Lichsteiner
Smith Rowe, Guendouzi Ramsey
Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles
Lurking on the beach we found Aubameyang, Holding, Iwobi, Martinez, Nketiah, Torreira, Willock.
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