Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction vs Blackpool (FA Cup 3rd Round)


The fourth ever FA Cup tie between Blackpool and Arsenal will almost certainly see Gunners boss Unai Emery make a series of changes to his starting lineup. Given the heavy workload of the festive period, plus the injury crisis this team has at the back, a squad rotation is in order. Especially so against a smaller club, one that the north London side have had their way with.

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine against the Seasiders across all competitions (W7 D2), winning the last five. Earlier this season, they beat Blackpool 2-1 in an EFL Cup clash. Let’s take a look at who Emery may start on Saturday.


The Bank   Arsenal FC Starting XI Prediction (4-2-3-1) vs Blackpool (FA Cup Third Round)

Centre forward:  Eddie Nketiah

Attacking Midfielders: Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi

Defensive midfielders: Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny

Defenders:  Stephan Lichtsteiner, Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis, Carl Jenkinson

Goalkeeper:  Petr Cech


Arsenal at Blackpool FYIs

Kick-off: 12:30 pm (BST), Saturday January 5, Bloomfield Road

Injury Report for both sides: go to this link

Odds via Bet 365: Arsenal win- 1/5, draw- 11/2, Blackpool win- 12/1

Prediction: Arsenal 2, Blackpool 1

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC and Chicago, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation. 

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