The Emirates FA Cup returns this weekend, as West Brom head to Bloomfield Road for some third round action.
West Brom, who have recently appointed ex-Blackpool man Sam Allardyce as manager, are expected to make changes to their side, with Premier League survival their main aim this season. The Baggies come into the game on the back of successive home defeats, losing to Leeds United and Arsenal 5-0 and 4-0, and sit 19th in the Premier League table – six points from safety.
Blackpool welcome the Baggies to Bloomfield Road on the back of successive defeats themselves, losing narrowly to Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers in the last two matches. Recent impressive home form, however, has seen the Seasiders unbeaten at Bloomfield Road in the last six matches in all competitions, with the side sitting in 13th position in the league table – five points from the play-offs.
Neil Critchley’s team have defeated National League South side Eastbourne Borough and League Two’s Harrogate Town to reach this round of the competition, whilst West Brom enter at this stage.
Last Time We Met:
The two sides last met in the 2010/11 Premier League season, with the Baggies securing a 3-2 win at the Hawthorns in January 2011.
Blackpool took all three points in West Brom’s last visit to Bloomfield Road, thanks to a 2-1 victory in November 2010. A late Youssouf Mulumbu goal was not enough for the Baggies to get anything from the game, with a first-half Charlie Adam penalty and a Luke Varney strike securing the victory.
“We’re looking forward to the match and the magic of the FA Cup is alive in Blackpool.
“We’ve done well so far to earn this opportunity to play against Premier League opposition and we’ll be ready for what’s to come.
“Sam Allardyce has come out this week and said he plans to make changes to his team. How many that will be is the big question, so we’ll concentrate on what we can bring to the pitch and how we can cause them some problems.”
“We can’t be the banana skin against Blackpool on Saturday.
“I’m asking the players who will be selected to show their professionalism, their Premier League quality and why they are playing for a Premier League football club.
“It’ll be a difficult game for us. We need to be really professional. We’ve had a really tough period over the last few weeks where it has been game after game. It’s only now this week where we can get other squad members into the team who are experienced players.”
Watch The Match Live:
The tie is to be televised on BT Sport Extra 3, which is accessible with a BT Sports subscription in the UK.
To watch the match on the channel, please press the red button on your Sky remote or visit channel 527 (BT Sport Extra) if viewing via BT TV.
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The fixture is also available to watch for Seasiders living outside of the UK. Click here for further details.
Please note: due to the broadcasting rights of the competition, this match will not be available to watch live on iFollow. Audio commentary is unaffected.