UK time is: 16:27:12
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Blackpool vs. Arsenal

Bloomfield Road

10/04/2011

1.30pm

On Sky

Preview: Blackpool v Arsenal

Blackpool remain out of the relegation zone after results largely went in their favour this afternoon.

And a surprise win at home against Arsenal tomorrow could lift them as high as 14th, four points clear of the drop zone.

It was a bad day for Arsenal meanwhile as Man Utd beat Fulham 2-0 to open up a ten point gap at the top of the table. Arsenal do have two games in hand on the league leaders however.

'Pool manager Ian Holloway has made his squad watch DVDs of last season's promotion run-in in a bid to inspire them... let's hope we see a little bit of that magic, starting tomorrow.

Vital Quotes:

Ian Holloway sent his players to the pub this week in a bid to improve spirits (pun not intended) in the camp:

'It was Tuesday, and I'd had enough, so I just sent them out for a beer.

'We'd been going over the Fulham game, and all the tippy-tappy stuff with no end product, and I just said to them, 'What are you doing, you complete idiots. Go on, off you go'.

'They were a bit brighter the next time they were in!'

However, Ollie has also called for his team to come out fighting tomorrow:

'What I've got to guard against is people feeling sorry for themselves.

'I've sensed it creeping in, but I won't stand for it. What I demand from my players is that they fight and kick and spit and bite to get the points we need.

'We should be fighting and scrapping, and I just didn't like the body language at Fulham after Bobby Zamora scored the second. It wasn't like us. I'm expecting a reaction against Arsenal.'

Blackpool Team News:

DJ Campbell returns from his three match ban and is expected to start.

Matt Gilks is deemed still not fit enough to play, whilst David Carney will miss the rest of the season through injury.

Player to watch: Charlie Adam

Nominated for the PFA Player's Player of the Year, can Charlie show everyone exactly why he's in the running for such an award?

Arsenal Team News:

Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna are big doubts, but Cesc Fabregas is expected to start.

Arsenal have a lengthy injury list at present: Denilson, Djourou, Fabianski, Song, Szczesny and Vermaelen will all miss tomorrow's game.

Player to watch: Robin van Persie

When fit and on form, the Dutch striker is one of the best in the world. The Blackpool defence will have to be at their best tomorrow to keep him quiet.

Match Facts & Stats

The Gunners put six past Blackpool at the Emirates last October. That made it six league meetings between the clubs since the Tangerines last won.

Blackpool's most recent victory against Arsenal was back in the 1960s. The Tangerines edged an eight-goal thriller 5-3 in October 1965.

Blackpool have lost 10 of 14 Premier League games since the turn of the year.

No side has kept a clean sheet in 14 league matches at Bloomfield Road this season, including Blackpool.

The Seasiders have scored more goals (nine) from outside the box than any other team.

The Gunners have not won in five games in all competitions, their worst run for 11 months. If they fail to beat Blackpool, it will be the first time since December 1998 they have gone six games without a victory.

Arsenal are unbeaten in a Premier League-high 13 games. This however does include six draws, including each of the last three matches.

Next Fixtures:

Blackpool v Wigan
16/04/2011
15.00




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 9 2011

Time: 6:16PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Meet the Referee v Burnley (Thursday April 17 2014)

Leeds Review (Thursday April 17 2014)

Fans display their anger (Thursday April 10 2014)

Relegation Battle Looms (Monday April 7 2014)

Stats: Blackpool v Yeovil (Sunday April 6 2014)

All Square at Loftus Road (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Battling pool earn Priceless Point (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Full time: Blackpool 1-0 Huddersfield (Saturday March 22 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 223
2. Poole-Pool 168
3. Bear1951 132
4. SeasideEssexXile 120
5. Albert Ramsbottom 107
6. SaskPool 103
7. UAE Seasider 75
8. BobHatton 67
9. nodrogaty 48
10. 53CODGER 47

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Huddersfield 42 12 10 20 -9 46
18. Birmingham 41 11 10 20 -10 43
19. Doncaster 42 11 10 21 -26 43
20. Blackpool 42 10 12 20 -26 42
21. Charlton 41 10 11 20 -24 41
22. Millwall 42 9 13 20 -30 40
23. Barnsley 42 9 12 21 -28 39

Breaking League News

Charlton v Bolton PREVIEW
Charlton : 17/04/2014 14:37:00
Meet the Referee v Burnley
Blackpool : 17/04/2014 14:04:00
Leeds Review
Blackpool : 17/04/2014 13:42:00
The Opposition View - Wigan
Reading : 17/04/2014 13:00:00
Officials For The Forest Game.
Birmingham : 17/04/2014 12:54:00
Clark Speaks About Loan Market.
Birmingham : 17/04/2014 12:05:00
Team news: Wigan vs Reading
Reading : 17/04/2014 10:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you agree with last nights protests?
Suggested By:  
Totally agree 67%
Other ways to show it 33%