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Stoke City vs Blackpool Prediction

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August 29

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There's a potential upset on the cards this weekend, when Championship side Stoke City host League One's Blackpool in Round One of the 2020-21 EFL Cup.

Saturday's hosts were perilously close to joining the Seasiders in England's third-tier for this coming season. However, Michael O'Neill – appointed last November – managed to recover a dismal start despite some inconsistent results.

They'll look to continue where their form left off last month: unbeaten in four league games, including three victories. Can they emerge victorious against a Blackpool side with ultimately nothing to lose and plenty to gain here? Read my match preview, for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Stoke vs Blackpool Betting Tips

After narrow 2-1 wins over Port Vale and Barrow, alongside a credible 3-3 draw against Everton last week, Saturday's visitors ended their pre-season with a 3-1 midweek defeat by Blackburn. Tyrhys Dolan's late strike ended all hopes of a comeback, after Ben Brereton's first-half brace.

It would've been a necessary result for Neil Critchley – who spent seven years managing Liverpool's academy ranks – aware his side aren't faultless. But with a fortnight until their first league clash, his players are motivated to progress far in the cup competitions.

Whether they can do that, against higher-tier opposition, remains to be seen. As evidenced by the aforementioned draw against Everton though, they're clearly capable of matching these sides.

Stoke, for what it's worth, have been wildly inconsistent in recent seasons and are a difficult team to confidently predict. Tyrese Campbell and James McClean are at different stages of their respective careers, but the pair will likely start on the wings here.

Benik Afobe, out-of-favour this time last year, returned from his Bristol City loan and performed okay after Project Restart recently. Will he get the nod over Lee Gregory and Sam Vokes to start? There's multiple decisions for O'Neill to consider as they look to avoid a first-round exit.

Stoke vs Blackpool Correct Score Predictions

Blackpool are certainly no pushovers, but I'm backing Stoke to progress this weekend with a narrow and hard-fought victory.

Last matches

Stoke City

26-09-2020

0 - 1 Preston North End

L
23-09-2020

1 - 0 Gillingham

W
20-09-2020

0 - 2 Bristol City

L
17-09-2020

0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

L
12-09-2020

0 - 0 Millwall

D
05-09-2020

0 - 1 Newcastle United

L
22-08-2020

0 - 1 Burton Albion

L
15-08-2020

0 - 1 Linfield

L
22-07-2020

1 - 4 Nottingham Forest

L
18-07-2020

1 - 0 Brentford

W

Blackpool

L

- Plymouth Argyle

12-09-2020
L

- Liverpool

05-09-2020
L

- Blackburn Rovers

25-08-2020
D

- Everton

22-08-2020
W

- Barrow

18-08-2020
L

- Tranmere Rovers

10-03-2020
D

- Fleetwood Town

07-03-2020
W

- Ipswich Town

29-02-2020
W

- Bolton Wanderers

25-02-2020
D

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22-02-2020
Stoke City vs Blackpool Head-to-Head (H2H)
30-04-2011

Blackpool

0
0

Stoke City

11-12-2010

Stoke City

0
1

Blackpool

22-09-2009

Stoke City

4
3

Blackpool

22-03-2008

Stoke City

1
1

Blackpool

15-12-2007

Blackpool

2
3

Stoke City

Stoke City
vs
Blackpool
Predicted Lineup
Stoke City vs Blackpool Predicted Lineup

Davies

Smith

Chester

Batth

Fox

Clucas

Cousins

Powell

Campbell

Afobe

McClean

Maxwell

Turton

Epiteta

Husband

Nottingham

Kaikai

Robson

Ward

Feeney

Hamilton

Yates

Latest results
Total
Home
Away

1-0 vs Preston North End (A)

W

1-0 vs Gillingham (H)

W

0-2 vs Bristol City (H)

L

1-0 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

W

0-0 vs Millwall (A)

D

1-0 vs Newcastle United (A)

W

0-1 vs Burton Albion (H)

L

1-0 vs Linfield (A)

W

4-1 vs Nottingham Forest (A)

W

1-0 vs Brentford (H)

W
L

0-1 vs Plymouth Argyle (A)

L

2-7 vs Liverpool (A)

L

1-3 vs Blackburn Rovers (H)

D

3-3 vs Everton (H)

W

2-1 vs Barrow (H)

L

1-2 vs Tranmere Rovers (H)

D

0-0 vs Fleetwood Town (A)

W

2-1 vs Ipswich Town (H)

W

2-1 vs Bolton Wanderers (H)

D

0-0 vs (A)

10

Goals Scored

13

1

Over 2.5 Goals

7

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

1-0 vs Gillingham (H)

W

0-2 vs Bristol City (H)

L

0-1 vs Burton Albion (H)

L

1-0 vs Brentford (H)

W
L

1-3 vs Blackburn Rovers (H)

D

3-3 vs Everton (H)

W

2-1 vs Barrow (H)

L

1-2 vs Tranmere Rovers (H)

W

2-1 vs Ipswich Town (H)

W

2-1 vs Bolton Wanderers (H)

2

Goals Scored

11

0

Over 2.5 Goals

6

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

1-0 vs Preston North End (A)

W

1-0 vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)

W

0-0 vs Millwall (A)

D

1-0 vs Newcastle United (A)

W

1-0 vs Linfield (A)

W

4-1 vs Nottingham Forest (A)

W
L

0-1 vs Plymouth Argyle (A)

L

2-7 vs Liverpool (A)

D

0-0 vs Fleetwood Town (A)

D

0-0 vs (A)

8

Goals Scored

2

1

Over 2.5 Goals

1

6/9 (67%)

Both Teams Scored

1/3 (33%)

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