FM Preview: Arsenal v Blackpool 21 Aug 2010

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History of the Arsenal v Blackpool fixture

Arsenal play host to Blackpool at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, with high hopes of improving on their excellent record against the opposition, having taken all the points from 30 of the 43 contests.

The last time the two teams met at Arsenal was more than a decade ago, in December 1999, with Arsenal running out comfortable 3-1 winners in a F.A. Cup match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
1999/2000Mon 13 DecArsenal3-1BlackpoolFAC
1976/1977Fri 08 OctArsenal2 - 0BlackpoolLGEC
1976/1977Tue 28 SepArsenal0 - 0BlackpoolLGEC
1976/1977Tue 21 SepBlackpool1 - 1ArsenalLGEC
1970/1971Sat 20 MarArsenal1 - 0BlackpoolPREM
1970/1971Sat 07 NovBlackpool0 - 1ArsenalPREM
1969/1970Thu 15 JanBlackpool3 - 2ArsenalFAC

Recent respective form guides

Arsenal are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, During these games, Gunners have smashed 14 goals past the opposition and conceded a paltry 2.

Blackpool's away form is equally impressive, with a marvellous return of five wins and one defeat from the last six. Those games have seen the Seasiders pummel 16 goals, and let in 9.

Arsenal lie just outside the playoff positions in the Barclays Premier League, picking up 1 points from their 1 games so far. Blackpool's total of 3 points from their 1 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP

FootyMad's prediction ...

Arsenal may be in prime form at home, but the quality of the opposition suggests to me that Blackpool are going to come away with all the points in this one. Away win

Sequence statistics:
Arsenal Unbeaten in the last 9 home games.
Blackpool 3 successive away victories.
10 games since last away draw.
Won each of the previous 4 matches.
Last drawn game 5 outings ago.