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Nottingham Forest visit Bloomfield Road on Wednesday to face Blackpool in a replay of their third-round tie in the FA Cup.
In their earlier clash, Blackpool raced to a 2-0 lead inside the opening half an hour, as Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel and Albie Morgan scored in the 23rd and 27th minutes respectively.
Nottingham, who are plying their trade in the Premier League right now, were headed to a shock loss, but fought their way back into the match. Nicolas Dominguez pulled one back for the Tricky Trees in the 39th minute before Morgan Gibbs-White restored parity with a goal after the break.
It helped Nuno Espirito Santo's side survive in the tie, but will be frustrated at not being able to score more goals - Nottingham had 17 shots in the match, of which six were on target, and had kept 72% possession.
By contrast, Blackpool scored with both their shots on target. The Tangerines have since picked up two wins, beating Burton 2-1 in the Football League Trophy and then securing a 2-0 victory over Exeter City in League One.
Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest Prediction
Blackpool threw away a two-goal advantage in the first clash, but showed what they can do when they are playing their best. Nottingham, though, are no pushovers and have the tools to hurt the Tangerines again. The Premier League side should be able to prevail.
Prediction: Blackpool 2-3 Nottingham Forest
Bloomfield Road will be bouncing when Blackpool host Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday evening.
The bookies sniff a potential upset here, carefully pricing the Premier League side as favourites, but only just.
The Tangerines caught Forest cold in the first meeting, finding the net twice in three minutes with their only shots of the first half.
It wasn’t the first time Blackpool had bloodied Forest’s nose, as the Premier League side are looking to avenge a 4-1 FA Cup defeat suffered at this stage last year.
They had to wait until the 53rd minute for their third and final shot of the afternoon and Morgan Gibbs-White’s equaliser came just three minutes later.
All credit to the visitors for pinching a draw against a team two leagues above them, but a 2-0 win for the hosts would have been a fair result on the balance of play.
Although the 14/5 on offer for a home win at the time of writing may seem tempting, we're not predicting a shock on Wednesday night.
The Premier League side have had an extended rest before this and can afford to field a full-strength team.
Despite their strong home record, Blackpool have lost to Derby and Peterborough at home and failed to beat four of the five top-nine sides they’ve faced at Bloomfield Road.
Forest have looked steely and determined under Nuno having picked up huge wins against Newcastle United (3-1) and Manchester United (2-1).
Having 10 uninterrupted days to take onboard their new manager's ideas and style could be hugely beneficial and they can use this cup tie to put them into practice.
Neil Critchley’s side will be playing their third game in eight days and their fifth in January so far, while this will only be Forest’s second outing since the turn of the New Year.
First-leg heroes Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel and Albie Morgan both featured for Blackpool on the weekend, with the latter scoring a brace in a 2-0 win.
Experienced hitman Jordan Rhodes has scored 15 in 23 for the Tangerines and is expected to lead the line on Wednesday.
Taiwo Awoniyi and Felipe are ruled out due to injury while Anthony Elanga and Divock Origi are doubts and unlikely to be risked.
Ibrahim Sangare, Ola Aina, Moussa Niakhate, Cheikhou Kouyate, Willy Boly and Serge Aurier are unavailable while on African Cup of Nations duty.
League One outfit Blackpool welcome Premier League side Nottingham Forest to Bloomfield Road for an FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night.
The Tricky Trees came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture at the City Ground just over a week ago, and the victors of the replay will set up a fourth-round tie with either West Ham United or Bristol City.
After suffering a heavy 4-1 defeat to Blackpool in the FA Cup third round last season, Nottingham Forest were on course to crash out at the same stage to the same opponents exactly 365 days later, as they trailed by two goals inside the first 27 minutes against the Tangerines a week last Sunday.
League One Blackpool will seek a repeat of last year’s 4-1 third-round win over Nottingham Forest when they entertain the Premier League side in Wednesday’s replay.
The promotion-chasing Tangerines gave Forest another almighty scare when they led 2-0 at the City Ground in the original tie, but they were hanging on at the end after Nuno Espirito Santo’s men fought back to level terms.
Neil Critchley will hope his team’s formidable home form gets them over the line in this rematch at Bloomfield Road.
Kylian Kouassi and Shayne Lavery will be missing again for Blackpool due to hamstring injuries, while fellow forward Jake Beesley is still recovering from an ankle problem.
Midfielder Kenny Dougall has been left out lately and defender Matthew Penningtion has been dealing with a concussion, so the Seasiders’ starting XI could look a lot like the one Critchley selected at the City Ground.
There, he went with a front three of Jordan Rhodes, Karamako Dembele and CJ Hamilton and a back three of James Husband, Oliver Casey and Callum Connolly.
Meanwhile, Forest are still without their six African Cup of Nations representatives - Willy Boly, Cheikhou Kouyate, Serge Aurier, Ibrahim Sangare, Ola Aina and Moussa Niakhate.
Taiwo Awoniyi (groin) and Felipe (calf) remain on the treatment table, but Anthony Elanga could overcome the knock that kept him out of the original tie to feature, while Divock Origi’s status is uncertain after he missed the last two games.
Blackpool have the best home record in League One with 10 wins, two draws and only two defeats from their 15 games at Bloomfield Road this season.
Forest have won only two of their last 10 games at Bloomfield Road with five draws and three defeats in that time.
The Premier League club have won just two away games in all competitions in the last calendar year.
The latest Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest odds are available on LiveScore Bet
Blackpool have to be given serious consideration to progress from this tie now given how well they have competed against Forest in the last two cup clashes.
Critchley’s side have turned Bloomfield Road into a real stronghold this season and Forest’s flaky away form suggests this will be far from easy for them, despite the two-division difference between the clubs.
Nuno's cup record in English football is not that bad, but the majority of his wins came in one run to the FA Cup semi-finals with Wolves and they exited at the third-round stage in two of his four seasons at Molineux.
This clash has all the makings of a cup shock and, with Forest tagged as favourites, opens up a wealth of opportunities to back the home side to avoid defeat or progress in some manner after extra-time and penalties.
Nottingham Forest will have a second attempt to see off Blackpool in the FA Cup when they travel to Bloomfield Road on Wednesday.
The Reds drew 2-2 at home to Neil Critchley's side on January 7 and now face a third round replay. Forest will be hoping to avoid a second successive exit to the Seasiders in this competition after losing 4-1 at Blackpool last season.
The Tangerines have played twice since their fixture at the City Ground with Critchley's team winning both games against Burton and Exeter. Nuno Espirito Santo meanwhile has had over a week to prepare his side for Wednesday's replay.
For Blackpool, the priority will remain on closing the four-point gap that currently separates them from the League One playoffs, especially given they’ve played two games more than sixth-place Barnsley and one more than Stevenage in seventh. That said, they acquitted themselves brilliantly to go 2-0 up against Premier League Nottingham Forest in the first meeting between these two, before eventually succumbing to a comeback and a replay on home soil.
As for Forest, wins over Man Utd and Newcastle have eased the pressure in the relegation battle, but they’re still just four points above the bottom three. The last thing this stretched team needs is an FA Cup replay but now that it’s here, they’ll be keen to progress to keep confidence high. After all, a loss to League One opposition can only serve to knock the fragile mood among the squad.
Blackpool host Premier League club Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup Third Round replay on Wednesday night following their 2-2 draw in the first game.
Below is all you need to know about Wednesday's clash.
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When is it?
Wednesday January 17.
Where is it?
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool.
What time is kick-off?
Where can I watch it?
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The bookies list Nottingham Forest as the favorites, but their road record is among the worst in the league, and Blackpool’s good home performances despite being in League One cannot be ignored. Since both teams are scoring, we focus on goal-betting.
Who will win the match between Blackpool and Nottingham?
Blackpool threw away a two-goal lead in the opening match but exhibited their greatest form. Nottingham are tough and can damage the Tangerines again. The Premier League team should win.
BLACKPOOL VS NOTTINGHAM – BETTING ANALYSIS
An exciting matchup awaits Blackpool and Nottingham Forest. It’s a fascinating battle because both teams have had successes and failures. It’s hard to forecast the game, but both sides have excellent players and loyal fans, which may make it entertaining. Monitor the team’s recent form, player injuries, and head-to-head statistics to assess their performance.
BLACKPOOL VS NOTTINGHAM – HEAD-TO-HEAD
What are the top odds for this match?
Given their home form and recent results against Nottingham Forest, Blackpool should be confident of causing an upset on Wednesday.
Forest will be confident in their ability to outscore their third-tier opponents at Bloomfield Road to advance to the fourth round after nine days of rest and preparation.
For the past seven home encounters, the hosts have scored at least two goals. With nine goals in four outings, the visitors are also scoring well.
The game to end with more than 2.5 goals is our main bet at 1.75. For the second tip, the 1.66 odds of both teams scoring seem intriguing.
Before Betting On Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest
Competitive action in the FA Cup is set for Wednesday, as Nottingham Forest look to eliminate League One Blackpool at the second attempt. The two sides played out a thrilling first match in the third round of the competition, with Forest coming back from 2-0 down to salvage a replay.
However, Blackpool will be confident of springing the upset this week, as they claimed a dominant 4-1 victory over their rivals at this exact stage last season. But, Forest have scored at least once in each of their last eleven trips to Blackpool across all competition. However, they have also conceded at least once in their last nine victors.
Blackpool have a solid record against top-flight opposition in the competition, as they have progressed from two of their last four ties. That is a huge improvement to their record, having been eliminated by top-flight opposition in each of their last eleven ties before the start of that sequence.
Forest will also be looking for better in a replay, as they have lost their previous two in the FA Cup. Both of their defeats were also suffered away from home over that period, with their most recent defeat coming at Leicester in 2011-12. Blackpool will also be looking to make some history on Wednesday, as they bid to reach the fourth round in successive seasons for the first time since 1971.