Tuesday 5 March: 7.45pm KO
Accrington Stanley have only won one league game this year and still have a few relegation worries. They host Blackpool who are 10th in the table and only seven points behind the promotion play-off positions but could yet face their own relegation battle.
Promotion or relegation? Both are on the agenda for Blackpool coming into this trip to Accrington Stanley. Their boardroom and financial problems continue and the club are currently in receivership. A decision is expected at the next EFL meeting over whether Blackpool will be deducted 12 points and that takes place the day after this match.
Blackpool are 10th in League One and seven points behind the final promotion play-off position. However, if those 12 points are deducted, they would slump to 22nd in the table and three points from safety. They are 7/1 (8.0) at Bet365 to be relegated this season. Whatever the situation, they need to get some points from this trip to Accrington.
It’s 2/1 (3.0) at Coral that Blackpool win this game but they need to improve to do so. It’s not just cash that the club is a bit short of, they seem to have forgotten how to score goals too. They have failed to hit the back of the net in their last three league games and at the weekend lost 4-0 at relegation-threatened Bristol Rovers.
Blackpool have no wins in their last three away league matches and just one win in the last six league matches. Seven of their 17 away league fixtures have ended all-square and it’s 9/4 (3.25) that they draw with Accrington.
The home side are also struggling for form this year. They are 14th in League One and just four points above the relegation zone. Promoted from League Two last season, they made a promising start to the season but they have faltered in recent months.
Accrington Stanley have only won one league game this year, a 4-2 home win over Oxford United who are 19th in the table at present. That’s their only victory in their last ten league games and only three of their last 19 have been won. All a bit disappointing considering they had a run of 10 without defeat in August and September.
Home form has seen Accrington win one of their last five home league games with only a single point from their last two. There have only been five home league victories this season, though three came in their first seven fixtures. You can get odds of 11/8 (2.37) at Ladbrokes on Accrington getting an important home win over Blackpool.
There have only been six previous meetings between these two teams with the first not happening until 2016. Accrington won the first two games (both at home), but since then Blackpool have won two and drawn two, though three have been played at home.
Accrington Stanley v Blackpool Team News
No major injuries reported from the weekend fixtures.
Both Teams To Score
Both teams have found the back of the net in five of the previous six meetings between Accrington and Blackpool. That includes all three of the games played at Accrington. The odds of both teams scoring in this match are 4/5 (1.8) at William Hill.
Searching for a Goal
Blackpool haven’t scored a goal since 12 February and that was scored by Armand Gnaduillet. He’s scored in two of their last four away league games and is 6/1 (7.0) at Betfred to score the first goal in this match. BetVictor will give you odds of 2/1 (3.0) on him scoring at any time in this game.
Under 2.5 Goals
Three of the last four Accrington Stanley home league games have seen under 2.5 goals scored in them. The same stat applies to seven of the last nine Blackpool league fixtures. A bet on under 2.5 goals in this match has odds of 4/6 (1.66) at Unibet.
This may or may not be a relegation battle. Neither side are in the best of form though and Blackpool are struggling for goals. A bet on a draw with under 2.5 goals is 11/4 (3.75) at SkyBet.