This fixture will not be too unfamiliar for Blackpool, with the Seasiders being involved in two entertaining games with the Toffees that produced twelve goals last term. However, with Ian Holloway’s men now in a division beneath their opponents, this game is certainly going to be a difficult prospect and Holloway will be hoping he can add another giant-killing to his CV.
Having had his hands completely tied behind his back in relation to transfer funds, David Moyes must be applauded for managing to get his Everton side into a comfortable 10th position in the Premier League. Considering the inferior resources that the Toffees operate under, it would be unreasonable for their supporters to aim for any sort of European honours. However, Moyes will see the FA Cup as one competition they can excel in and bearing this in mind, there is no doubt that the Goodison Park outfit will be fielding a full strength side for this clash. Their form over recent weeks has improved significantly as well and this means that Moyes’ men will carry some great confidence into this tie. The club currently boast an unbeaten run of six games and having beaten Chelsea 2-0 in their last game, things are certainly looking up for the Toffees.
However, opponents Blackpool certainly won’t be any pushovers. The Seasiders are desperate to prove that they are worthy of playing Premier League opposition every week and at the moment, their league position is highlighting this. The Bloomfield Road outfit currently occupy 4th position in the table, with just four points keeping them from the automatic promotion places. Ian Holloway’s side also possess some of the best form in the Championship, having constructed an unbeaten run of ten games ahead of this clash. With the Seasiders also winning five of their last seven away games, they will travel to Goodison Park with the firm belief that they can progress to the next round of the competition.
It’s mixed news for Everton ahead of this clash, with Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell all poised to miss out as injuries hinder them. However, David Moyes is hopeful on the fitness of Seamus Coleman and Nikica Jelavic, who have both been struggling with injuries in recent times. Blackpool on the other hand could have a big problem ahead of this game, with top scorer Matt Phillips still a doubt after missing the midweek fixture against Doncaster.
While one division may separate these two clubs in the football pyramid, we think that Blackpool have the potential to at least grab a draw here. Even though Everton have recorded some very good results over recent weeks, their opponents also carry good form into the game and with that our prediction will be a 1-1 score line.