According to Edward Carter (football prediction specialist at FootballPredictions.com) it has been six years since Blackpool played their last match in the Premier League. Nowadays the club’s main goal is to secure the League One survival and it remains to be seen if they are going to stay in the English third tier.
Thanks to a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient on the last day of the 2016/2017 season Blackpool booked their place in the League Two play-offs. The Seasiders proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Luton Town and Mark Cullen’s goal helped them beat Exeter City in the play-offs final at Wembley Stadium.
Blackpool have slim chances of securing promotion to the Championship and the team’s main goal is to secure the League One survival. Gary Bowyer is still in charge of the club and his men have been producing fine performances at the start of the 2017/2018 season. The Seasiders kicked off the new League One campaign with a 2-1 loss at Bradford City, but they recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic in the first two home games of the season. It seems as if Blackpool are going to continue to struggle on the travels, but they showed character in a 3-3 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Gary Bowyer made a number of changes to the squad in the summer transfer window as they brought the likes of Nick Anderton, Max Clayton, Peter Hartley, Chirstoffer Mafoumbi, Scott Quigley, Jimmy Ryan, Curtis Tilt, Oliver Turnon and Ben Williams to Bloomfield Road, whilst Tom Aldred, Ian Black, Henry Cameron, John Herron, Luke Higham, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Payne, Brad Potts, Jack Redshaw, Sam Slocombe and Macauley Wilson are no longer part of the team. Blackpool, on the other hand, did well to keep hold of attacking duo Kyle Vassell – Mark Cullen and they are likely to pose a big threat for opposition defenders in the 2017/2018 League One campaign. Colin Daniel, who quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Blackpool is once expected to play an important role in Gary Bowyer’s team.
It is well known that Blackpool are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they need to keep on collecting points from home fixtures if they are to retain their League One status and the team’s performances in the victories over MK Dons and Oldham City are certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. However, given the quality of Wigan, Blackburn, Charlton, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Bradford, I do not believe that Blackpool are capable of finishing the season in top six.
Taking everything into account, the Seasiders should mind their own business and they need to stick to their attack-minded approach as that is the main reason why football fans in England love them (well a few years ago!). Blackpool are not seen as candidates to secure promotion to the Championship, but they are definitely capable of staying in the English third tier. If you are looking for analysis on the English Premier League or Championship instead of the League One make sure to check out these Premier League predictions by Edward Carter.