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Brighton received a tonic at the weekend as they secured just their second win in 19 appearances and their first in 11.
Graham Potter will hope to use this game as a springboard to some momentum, though his side can ill afford to underestimate Blackpool, who secured a scalp in the last round as they downed West Brom on penalties.
Premier League sides unsurprisingly hold a strong record hosting third-tier outfits in the FA Cup, winning 15 of 20 unbeaten games since 2015/16.
However, excluding the traditional ‘Big Six’ and Leicester, top-flight teams have only won seven of 13 matches, with both sides scoring in nine of these, as only three of those victories came by more than a single goal.
Blackpool are hardly in stellar form but they’ve lost just twice in eight appearances over 90 minutes, as both defeats came by a solitary strike.
With five stalemates across this period, they may fancy their chances of adding themselves to the list of League One sides to nick a draw away to top-flight opposition.
Blackpool +1.25 Asian Handicap
The Amex was once a source of great strength for Brighton under Chris Hughton when they first arrived on the Premier League scene, but results there have been dire there since the start of 2020.
The Seagulls are a pathetic W2-D11-L10 at home over this period, last winning against Portsmouth back in September, and so we’d get behind the visitors on the Asian handicap.
Brighton have at least avoided defeat in five of their last seven at home, though they offer up chances with both teams scoring in five of these games too.
The exceptions came against low-scoring Burnley and when they went down 1-0 to Arsenal, while both teams have now scored in each of Blackpool’s last three outings.
Both Teams To Score
The Tangerines showed enough in the final third when facing West Brom to demonstrate they can carve out openings, and they’ve been further boosted this week with the loan signing of Everton youngster Ellis Simms, with the striker boasting a strong scoring record at youth level.
Moreover, Brighton were taken to penalties away at fourth-tier outfit Newport earlier this month in the previous, following a 1-1 draw, while Graham Potter still has a lengthy injury list featuring the likes of Danny Welbeck, Aaron Connolly, Adam Lallana and Tariq Lamptey.
Blackpool +1.25 Asian Handicap At 22/25
Both Teams To Score (Yes) At 4/5
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ODDS ARE CORRECT AS OF 20/01/2020 HOWEVER ARE SUBJECT TO FLUCTUATIONS