Fleetwood Town v Blackpool latest odds, news and free bets

There must have been celebrations at the Highbury Stadium when the draw for the third round of the FA Cup was made, with Fleetwood Town being handed a plum tie against nearby Blackpool. Just 18 miles seperate the two clubs and this won’t be an easy match for the Tangerines

The Cod Army reached the Blue Square Premier play-offs last season and are currently sitting second this time around, having accumulated 57 points from 26 matches. Former Blackpool midfielder Micky Mellon is in charge and only one defeat has been suffered at home all season.

Fleetwood can be backed at 7/2 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to beat a team that were mixing it with the Premier League elite last term, with the home side likely to be charged for a chance to make history against the bigger club down the road.

The boot will be on the other foot for Ian Holloway after his own team were pulling off a number of upsets in the top flight last season, although Blackpool come into this game with some decent form behind them, including a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on Monday.

Bet365 (£200 free betting) offer 5/6 that the visitors claim the spoils, with Lomano Lua Lua having recently arrived back in England after a stint with Olympiakos. Then there is Kevin Phillips available to make his mark in yet another FA Cup tie, although Jamie Vardy is a player that the Tangerines will have to watch out for.

The Fleetwood striker has 17 goals to his name already this term, scoring twice as the Lancashire side won 6-0 at Southport last Sunday.

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