Blackpool travel to the City Ground this weekend, where they will face Nottingham Forest. The two sides met in last season's FA Cup, when the Tangerines beat their Premier League opponent 4-1.
Nuno Espírito Santo has had an instant impact since being appointed as Forest manager recently, with his side earning some breathing room above the drop. The Tricky Trees now sit 15th in the Premier League. However, they have struggled in attack and at the back this season, scoring just 24 goals and conceding 35.
The 3-1 victory away to Newcastle and the 2-1 home defeat of Manchester United sum up the drastic turnaround at the club. Forest deservedly beat the Red Devils at the weekend, scoring twice on the break via cutbacks.
Blackpool are in and around the promotion spots currently in League One, but their faithful must be slightly disappointed overall. The Tangerines sit eighth in the league, scoring 1.62 goals per game and conceding 1.23.
Blackpool lost their previous two games before the weekend, where they beat Lincoln 2-0 at home. The hosts had less possession but were clinical in front of goal.
With momentum and division ranking in Forest’s favour, it is difficult to see anything other than a win for the Premier League side.
The hosts will have most of the ball, but the quality and depth of their squad should allow them to prevail.
The final prediction is Nottingham Forest 3-0 Blackpool.