Arsenal vs Blackpool – Holloway wants to avoid embarrassment

Many people may be expecting Arsenal to run up a cricket score when they host Blackpool in their first Premier League game of the season at the Emirates.

Blackpool manager has even outright stated that he is hoping that his team do not get embarrassed, as they look to claim their first victory at Arsenal since 1958.

They have lost on seven off their nine visits since and even their 4-0 hammering of Wigan away from home in their first Premier League game has not served to boost their chances of leaving London with anything less than a defeat.

There is little value in backing Arsenal at 1/6 to gain their first win of the season, with the first goalscorer market offering greater value.

Marouane Chamakh will be keen to open his Arsenal account and is 3/1 to strike first, while Cesc Fabregas is expected to start as Samir Nasri faces a month on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery and is 4/1.

Other factors that are not in Blackpool’s favour are that they have failed to win their opening two games of a season since 1991, when they were competing in the old Fourth Division.

Also, there away record in the Championship last season was not the best, winning just six times on the road.

However, they can take hope from the performance of Hull two seasons ago in the Premier League when they were given little chance of picking up a result at the Emirates and left with a 2-1 victory.

Marlon Harewood scored two in Blackpool’s win at Wigan and is perhaps their chief attacking threat, particularly as Arsene Wenger is potentially going to have to utilise Alex Song in defence because of a mixture of injuries and suspensions.

Harewood is 9/2 to score in the 90 minutes against Arsenal, with Blackpool 14/1 to claim an unexpected win.

Arsenal beat Blackpool 1-0 the last time they met in a league fixture and it is 6/1 for a repeat this season. See the whole correct score market.