Blackpool Preview: The World Is Your Oyston

Whatever the legitimate complaints about Enos Stanley Kroenke may be – and there are plenty – the prospect of him destroying the club seems remote. Stan wants a saleable asset at the end of all this and a few acres of prime north London real estate isn’t going to cut it financially. ‘There but for the grace of God’ is a reminder of the cruelty of life.

 The treatment of Blackpool FC by an owner with scant regard for people or the meaning of a football club in the community. Scant regard for everything or anything. It’s still ongoing and bring us to this stage

There will be just under 1,300 Blackpool supporters this evening. The wreckage of the Oyston’s ownership of the club is laid bare.

On the pitch, Blackpool sit snugly into the mid-table of League One. Tonight they face what will be a changed Arsenal side. Petr Cech is confirmed in goal which suggests Bernd Leno convinced Unai Emery he is worthy of the number one spot. Or the Spaniard just wants Cech back up to speed quickly and thinks the risk is to high for that to happen against Liverpool.

It’s going to be a mix of youth and experience. I’d imagine Ainsley Maitland-Niles will slot in at left-back if either of Kolasinac or Monreal isn’t fit. Even if they are, can they play tonight and Saturday?

How many youngsters will Emery include? Injuries offer the opportunity in midfield. Elneny is out for a fortnight so who partners Guendouzi in the deeper role? Aaron Ramsey is the natural fit unless AMN is the DM and Lichtsteiner is on the left. Jenkinson on the right in that instance.

Which leaves Smith Rowe to come in ahead of him, in the Number 10 role. If you were staying Aaron…

Young Hearts Run Free

In attack, does Eddie Nketiah get his chance? He and Willock are vying for one of the quartet of places left. I presume Mkhitaryan will start on one flank.

My guess is that Eddie will find himself on the bench with Willock on the flank, if either is to start. Danny Welbeck leading the line seems the most sensible option from kick-off.

There’s a danger in over-thinking it all as well. While Emery must keep Unai on the XI for the weekend, we invite the possibility of losing tonight if too many youngsters are fielded in one go.

This coach isn’t dismissing the competition in the same manner as his predecessor. It’s a trophy and that’s all he cares about. Which is a change in mentality, to the say the least. None of this ranking trophies; just win those that are in front of you if possible.

Not recklessly, however. And some are more important than others, naturally. Finishing in top four is a means to an end, not the end itself and that feels like the manager’s intent. Either that or he is better at PR!

The Blackpool team includes former Academy youngster Marc Bola, who was for a time expected to progress. Never happened as is so often the case. More often than not, in fact. As a left-back, what price a place in the first team tonight?

Bola is a trivia question waiting to happen after being sent off for a contretemps with an also red-carded team-mate. Although it was rescinded, there aren’t many in the Hales and Flanagan club.

The team for tonight, then:

Cech; Lichtsteiner, Mustafi, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Ramsey; Mkhitaryan, Smith Rowe, Iwobi; Welbeck

Or something similar.

Don’t Do The Crime…

Elsewhere, the gift which keeps on giving otherwise known as Tottenham, face a fine for the state of Monday night’s pitch. They broke the law and the law won; whether the Premier League will fine them remains to be seen. This after all, is an organisation which says no team can have two home grounds in a season but is prepared to let Tottenham do just that.

It’s a very flexible friend as far as rules go. You can bet all manner of hell would rain in on Cardiff or Huddersfield in the same circumstances.

And apparently, an English football club is under investigation for money laundering. No nameski, no pack drilling for oil. The club isn’t mentioned and given the state of Blackpool, a seemingly innocent Football Leeds, sorry, League club may be the culprit. There are plenty of sordid characters around the place at every level of the game.

Enjoy the match wherever you are watching it.

’til Tomorrow.



38 thoughts on “Blackpool Preview: The World Is Your Oyston

  1. Good stuff Yogi.

    I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Maitland-Niles start at LB and then get brought off ot 90 under his belt and then again against Liverpool. I do hope we get to see Nketiah get the nod with Iwobi starting on the bench.

  2. Leno should be the number 1 both present and future and its a shame how it happened but it needed to happen sooner rather than later. Sure he still needs to continue to learn the PL but I think he has already shown that his distribution, sweeper keeper and shot stopping abilities are quality and the other thing for me(partly because I followed him in the Bundesliga) is that he is fearless and unafraid to sacrifice to make a save knowing he could get injured.

  3. C,

    It’s not fair, but life has dealt The Cech a cruel blow, well the reading winger did in fairness, but he left a bit of his game /life on that pitch .

  4. Hope his namesake doesn’t haunt us tonite
    We got a few lookilikeys!
    See Douzi shit hisself in the spook Zone?
    Nearly as Funny as Iwobi polaxing himself with the mike. He da man!
    Worth a watch…. if you’re kidminding all day😭

  5. Cech, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Pleguezuelo, Litchtsteiner, Guendouzi, Ramsey, Smith-Rowe, Maitland-Niles, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck

    Substitutes: Martinez, Holding, Torriera, Willock, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Nketiah

  6. Off we go but if you watch julio pleguezuelo, you will notice how much of a leader he is and only at 21.

    Jenks at LB

  7. Cech saved by thr offside flag!!!!!!!!! My god, he tried to dance around a Blackpool attacker and lost control and my oh my!!!!! Thank good for the offside flag.

  8. Been out trick or treating. My treat ,clearly. Just got in.
    VAR 10 v 10 ? Wtf?
    Looking forward to the video ( Betamax of course) tomorrow.

  9. consolsbob,

    Just checked it and Sky was the first article I saw. Ramsey wanted to know why, they told him and based on the past couple of performances, Fulham goal aside, you can’t blame them.

  10. Swampdwellers… love that name , thanks Yogi, ..in the Quarters.
    Week after final CL/EL games. No breaks, straight into EPL fixtors between and after. See what squad depth there is then.
    Recall when Swampies took our U21s apart with their first team a few years back and tried claiming bragging rights. Let’s put the sorry fuckers to the sword.
    Biggest shame is that they didn’t get drawn at ‘home’ . That would have been icing on the cake.

  11. Well that draw certainly makes things interesting

    Ps Yogi

    “This coach isn’t dismissing the competition in the same manner as his predecessor.”

    Bit harsh as we were in last year’s final but I assume you mean the way there is less separation in squad

    Example tonight where pea comes on and Torr etc

    All in it together mentality I applaud

  12. Arsetralian,
    Shit 2008 ! Time flies
    Arsene did change his approach over the lean years. It will be interesting to see what kind of a mix we get for the Spuds game. How both coaches approach their relative fixture commitments. Judging by our PL2 form, we should be holding the aces. COYG.
    Sounds like our young guns all shone bright tonite…despite the double yellow.

  13. Ramsey last night……pff……backwards,sideways…anyway but forwards.
    At one point he solely took us from Blackpool’s 18 yard box all the way back to our keeper with 3-4 touches in the middle of the pitch.
    Ta ta mate,thanks for everything.

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