Barrow vs Blackpool Predictions

Barrow vs. Blackpool predictions for Tuesday night’s EFL Trophy affair. Starting their EFL Trophy journey, Barrow and Blackpool clash at Holker Street on Tuesday. Both aim for a strong beginning in Group A, who will prevail? Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Barrow vs Blackpool Predictions


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Barrow and Blackpool Lock Horns: EFL Trophy Kickstarts with High Expectations

Key Stats
– Barrow boast 12 wins from their last 23 home matches, placing them third in terms of home wins in England’s fourth tier.
– Blackpool’s Albie Morgan hold the highest average “BettingTips4You Expert Rating” in League One this season with 7.30.
– Emile Acquah of Barrow is currently leading in goals for his team in League Two with 3 goals in the season so far.

Barrow and Blackpool are all set to ignite their EFL Trophy campaign this Tuesday at Holker Street. Both teams find themselves in a challenging Group A, which also houses Morecambe and Liverpool Under-21s. Both are looking to make a mark early on.

The Barrow side, after a gripping 1-1 draw with Wrexham in late August, found their winning rhythm again by securing a victory over Harrogate Town. Kian Spence’s exemplary 21st-minute goal against his hometown club ensured Barrow stayed ahead. It was a testament to their impressive beginning to the 2023-24 season.


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Having accumulated 11 points from their first six outings in League Two, with three victories under their belt, Barrow are aiming for the stars. Their only stumble so far was a loss to Stockport County, placing them fourth on the league table. Pete Wild, at the helm of the Bluebirds, might be targeting a promotion this season. The team’s previous season’s record of securing 12 wins in 23 home matches, one of the best in England’s fourth tier, adds weight to this ambition. However, Barrow’s early exit from the EFL Cup at Bolton Wanderers’ hands serves as a reminder of the challenges ahead.

Blackpool’s Strong Start and Aspirations

Neil Critchley’s Blackpool, meanwhile, is no pushover. Even though they find themselves in the 12th position in the League One table, they’ve only faced one league defeat. Following a substantial defeat in the EFL Cup by Wolves, Blackpool dramatically turned things around against Wigan. Kenny Dougall’s goal, right at the death of the match, ensured the Tangerines claimed the three points.

Another promising development for Blackpool was Jordan Rhodes marking his debut with a goal, more so with Shayne Lavery sidelined due to injury. With an impending international break and their match against Fleetwood Town postponed, Critchley will be keen to keep the momentum going.

Team News and Form

Barrow’s recent form (in all competitions) showcases their resilience: L, W, D, L, D, W. Pete Wild’s decision to use a back four against Harrogate might continue against Blackpool, especially after a clean sheet. Emile Acquah’s partnership with Jamie Proctor up front looks promising, with Acquah already boasting three goals this season.

On the other hand, Blackpool’s recent form reads: D, D, D, L, L, W. They’ll miss the services of Shayne Lavery due to a hamstring injury. However, the recent loan acquisition, Karamoko Dembele, from Brest might be a wild card for Blackpool.


  1. Match Outcome: Based on their current form and playing at Holker Street, a Draw seems the most likely outcome, ensuring both teams get a point from their inaugural Group A match. Both teams have showcased robust performances and are evenly matched.
  2. Correct Score Prediction: Considering both team’s offensive and defensive prowess, a scoreline of 1-1 seems probable.
  3. Goalscorer Prediction: For Barrow, Emile Acquah has been in top form, and we predict he’ll find the net in this match. For Blackpool, given his recent form, Jordan Rhodes seems a likely candidate to score.


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Gram Dodd
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