Wolves vs Blackpool Predictions

Wolves vs Blackpool predictions ahead of this clash in the second round of the EFL Cup. After a crucial win in the Premier League against Everton, the Wolves will be hoping to build some momentum in the Carabao Cup. Will they be able to overcome Championship side Blackpool or are we up for an upset? Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

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Wolves vs Blackpool Predictions


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An EFL Cup Duel Awaits!

Key Stats
– Wolverhampton Wanderers maintain a ball possession average of 49.3% against Blackpool’s 40% in their respective campaigns.
– Jake Beesley, with an average rating of 8.60, is Blackpool’s standout player in the EFL Cup, netting twice already.
– Wolverhampton have hit the woodwork thrice this season, suggesting they’re getting tantalisingly close to more goals.

In the illustrious EFL Cup, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool are set to clash once again, offering a fascinating encounter. The Molineux will be set ablaze when Gary O’Neil’s Wolves team, invigorated by their recent Premier League victory, challenges Blackpool on their home turf.

Recent Performance Analysis: Wolverhampton Wanderers: After an impeccable pre-season, Wolverhampton Wanderers experienced a less than ideal start to the Premier League 2023-24 campaign. Their 1-0 loss to Manchester United marked a sombre beginning, followed by a more disappointing 4-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion. However, the Wolves redeemed themselves by securing a narrow 1-0 triumph against Everton. Everton dominated most of the match, but Sasa Kalajdzic’s late header secured all three points for the visitors.


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Building on their recent win, O’Neil aims for a consistent performance from his squad. Their aim? Outdo their previous EFL Cup journey, which saw them conquer Leeds United and Gillingham, only to fall short in penalties to Nottingham Forest during the quarter-finals.

Blackpool: Blackpool’s form has been somewhat contrasting. Their recent 3-0 defeat at the hands of Lincoln City came as a surprise. In a match fraught with tension, Oliver Norburn’s expulsion didn’t help matters as Daniel Mandroiu, Ethan Erhahon, and Teddy Bishop each found the net, awarding Lincoln City the victory. Since their 2-0 triumph over Burton Albion, Neil Critchley’s squad seems to have hit a rough patch, with three draws and a defeat marring their League One campaign.

However, their EFL Cup journey has been optimistic, as they displayed their dominance with a 2-0 win against Derby County, thanks to Jake Beesley’s dazzling performance. Their upcoming match will be a testament to their mettle, especially against a Wolverhampton side that has been their nemesis in recent years.

Team News: Wolverhampton Wanderers approach this match with their squad almost fully fit, with the notable exception of Hwang Hee-chan. The ongoing transfer speculation surrounding Matheus Nunes also means he’ll be absent from the lineup.

On the other hand, Blackpool faces more pressing issues. Norburn’s red card during their clash against Lincoln means he’s out of contention. Additionally, injuries have sidelined key players such as Gary Madine, Jordan Gabriel, Liam Bridcutt, Kevin Stewart, and Shayne Lavery.


1. Wolves to Emerge Victorious

Wolverhampton Wanderers, commonly referred to as Wolves, seem to be shaking off their early-season rust after an important victory over Everton. The triumph at Goodison Park, despite Everton’s dominant display, showcased the resilience and determination inherent in the Wolves side under Gary O’Neil’s leadership. One cannot overlook the fact that they managed to keep a clean sheet against a desperate Toffees side looking for their first win.

Contrastingly, Blackpool are seemingly in a spot of bother with their form. They’re yet to find consistent success in the League One season, and their recent 3-0 drubbing by Lincoln City doesn’t bode well for their confidence. Moreover, they’ll be missing pivotal players like Oliver Norburn, who received a red card in their previous encounter.

The head-to-head statistics further swing in Wolves’ favour, with them remaining unbeaten in four of their last five meetings against Blackpool. Given these factors, and the apparent gulf in quality and depth between the Premier League side and their League One counterparts, a Wolves win seems the likely outcome.

2. A Narrow Scoreline: 2-1 in Favour of Wolves

While Wolverhampton Wanderers are favourites for the tie, one can’t wholly dismiss Blackpool’s chances, especially in a cup game where upsets are a dime a dozen. However, recent form provides a roadmap to predicting the scoreline. Wolves, despite their occasional defensive solidity, have been shaky at the back, conceding five goals in three Premier League matches. On the other hand, they’ve only managed to net twice, indicating some challenges in the final third.

On Blackpool’s end, they showcased their goal-scoring potential against Derby County in the EFL Cup with a 2-0 victory. Given Wolves’ susceptibility at the back and Blackpool’s knack for finding the net in the cup, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see the League One side getting a goal. However, Wolves’ superior quality should see them net a couple. Hence, a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Wolverhampton Wanderers seems a plausible prediction.

3. Saša Kalajdžić to be on the Score Sheet

Finding the back of the net in crucial moments can drastically alter a player’s confidence, and Saša Kalajdžić is currently riding that high. The forward’s recent 87th-minute header against Everton not only secured all three points for Wolves but showcased his aerial threat. Considering that he should be considered in this clash when it comes to the anytime goalscorer market.


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