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Can Blackpool Survive In The Premier League?

With the start of the new season just hours away many people are predicting that Blackpool will be this season’s Burnley. However, Ian Holloway has added several new players to his squad this summer and they may well fancy their chances of upsetting the odds by staying up. The big question is have they got enough quality to do it?

 Can Blackpool Survive In The Premier League?

There is no doubt that every week Blackpool will be organised and hard to beat but the gulf in quality between the Premier League and Championship is a big one as so many promoted teams have found in the past. Teams have managed to avoid the drop in the past though and Blackpool need to take hope from that fact. The new arrivals that have joined in the past week will give the supporters a real belief that the club can survive whilst also showing the rest of the league that they are not here to simply make up the numbers as many have predicted.

Chris Basham and Marlon Harewood are both players with Premier League experience who may well feel that they have a point to prove to the footballing public. If they can both find form that they have shown glimpses of in the past then Holloway could have pulled a couple of gems out of the bag. Defender Craig Cathcart who joined from Manchester United will also be looking to make an impression in the top flight after finding his first team chances limited at Old Trafford. These signings along with players like Charlie Adam could prove enough to keep the Seasiders afloat. It won’t be easy but if teams think that that their visit to Blackpool will be a simple three points followed by a good night out they could be in for a rude awakening. Do you think Blackpool have enough to stay out of the relegation zone come the end of the season?

15 Responses to Can Blackpool Survive In The Premier League?

  1. Mike says:

    Straight down <20 points

  2. Philip Taylor says:

    Always a good home team…yes, that-together with some surprises along the way-will ensure we continue to see Ian Holloway’s team next year

  3. AJ says:

    Honestly, I hope Blackpool can stay in the EPL. I think Blackpool, if they can maintain in the EPL, can become the “Cinderella” story that most under teams would love and strive to become. If they’re relegated, well there’s always next time.

  4. Simon says:

    Straight down. i think they mite become the wost team in Premier League History.

  5. Liam says:

    Straight down. They won’t be as bad as Derby a few years back, but they’re going to struggle.

  6. Simon Burke says:

    Timely this… Blackpool giving WIgan a hiding currently! Humble pie all round :)

    • Thomas Flower says:

      Looks like Harewood had a good game too. Still a long way to go for them though.

    • Liam says:

      Wigan are an inconsistent side, so I wouldn’t be reading too much into this result. If Blackpool are out of the relegation zone after another 37 games, I’d be surprised.

  7. I hope they stay up but I don’t think they will. A fantastic result today, but Wigan leaked goals all of last season and will also struggle this year.

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  8. Lyle says:

    Probably not. It’s going to take a miracle season, I think. Ian Holloway is a bit of a magician though, so they might can do it… but they’ll probably sink like a stone at some point, just like Burnley did.

    Wonderful start however. Give’m heaps Blackpool, give’m heaps!!!

  9. Brad in SoCal says:

    Yes, it’s only one game, but West Ham showed nothing against Villa and WBA got mowed down by Chelsea (no shame there, but still). Go, Blackpool!

  10. Kip says:

    Blackpool fantastic. Wigan awful. Pitch perfect. Crowd dreadful (your blogger was right!). We may still go down but if nothing else this should dispel the idea that we’ll get less than points than Derby.

    Last two away games – Forest 3-4; Wigan 0-4. Arsenal will be worried… :)

  11. Ben says:

    Blackpool will be fine, I think they can stay up in the Premier League for next season, however Blackpool fans, don’t get too excited, I remember that Burnley did beat Manchester United last year in the beginning of the season.

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