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August 8, 2022 Sports Match, Sports Review
After a rocky start to the new Championship season, Blackpool will host Barrow in the first round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Barrow, meanwhile, has beaten two of the division’s top contenders for the crown, making them the latest surprise packages in League Two.
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Michael Appleton would have had high hopes of matching Blackpool’s triumph over Reading to start the season against Stoke City on Saturday.
However, the Seasiders were defeated at the bet365 Stadium thanks to a goal in each half, forcing Appleton to acknowledge that there is still much work to be done to keep Blackpool out of danger this year.
Arsenal’s Charlie Patino, who should give the team an extra spark in the center of the pitch, is the most recent of Appleton’s shrewd additions for this level of English football.
On Tuesday night, Patino will probably make his first start for the team, but he and his teammates will be facing a Barrow team that will be thrilled with the results of their first two games.
They were obviously underdogs to defeat Stockport County and Bradford City, especially since both of their opponents were expected to succeed in getting promoted. Pete Wild, however, saw his club win 3-2 twice, the second of which occurred in a thrilling second half at Holker Street over the weekend.
The Bantams twice brought Barrow back, but Josh Gordon’s goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time maintained the 22nd-place team’s perfect record.
While Wild might be concerned about his team’s defense, Barrow’s campaign start has exceeded all expectations, giving them a free pass to try to continue that run against more prestigious opponents.
Barrow will believe they have a chance to pull off an upset since Blackpool is anticipated to unveil a significantly altered lineup. The Tangerines should still have enough talent in their ranks to prevail, perhaps by a margin of one goal in three.