Ex-England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen sees potential for upset in Blackpool's FA Cup tie against West Brom

Former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes Blackpool are capable of pulling off an upset against West Brom tomorrow.
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The Seasiders take on the Baggies at Bloomfield Road on Saturday in their FA Cup third round tie.

Sam Allardyce's men sit second from bottom in the Premier League and, with their focus on surviving relegation, West Brom are likely to make a number of changes to their side.

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Given their struggles this season, Owen wouldn't be surprised if Blackpool managed to seal their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Writing in his BetVictor column, Owen said: “The big difference here is that the Baggies come into this as massive favourites. Mentally, that is a big shift and without an early goal to calm the nerves, I think there is potential for an upset here.

“West Brom may see a cup run as a potential distraction from their Premier League survival fight, a job that Sam Allardyce was specifically brought in to achieve and I can see him resting a number of first team players for this one.

“As I mentioned, the longer this stays 0-0, the more nervous the visitors will get. If that materialises, I think Blackpool could smell blood and steal a goal in what would be a big upset.”

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