Crystal Palace draw Blackpool in EFL Cup second round

The Eagles will face League Two opposition in the newly re-formed League Cup competition

Crystal Palace draw Blackpool in EFL Cup second round
Palace players celebrate in the FA Cup final last season - can they go all the way in the League Cup this year? | Photo: Reuters

Crystal Palace will face League Two side Blackpool in the English Football League Cup second round.

The second round draw was completed on Wednesday night following the culmination of the first round matches and the majority of the Premier League clubs now enter the competition.

The tie will be played at Palace's Selhurst Park on the week commencing the 22 August and will be an opportunity for Alan Pardew’s side to go on another cup run in the wake of reaching last season’s FA Cup final.

The Eagles entered the competition in the third round last season due to finishing in the top half the previous year and went on to beat Shrewsbury Town and arch-rivals Charlton Athletic – both 4-1 – before being thumped 5-1 by eventual winners Manchester City in the fifth round.

Cup opponents have imploded in recent years

Blackpool overcame League One opposition Bolton Wanderers in the first round, winning 4-2 after extra-time.

However, the Tangerines are far from the side that lit up the top-flight just five years ago and have fallen quite some way since. Relegation from League One last season continued a dismal few years for Gary Bowyer’s side and just 3,633 were in attendance for the victory over Bolton – and even a strong majority of those were away fans.

The boycotts come as a result of strong opposition against the club’s owners, the Oyston family, who fans have voiced their displeasure against for their failure to provide strong financial backing.

Palace taking on Blackpool in a Championship fixture in 2009 | Photo: Getty images
Palace taking on Blackpool in a Championship fixture in 2009 | Photo: Getty images

Blackpool have head-to-head advantage, although Premier League Palace will be tough opposition

The fixture spans back to 1906 when both sides met in the 1905-06 FA Cup. The original tie and replay both ended in 1-1 draws but the Tangerines eventually came out victorious in the second replay, beating Palace by a single goal to nil.

Overall, Blackpool have won 14 of the 35 meetings and Palace have won ten.