Aston Villa have been drawn at home to Blackpool in the FA Cup third round, with the tie set to be played during the weekend of January 3 and 4.
Blackpool sit bottom of the Championship at present having won just twice all season, with their latest victory coming against Villa’s main rivals Birmingham City this past weekend.
Nevertheless, Villa have recent history of being dumped out of the competition by lower league opposition, having suffered a 2-1 home defeat to then-League One struggles Sheffield United in last season’s third round.
In Paul Lambert’s previous campaign in charge, the Claret and Blues managed to make it past the first hurdle with a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town at Villa Park, but then went out in the fourth round after a 2-1 loss at Milwall.
Fans of the West Midlands outfit are therefore exercising caution ahead of the tie, with the following being a few of the reactions to the news of the draw.
I'm making myself a Spartans helmet - and also putting £10 on Blackpool. #avfc— Paul Abdale (@PaulAbdale) December 8, 2014
What a draw for #AVFC getting the privilege of facing the famous blackpool at home. It's going to be a sell out.— Adam Ingham (@InghamAdam) December 8, 2014
we will lose to blackpool, lee clarke and delfouneso scoring a last minute winner is inevitable #avfc— Jackk (@JaackMack) December 8, 2014
Would have preferred Blackpool away than at home tbh! #avfc— Braden Valles (@BradeV96) December 8, 2014
Please tell me #avfc can beat Blackpool and it's remember 1988 for Wimbledon against Liverpool that will be special— Rupert Bell (@Rupertbell) December 8, 2014
So Blackpool it is. Rock on! Our record in recent years v lower league teams is crap so another banana skin it is. #avfc— Steve Woolley (@SteveJWoolley) December 8, 2014
Least we're at home, Blackpool will do, surely a win? #AVFC— Sherrileighx (@SherrileighxTW) December 8, 2014
#avfc we play Blackpool at home... Not sure about this one but surely a win especially with lee Clark as manager— Jay (@JamesHill205) December 8, 2014
Blackpool, are you serious ? At home as well. Not only are we going to loose... But also Blackpool aren't Birmingham / Wolves / WBA #AVFC— José Lambert (@UnicornJamie123) December 8, 2014
Blackpool at home in the 3rd round then. On paper I should be happy, but knowing our record against lower league teams... #avfc— Jacob Groves (@JacobGroves94) December 8, 2014