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Big Preview: Bolton Wanderers

Posted: Tue 25 Mar 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Tonight - Reebok Stadium - 8PM

Back-to-back  victories are long overdue for The Seasiders, not since September have they taken six points from six available, and there are few better occasions to end that run than away to Bolton Wanderers.

The two clubs are locked together on 41 points in The Championship, so both still have work to do to retain their division status for next season.

Results have certainly improved for Blackpool in recent weeks, but that is thanks entirely to their home form, so now Barry Ferguson will be targeting a first away win.

Under the Scot Pool have claimed just one point away from home, but face a Bolton side who have won just four times on their own turf in the league all season.

The statistic reads at five in all competitions, after The Trotters edged past Blackpool in the FA Cup in January, but on the day the visitors certainly deserved more.

Pools fans are expected to make the 37 mile journey in their numbers, as they did that day, where their side will be aiming for a first away win since November. 

Team News
Robert Earnshaw is set to make his Blackpool debut this evening, after signing for the remainder of the season on Friday.

However Kirk Broadfoot is expected to miss out after leaving the field injured on Saturday, and Stephen Dobbie is again a doubt

Tom Barkhuizen remains side-lined, whilst Steven Davies will miss the remainder of the season.

For Bolton, Alex Baptiste will miss out on the chance to face his former club after he was sent off at Yeovil on Saturday. 

Matt Mills is back available for the hosts, who are without Marc Tierney, Darren Pratley, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley. 

Recent Form
Blackpool’s form has improved in recent weeks, and two wins from three matches have lifted the pressure. The 3-1 defeat at Leicester came in between victories over Millwall and Huddersfield for Pool.

Last Five: LLWLW

Three consecutive wins around the turn of the month means the Bolton fans have something to shout about. Recent draws against Derby and Yeovil came either side of a home defeat against Brighton.

Last Five: WWDLD

Head-To-Head
Tonight will be the third meeting between the two this season, after they drew 0-0 at Bloomfield Road in October and Bolton won the FA Cup clash 2-1. However the final game of last season saw Pool claim a draw at The Reebok Stadium, which denied the hosts a shot at the play-offs.

Complete Record: Blackpool Wins: 31 - Draws: 27 - Bolton Wins: 38


Connections
Blackpool’s Chris Basham was previously with Bolton, whilst Alex Baptiste is a former Seasider. Other players who’ve played for both clubs include Scott Taylor, Dave Hatton, Paul Warhurst, Jeff Chandler and Paul Jones.

Tickets
Blackpool fans can pay on the gate at Bolton, just go to Turnstile E from 7PM. Price: £25 Adults, £18 Over-65s and Under-23s, £10 Under-18s

Betting
Blackpool can be backed at 100/30 to win at Bolton, whilst the hosts are at 4/5 and a draw is 13/5. Robert Earnshaw can be backed to score any time during his debut at 11/4


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QPR v Wigan
Sheff Wed v Brighton
Watford v Blackburn
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