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Big Preview: Leicester City

Posted: Fri 14 Mar 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game

With the hoodoo finally off Blackpool’s backs, they’ll travel to Leicester City in good spirits and will be hopeful of upsetting the bookmakers at the King Power Stadium.

The Seasiders claimed a crucial victory over Millwall in mid-week, as the winless run was halted, and they’ll now turn to the league leaders.

Buoyed by a first victory under his reign, Barry Ferguson will have a number of fresh legs to call upon, and has an almost fully fit squad to select from.

Leicester are flying at the top of The Championship, with a seven point cushion on Burnley, and they are 15 points away from Derby, who sit in third.

Nigel Pearson’s men are unbeaten since December, and look on course to return to the Premier League for the first time in ten years.

Pool had gone 18 games without a win until Tuesday, but drew with Leicester at Bloomfield Road in September, so will travel without fear.

Team News

Jack Robinson returns from suspension for Blackpool, whilst Andy Keogh will be eligible, having missed the clash with his parent club, Millwall. 

Kevin Foley is likely to miss out with injury, whilst the game is also set to come too soon for Tom Barkhuizen.

Recent Form

Blackpool ended their poor run of form on Tuesday, so go into the game on the back of a victory. Away from home they lost at Watford last time, but also recently drew at Ipswich.

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Leicester have won their last three games 3-0, including at Barnsley in mid-week. Two February draws with Watford and Nottingham Forest are the only time they’ve dropped points recently.

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Head-To-Head

The pair drew 2-2 back in September, when Chris Basham and Thomas Ince were on target for Blackpool. At the King Power Stadium last season City were victorious thanks to a Ben Marshall penalty. 

Complete Record: Blackpool wins: 38 – Draws: 22 – Leicester wins: 38


Connections

Leicester’s Kevin Phillips and Gary Taylor-Fletcher are former Seasiders, whilst the likes of DJ Campbell, Richie Wellens, Simon Grayson and Ian Marshall have represented both sides.


Tickets

Supporters can pay on the day at the King Power Stadium for the following prices - £30 for Adults, £27 for Seniors 65+ and Under-22s, £20 for Under-18s, £11 for Under-12s, £9 for Under-8s.

Betting

Blackpool are priced at 9/1 to win, whilst a draw is at 18/5 and Leicester are 1/3.

At 20/1 you can back Blackpool to win 1-0, whilst David Goodwillie is at 14/1 to score first with Sky Bet.

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Burnley v Leeds
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Ipswich v Wigan
Millwall v Charlton
Nottingham Forest v Doncaster
QPR v Yeovil
Reading v Derby
Sheff Wed v Birmingham 
Watford v Barnsley