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Match Preview: Derby County

Posted: Fri 26 Apr 2013
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A Look Ahead To The Match

Blackpool welcome Derby County to Bloomfield Road for the final home game of the season tomorrow as they look to bounce back from just their third defeat under Paul Ince last time out.

Isaiah Osbourne returns from suspension, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher is also fit having suffered from mild concussion in last Saturday's game at Brighton.

Derby head into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over Peterborough United, which made them mathematically safe and took them up to 11th in the table.

They will be without goalkeeper Frank Fielding after he was sent off last week, while midfielder Will Hughes made his return from injury last week, playing the last five minutes.

Head-To-Head

The Seasiders have faced The Rams on 62 occasions in competitive matches with Blackpool winning 20, losing 25 and drawing 17.

Previous Meetings

Saturday 3 November 2012 - Derby 4-1 Blackpool

Tuesday 6 March 2012 - Derby 2-1 Blackpool

Derby County

Nigel Clough is currently the second longest serving manager in the npower Championship having been at Pride Park since January 2009; only Kenny Jackett at Millwall has been at a club longer.

If The Rams win their two final fixtures they will equal their points tally that they achieved last season - 68.

Last season's 12th place finish was their best league position they have achieved since Clough took over, just over four years ago.

Stat Attack

- Of their 58 league goals this season, Blackpool have scored 30 at home.

- The Seasiders have kept eight clean sheets at home this season.

- 74% of Blackpool's goals have been scored in the second-half.

- Derby have conceded at least one goal in each of their last 11 away matches.

- 69% of The Rams' points have been earned at home this season.

Referee

Gavin Ward (Surrey)

The last game involving The Seasiders  that Mr Ward took charge of was the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate earlier in the season.

Steve Davies's penalty in the 81st minute looked to have earned Bristol City all three points, but Blackpool equalised in the 90th minute through Thomas Ince's spot-kick.