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Match Preview: Wolves

Posted: Fri 21 Dec 2012
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A Look Ahead Tonight's Match

Blackpool will be looking to go into the festive period on a high by make it nine games unbeaten this evening as they take on Wolves at Bloomfield Road.

Matt Phillips (toe) and Ian Evatt (knee) remain absent and Chris Basham faces a late fitness test after suffering an ankle injury.

A win could see Michael Appleton's side go seventh and two points off the play-offs albeit teams will have a game in hand.

Wolves have just won just two of their last 12 league games and will be desperate to for a change in fortunes.

Head-To-Head

Blackpool and Wolves have met 101 times in competitive matches with The Seasiders coming out on top in 35, losing 46 and drawing 20.

Last League Meetings

26 February 2011 - Wolves 4-0 Blackpool

20 November 2010 - Blackpool 2-1 Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves were relegated from the Premier League last season after finishing the campaign with just five wins to their name and having conceded 82 goals over the course of the season.

Ståle Solbakken took over as manager in the summer and despite a bright start to the league they have since dropped to 18th.

They lost at Middlesbrough last Saturday where two goals in the 89th and 90th minute handed 'Boro the three points when it seemed the game was destined for a draw.

Stat Attack

- After tonight's game both Wolves and Blackpool will have faced everyone in The Championship once.

- The Seasiders have scored 66.7% of their goals in the second-half of games this season.

- Blackpool have drawn more home games than anyone else in the division (five).

- Wolves are yet to draw an away match this season.

- Solbakken's side have scored first in 14 of their 22 league games so far.

Referee

David Coote (Nottingham)

The last game involving The Seasiders that Mr. Coote officiated was Blackpool's 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough in November 2011.

The home side led twice through two Scott McDonald goals only for first, Ludovic Sylvestre and later, Jonjo Shelvey to level things up for Pool.