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Pre-Match Brief: QPR

Posted: Fri 13 Dec 2013
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Latest News Ahead Of Fixture

Blackpool will look to return to winning ways this weekend when they host Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield Road. 

Gary MacKenzie misses out on the fixture due to a hip problem, but defensive partner Kirk Broadfoot is available again after serving a one-match ban. Ricardo Fuller, Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez are suspended. 

QPR are unlikely to include new signing Yossi Benayoun, however former Pool favourite Matt Phillips is expected to line-up for the opposition. 

The visitors, without an away win in their last five, currently sit second in The Championship table, albeit off top spot due to goal difference. 

Manager Views

Paul Ince: "We seem to relish that challenge against the bigger boys. They've won a lot of games 1-0 so we're not fearful of them at all, we're actually looking forward to it. They've got some very good players, but rightly so with the budget they've got and the money they're spending."  

Harry Redknapp: "Blackpool have done well. Ince has done well without the resources. His son is a Premier League player."

Ticket News

Matchday tickets remain on sale to Blackpool fans for the game and can be purchased from the ticket office right up until kick-off, with any pre-booked tickets available for collection at the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am.

More than 1,000 QPR fans have already committed to making the trip, but tickets remain available to purchase on the day from the away ticket booth, next to the away turnstiles, from 1.30pm.      

Matchday tickets are priced as follows: 

£25 for Adults 
£20 for Seniors 
£17 for 16-U19 
£15 for Under-16s 

Please note: a £5 discount applies to the price of a members ticket and tickets in the East Stand are £1 cheaper than advertised.  

Match Officials

Stuart Attwell will oversee the game between the two sides, assisted by Robert Jones and David Richardson. Mr Attwell last officiated a Blackpool game last December, which The Seasiders lost 4-2 at Middlesbrough. Darren Bond will be the fourth official. 
    
Half-Time Challenge

The Wonga half-time challenge, Straight Walking Football, returns this weekend. Marc Ormond and Edward Maunder will go head-to-head to win £150.   

Up The Pool

The latest edition of Up The Pool, the club's matchday magazine, will be on sale around the ground and from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at just £3. 

Kirk Broadfoot is the subject of our main interview, while Thomas Ince, Danny Shittu and Matt Phillips also feature.     

Betting Odds

The Seasiders are priced at 12/5 to win the match, with Stephen Dobbie available at 12/1 to open the scoring. Please click here for a full list of betting options with Sky Bet.