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Preview: Birmingham V Blackpool

Posted: Fri 22 Nov 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

All the information you need ahead of tomorrow's game

Just like Blackpool’s last away trip to Nottingham Forest, Saturday’s visit to Birmingham City will bring back fond memories from years gone by.

In 2012 The Seasiders booked another trip to Wembley after a 2-2 draw at St Andrews, and they’ll be looking for another positive result tomorrow, as Paul Ince’s men look to get back to winning ways.

Pool suffered only their second league defeat of the season last time out, but after an international break they’ll be looking to record a fourth away victory of the campaign.

They face a Birmingham side currently battling at the wrong end of the table, after an inconstant opening third of the campaign.

However, Lee Clark will take heart from the victory at Huddersfield Town last time out, as he looks to record only their third league win at St Andrews so far this season.

Team News

Blackpool’s injury crisis is easing supporters will enjoy hearing. Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne will return to the squad for the trip to St Andrews.

As for Birmingham, Neal Eardley will miss out on facing his former club, as he prepares for a long spell on the side lines with a knee injury.

The Blues brought in Aaron McLean on Thursday, so he could start, as could Polish striker Dariusz Dudka.

Wade Elliott and Kyle Bartley will both miss out through suspension, whilst Matt Green, Jonathan Spector and Akwasi-Asante are all injured.

Recent form

Pool’s defeat to Ipswich last time out came on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, and was the first home loss of the season. Prior to that, victories over Forest and Wigan were sandwiched in between five draws.
Last six: LWDWDD

Clark will have been grateful for the victory at his former club, as it lifted his side out of the relegation zone. Prior to that victory Birmingham had been losing to teams around them in the table, such as Bolton and Charlton.
Last six: WLDLLW

Head-to-head

The last two meetings between the clubs have finished 1-1, prior to that came that afore mentioned 2-2 draw, which gave the 1-0 home leg victory massive importance.

Complete record: Birmingham wins: 30, Draws: 20, Blackpool wins: 35


Connection

Eardley now part of the Birmingham set-up, but has been ruled out long-term with cruciate ligament damage. 

Tickets

Supporters are advised to buy their tickets in advance, but some will be made available to pay on the gate. 

£25 for Adults, £15 for Seniors, £15 for Students, £10 for 16-18-years, £1 for Under-16s (if purchased with an adult or senior ticket) 


Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 21/10 to claim a fourth away victory of the campaign.

Why not back Thomas Ince to be first goal scorer at 6/1?


This weekend’s fixtures

Doncaster v Yeovil (Friday)
Sheff Wed v Huddersfield (12:15KO)
Blackburn v Reading
Bournemouth v Derby
Ipswich v Leicester
Leeds v Middlesbrough 
Millwall v Barnsley
Nottingham Forest v Burnley
QPR v Charlton
Watford v Bolton
Wigan v Brighton