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Preview: Derby V Blackpool

Posted: Fri 06 Dec 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

A look ahead to Saturday's trip to Derby

Blackpool will hope to make light work of their defensive issues and bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat with three points at the iPro Stadium.

Paul Ince is yet to record back-to-back defeats as Blackpool manager, so will be hoping his side can react after the Yeovil disappointment in front of the Sky cameras.

Both Derby and Blackpool are tied on 33 points and sit inside the play-offs before Saturday’s early kick-off in Derbyshire.

The Rams are in-form, having won their last four, but are inconsistent on home soil, winning and losing three apiece.

They beat Middlesbrough on Tuesday and are still feeling the effect of Steve McLaren’s introduction in September.


Team News

Blackpool’s suspended trio Kirk Broadfoot, Gary MacKenzie and Ricardo Fuller will all miss the trip after red cards on Tuesday night, whilst Bradley Orr will sit out due to injury.

Craig Cathcart will face a late fitness test to see if he is involved, whilst Barry Ferguson could start following a subbed appearance at Yeovil.

Derby have a fully fit squad for the visit of The Seasiders.

Recent form

Tuesday’s defeat at Yeovil was Blackpool’s first on the road since September, and came on the back of a solid victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Pool’s recent inconsistent form has wielded eight points from the last six games.

Last six: LWDLWD

As for Derby, they’ve lost just once in the last six games, and they’ve taken maximum points from the last four. On home soil County have beaten Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday recently, whilst a loss to QPR is the only blot of the recent record.

Last six: WWWWLD

Head to head

Tomorrow’s hosts have won three of the previous four meetings between the two clubs, and hold the overall record. The last meeting between the fair did end in a Blackpool win however, as Paul Ince’s men secured survival in the final home game of last season.

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 22, Derby wins: 27, Draws: 19.


Connections

Blackpool striker Steve Davies spent four seasons at Derby, scoring 23 times in 94 appearances. Meanwhile fellow striker Nathan Tyson, on loan at Fleetwood, also had a stint with County.

Elsewhere, Derby’s Shaun Barker is a former Seasider, who spent three seasons at Bloomfield Road.

Tickets

Supporters who don’t have a ticket can pay on the gate at the iPro Stadium with a £3 increase for adults and £2 for concessions.

Prices: Adults: £27, Seniors: £19 (65 & over), Under 18s: £15


Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 7/2 for an away win tomorrow, whilst Derby are at 8/11. With both sides locked on 31 points you can pick a draw at 14/5.

Steve Davies can be backed to haunt his former club and score the first goal at 8/1.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

Birmingham v Middlesbrough
Bolton v Doncaster
Brighton v Leicester
Burnley v Barnsley
Ipswich v Huddersfield
Leeds v Watford
Millwall v Wigan
QPR v Blackburn
Reading v Bournemouth
Sheff Wed v Nottingham Forest
Yeovil v Charlton