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Match Preview: Birmingham City

27 November 2012

A Look Ahead To Tonight's Match With The Blues

The Seasiders welcome Lee Clark's Birmingham later as Michael Appleton looks to continue with his unbeaten start to life as Blackpool manager.

It's three points from three games so far and Saturday's 2-2 draw with Watford was the third consecutive game where The Seasiders came from behind to gain a point.

Blackpool will be without Ian Evatt (knee), Gary Taylor-Fletcher (hamstring) and Matt Phillips (toe) as they look for their first home win since beating Middlesbrough 4-1 on 18 September.

As for the visitors they will be hoping to get back to winning ways having suffered two defeats and a draw in their last three games.


Blackpool have faced Birmingham 89 times in competitive matches with The Seasiders winning 39, losing 32 and drawing 20.

Last Season's Meetings

26 November - Blackpool 2-2 Birmingham City

31 December - Birmingham City 3-0 Blackpool

4 May - Blackpool 1-0 Birmingham City (Play-Off Semi-Final 1st leg)

9 May - Birmingham City 2-2 Blackpool (Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd leg)

Birmingham City

The Blues have had a largely inconsistent start to the season and are yet to win back-to-back games this season.

They have lost their last two, both by a 3-2 scoreline, at home to Hull City and at Derby County on Saturday.

Birmingham's two away wins this season came against Brighton and Leeds; both games ended 1-0.

Stat Attack

- Blackpool have conceded the first goal in 13 of their 18 league games this season.

- The Seasiders last kept a clean sheet at Bloomfield Road in August when Blackpool ran out 6-0 winners over Ipswich.

- Isaiah Osbourne became Blackpool's tenth scorer this season with his equaliser against Watford on Saturday.

- Marlon King is the current top scorer with ten league goals so far, scoring seven of those away from St. Andrews.


Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

The last game involving The Seasiders that Mr. Pawson refereed was the 3-0 defeat at Birmingham City on 31 December last year, where he sent Barry Ferguson off shortly after half-time.

Goals from Curtis Davies, Marlon king and Nathan Redmond secured The Blues their last three points of 2011.

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