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Preview: Burnley Away

20 December 2013

All you need to know before Saturday's trip to Turf Moor

Blackpool will hope to end a run of three straight defeats and sign off for Christmas with a win when they travel to Burnley tomorrow.

Not a happy hunting ground in the past for The Seasiders, but with a strong following expected anything can happen in a Lancashire derby at Turf Moor.

Burnley are high-flying, just two points off the top spot, but have won just once in seven, despite having the potent threat of Danny Ings up front.

The striker earned his side a point in last week’s clash with Leicester to keep them in the top two.

A win for Blackpool could push Paul Ince’s men back into the play-offs, and he will be relieved his suspension problems are lifting ahead of the festive period. 


Team News

Neal Bishop returns to the Blackpool squad following his suspension, but Angel and Ricardo Fuller remain out with bans.

Isaiah Osbourne faces five weeks on the side-lines with a hamstring injury, so will miss the trip, whilst Craig Cathcart is a doubt and Gary MacKenzie is definitely out. 

Recent form

Blackpool have lost their last three matches, their worst run under Paul Ince, and were beaten 5-1 at Derby in their last away game. With only three defeats on the road this season though, Pool will be looking to regain their form.

Last Six: LLLWDL

Burnley’s form isn’t as impressive as many would imagine, having won just one of their last seven matches. Five draws have come from those games, and only one defeat, so Sean Dyche’s men remain solid.

Last Six: DWDLDD

Head-to-head

Blackpool haven’t won at Turf Moor since 1998, a run that usually mirrors the form at Bloomfield Road, which Pool dominate. The last time the pair met in April The Seasiders came out on top thanks to Ludovic Sylvestre’s strike.

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 36, draws: 30, Burnley wins: 53

Connections

Blackpool’s Nathan Delfouneso had a short loan spell with Burnley in 2011, playing 11 times, whilst Pool coach Steve Thompson wore claret and blue for two seasons from 1995. 

As for Burnley, their coach Terry Pashley is a former Seasider, making over 200 appearances for the club over five seasons at Bloomfield Road. 

Tickets

Blackpool have sold over 1,000 tickets for the short cross-Lancashire trip, but they are no longer on sale at Bloomfield Road. Supporters can pay on the gate on Saturday though (cash only). 

Prices: Adults £28, Over 65s and Under 22s £17 and Under 18s £8


Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 7/2 to win at Turf Moor, whilst Burnley are at 4/5 and a draw is 5/2.

Nathan Delfouneso can be backed to sink his former club with the first goal at 9/1

Tomorrow’s fixtures

QPR v Leicester (12:15)
Birmingham v Nottingham Forest
Bolton v Charlton
Brighton v Huddersfield
Derby v Doncaster
Ipswich v Watford
Leeds v Barnsley
Reading v Wigan
Sheff Wed v Bournemouth
Yeovil v Blackburn
Millwall v Middlesbrough (17:30)


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