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Big Preview: Leeds United

11 April 2014

Elland Road - 3PM

Two out of form sides go head-to-head at Elland Road tomorrow afternoon, and something has to give between Blackpool and Leeds United.

Back-to-back home defeats have left The Seasiders in desperate need of three points, and they'll be looking to avoid being pulled into the relegation mire even further.

The gap currently stands at three points, but given that Pool have been out of the relegation zone all season, they won’t want it to be goal difference alone keeping them above water by Saturday evening.

15 points are available to Blackpool before the end of the season, and with three games on the road left a first away win since November is likely to be required.

Leeds go into the clash on the back of five straight defeats themselves, but with off-field problems taking the headlines, they’ll be happy to see the end of this season.

Their main asset is Ross McCormack, the top goal scorer in the league, who has 28 to his name so far. 

They are in no real danger of relegation, despite their bottom-half position, meaning it will be a fifth successive season at this level next time out for The Whites.

Team News
Ricardo Fuller, Kirk Broadfoot, Robert Earnshaw and Angel Martinez are all set to miss out for The Seasiders, while Steve Davies remains a long-term absentee.

As for Leeds, Sam Byram misses out, as do Jamie Ashdown, David Norris and Jimmy Kebe, while Rodolph Austin is a doubt.

Recent Form
After a positive March, Blackpool entered April with back-to-back defeats, which has turned up the heat once more. Both Yeovil and Derby won at Bloomfield Road last week, meaning Pool need more points to ensure survival.
Last Five: WLDLL

Leeds have lost their last five, including on Tuesday night when they returned from Watford empty handed. Prior to that defeat they’d also lost to Bournemouth, Doncaster, Charlton and Wigan. 
Last Five: LLLLL

Head-To-Head
The pair met on Boxing Day at Bloomfield Road, as Thomas Ince scored to earn Blackpool a point in a 1-1 draw. It was at Elland Road last season where Paul Ince endured his first game at Pool manager, when The Whites ran out 2-0 winners.

Complete Record: Blackpool wins: 15, Draws: 13, Leeds wins: 16


Connections
Blackpool’s Andy Keogh came through the Leeds youth system, while Tony Warner had two loan spells with The Whites and Simon Grayson has managed both sides. Other players to play for both clubs include Paul Hart, Gareth Evans, Jason Wilcox, Ian Harte, Paul Rachubka, Stephen Crainey and Luke Varney. 

Tickets
Blackpool supporters can pay of the gate at  Leeds at no extra charge.

Adults: £34
Seniors (60+), Full-Time Students (22+) and 16-21 year olds: £23
Ambulant and wheelchair disabled: £23
Under 16s: £16

Betting
Blackpool are 12/5 to return victorious, while Leeds are at 23/20 and you can back a draw at 23/10.
David Goodwillie scored first on Tuesday and is 13/2 to do it again and Blackpool to win 1-0 is 17/2, all with Sky Bet.

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