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Big Preview: Wigan Athletic

25 April 2014

DW Stadium - Saturday 3PM

If Blackpool are to enter the final round of fixtures next week with their fate in their own hands, they’ll need to claim a result at the DW Stadium tomorrow. 

A packed away end will only aid the cause, and all in tangerine will take heart from a gutsy performance at Brighton, as Pool's fight for survival approaches a conclusion.

It is Blackpool’s final away game of the season, and after ending a run of four straight defeats at The Amex, they’ll be looking to pull themselves the right side of the relegation line before the season finale.

Wigan can cement their play-off spot with victory at the DW Stadium tomorrow, as they look to cap another remarkable season with promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Latics have a game in hand on all their closest rivals and are four points ahead of Brighton in seventh, so will be gearing themselves up for a season extension. 

With both sides having plenty to play for, entertainment is likely to be in abundance, and with Blackpool already taking a point from one play-off chasing side this week, they’ll be looking to repeat the trick.

Team News
Blackpool have no new injury concerns ahead of the trip to Wigan, so they are likely to be without Kirk Broadfoot, Gary MacKenzie, Jack Robinson, Ricardo Fuller, Robert Earnshaw and Steven Davies. 

Ben Watson and Chris McCann remain out for Wigan, who have Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman back in contention. 

Recent Form
Blackpool ended a run of four straight defeats on Monday when they drew at Brighton. The Seasiders’ last victory came in March against Huddersfield, but they lost to Leeds and Burnley before the trip to The Amex.
Last Five: LLLLD

After a solid March, Wigan’s form has become inconsistent, victories over Leeds and Reading have come on home soil in recent weeks. Those results have been in between losses to Millwall and Burnley, but they’ve won just two of their last seven matches. 
Last Five: DWLWL

Head-To-Head
Blackpool beat Wigan when the two sides met at Bloomfield Road in October, when Thomas Ince’s penalty proved the difference. The last meeting at the DW Stadium was Blackpool’s first Premier League match, when they ran out 4-0 victors. 

Complete Record: Blackpool Wins: 11, Draws: 9, Wigan Wins: 14

Connections
Former Blackpool left back Stephen Crainey is now at Wigan, while Latics winger Callum McManaman had a loan spell with Pool during the 2011/12 season. Nouha Dicko had spells with both clubs, as have Richard Kingston, Michael Flynn, Colin Mathven and Colin Greenall. 

Tickets
Tickets go off sale at 4PM on Friday for Blackpool supporters. They are priced as follows: Adults: £20, £15 Concessions (Over-65s & 16-21 years) and £10 Under-16s.

Betting
Blackpool are 6/1 to win at the DW Stadium, while a draw is at 3/1 and a Wigan win is 1/2 with Sky Bet.

Stephen Dobbie netted for Blackpool last time out and he is 12/1 to score first tomorrow, while Blackpool are at 16/1 to win 1-0.

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


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