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Big Preview: Watford

28 February 2014

Look Ahead To Saturday's Clash

Unbeaten in their last seven encounters with Watford, Blackpool will hope to preserve that record and return to winning ways at Vicarage Road this weekend. 

The Seasiders claimed a 1-0 win over The Hornets back in August at Bloomfield Road and will want to build on that performance, in an attempt to do the double.

Blackpool are without a win in their last 15 Championship games, while Watford sit mid-table after suffering their first loss in seven games against Bolton last weekend.

Team News

Giuseppe Sannino’s men have added former Blackburn and Everton defender Lucas Neill on loan for the rest of the season.

Blackpool have brought in Wolves right-back Kevin Foley on loan and he will go into the squad for Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, Ricardo Fuller is nearing full fitness and may be in contention for a starting place after coming on as a substitute in the last two games.

Recent Form

Blackpool’s run without a league win extended to 15 games after the Birmingham defeat, which came after two successive draws against Nottingham Forest and Ipswich.

LAST SIX: DLLDDL

Defeat at Bolton last time out ended a run of impressive form, which featured wins over Brighton, Birmingham and Middlesbrough and a draw with league leaders Leicester.

LAST SIX: WDWWDL

Head to Head

The Seasiders’ 1-0 win over Watford in August was part of Blackpool’s six-game unbeaten run at the start of the season. An 81st minute winner from Thomas Ince secured the win on that occasion. Last March, two goals in the last 15 minutes from Ince and Gary MacKenzie saw Blackpool come from behind to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Complete Record: Blackpool wins: 7 – Draws: 9 – Watford: 5

Connections

Kevin Phillips has played for both Watford and Blackpool during his illustrious career. Other players to have represented both clubs include Keith Mercer, Danny Shittu, Hameur Bouazza, David Bardsley and current Blackpool striker Michael Chopra.

Tickets

Tickets have now gone off sale at the ticket office but supporters can pay cash only on the day. There is no price increase.

Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 18/5 to win on Saturday with SkyBet, who list Watford 3/4 and a draw at 13/5.

Steve Davies can be backed at 7/1 to be first goalscorer, while Stephen Dobbie is available at 11/1.

Other Fixtures

QPR V Leeds
Bolton v Blackburn
Nottingham Forest v Wigan
Ipswich v Birmingham
Leicester v Charlton
Burnley v Derby
Bournemouth v Doncaster
Huddersfield v Barnsley
Millwall v Brighton
Reading v Yeovil
Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough


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