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Pre-Match Brief: Birmingham City

21 February 2014

Latest Info Ahead Of The Game

Barry Ferguson will be looking to get one over on his former club, as Blackpool host Birmingham City tomorrow.

The Seasiders have drawn their last two games, and are yet to be beaten at Bloomfield Road under Ferguson.

Neal Bishop is likely to return to the squad, whilst Ricardo Fuller is in contention having featured last week at Ipswich.

The visitors have drafted in Jordan Ibe on loan from Liverpool today, and he is set to make his City debut.

Neal Eardley (knee) will miss out on a return to Bloomfield Road with a long-term injury, whilst Matt Green (knee), David Murphy (knee) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) are also ruled out.

Jonathan Spector is expected to return for The Blues, whilst Mitch Hancox, Callum Reilly and Andrew Shinnie may also come into the equation, having recovered from various injuries.

Barry Ferguson: “I’m taking a Blackpool team that desperately needs three points and that’s what we’ll be going for. I’m not going to underestimate Birmingham, they’re a good team with good players, but I have a good team of players which will be right up for the game.”

Lee Clark: “Tough game, Barry’s gone in and got them playing in a new system. In his own words, Barry wants them playing more attacking football. It will be extremely tough but this week in training it’s been terrific. The response to last week’s result has been fantastic.”

Ticket News

Matchday tickets remain on sale at the ticket office to Blackpool fans with a previous purchase history for the game, with any pre-booked tickets available for collection at the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am.

Around 1,500 Birmingham supporters are expected to travel, and a limited number will be able to pay on the day from away ticket booth.

Matchday tickets are priced as follows

£25 for Adults 
£20 for Seniors 
£17 for 16-U19 
£15 for Under-16s 

Please note a £5 discount applies to the price of a members ticket and tickets in the East Stand are £1 cheaper than advertised.  

Match Officials

Andy Haines will be the referee for tomorrow’s game, assisted by Matthew Dicicco and Wayne Grunnill. Mr Haines last took charge of The Seasiders in December, when he sent off Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez in a 5-1 defeat to Derby County. On Tuesday he refereed Port Vale’s 2-0 win over Colchester. 

Up The Pool

The latest edition of Up The Pool, the club's matchday magazine, will be on sale around the ground and from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at just £3. 

Andy Keogh is the subject of our main interview for the game, while Tony McMahon and Freddy Adu also feature. Gary MacKenzie and Kirk Broadfoot go head-to-head in a quiz on sport, music, TV and film, with an opposition view on the game provided by Lee Novak. Also inside is a tribute to Sir Tom Finney, following his sad passing last week.     

Betting Odds

The Seasiders are priced at 5/4 to win the match, with Steve Davies available at odds of 6/1 to score the first goal of the game. Click here for our full betting preview. 

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