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Big Preview: Blackburn

31 January 2014

Looking ahead to tomorrow's game

Barry Ferguson’s baptism of fire as Blackpool’s stand-in manager continues with a Lancashire derby at Ewood Park tomorrow.

Fresh after the transfer deadline day, where the Scot brought in three new players, he will now focus on taking maximum points from Blackburn.

Stephen Dobbie, Andy Keogh and Faris Haroun may well go straight into the action, as Ferguson looks for a reaction to Tuesday’s heavy defeat at Reading. 

Blackburn will provide a stern test for Pool, they sit on the edge of the play-offs, but their inconsistency continues.

Gary Bowyer’s side have drawn their last two, but are boosted by the signing of Cardiff winger Craig Conway and the retention of Jordan Rhodes. 

The Seasiders have now gone 12 games without a victory, and there will be no better place to end that run than in a Lancashire derby.

Team news

Gary MacKenzie is expected to return to the Blackpool side, providing he came through two days of training unscathed. However, Ricardo Fuller, Neal Bishop, Tom Barkhuizen and Bobby Grant will again miss out. 

As for Rovers, Lee Williamson is a doubt for the game, after suffering concussion at Barnsley. They will also be without Ben Marshall, Dickson Etuhu and Corry Evans though injury. 

Recent form

Last time out Blackpool were heavily beaten at Reading, but that came on the back of a hard-fought draw with Doncaster. Over the last 12 games The Seasiders have taken just two points, so are due a result. 
Last Six: LDLLLL

Blackburn have lost just one of their last five games, but are winless in three. The mid-week draw at Barnsley came on the back of a draw at Derby and a defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Last six: DDLWWL

Head-to-head

Earlier in the season both sides finished with ten men, as tempers boiled in the 2-2 draw. The pair were tied at Ewood Park last season too, drawing 1-1, whilst Blackpool won at Bloomfield Road in 2012.

Complete record: Blackpool wins: 21 – Draws: 15 – Blackburn wins: 15


Connections

Barry Ferguson spent 18 months at Blackburn earlier in his career, whilst DJ Campbell has played for both clubs.

Those that have also played for both include Bradley Orr, Ben Burgess, Alan Ainscow, Alan Wright, Simon Grayson, Colin Hendry and Matt Derbyshire.

Tickets

Supporters can pay on the day at Ewood Park.

Prices: £25 Adults - £15 Senior Citizens (65 and over) - £7 Juniors (15 and under)

Betting

Blackpool can be backed at 7/2, a draw is 11/4 and a Blackburn win is 8/11.

Steve Davies scored at Reading, and can be backed to score first at 7/1.

Other fixtures

QPR v Burnley (12:15ko)
Birmingham v Derby
Bournemouth v Leicester
Doncaster v Middlesbrough
Ipswich v Bolton
Leeds v Huddersfield
Millwall v Reading
Sheff Wed v Barnsley
Wigan v Charlton


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