FA Cup takes centre stage
Blackpool will hope the FA Cup will provide a welcome relief from their faltering league form when they travel to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
Over 1,500 Pool supporters are set to make the short trip for the Lancashire derby, and will hope to forget about the last seven games, which have wielded just one league point.
Bolton themselves are struggling, and have won just twice at The Reebok Stadium this season. They sit just four places above the bottom four, so will also welcome the distraction.
Dougie Freedman’s men left it late to claim a point with Middlesbrough last time out, but at the same time Pool were losing at Sheffield Wednesday.
Paul Ince will be without a host of loanees who have returned to their parent clubs, but should be able to name a strong side for the cup tie still.
After suffering heartbreak at the hands of Fulham last season, Blackpool will be keen for a cup run, starting with a victory against the team they beat in the final way back in 1953.
Chris Basham will return to the Blackpool squad after he complete a one-game ban against Sheffield Wednesday.
Kirk Broadfoot remains suspended, whilst Isaiah Osbourne and Bobby Grant will again sit out injured.
The Seasiders will also be without a host of loan players including Dan Gosling and Nathan Delfouneso, who have returned to their parent clubs.
For Bolton, they'll have Neil Danns available after the former-Pool man renewed his loan from Leicester today. However, Joe Mason and Jan Gregus will be unavailable, after their loan spells ended.
Blackpool have gone seven games without a victory, and have picked up just one point in that time, so will be grateful for the distraction. Last time out they were beaten 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday on New Year's Day.
Last six: LDLLLL
Bolton have won two of their last six, against struggling Doncaster and Barnsley. Inconsistency has been a problem and they left it late to claim a point from Middlesbrough last time out.
Last six: DLWDLW
The pair drew 0-0 when they met in league action at Bloomfield Road, and they were also tied at The Reebok Stadium for the final game of last season. The 2-2 draw denied Bolton a place in the play-offs, with Matt Phillips and Ludovic Sylvestre on target for Paul Ince's men.
Complete Record: Blackpool wins: 31. Draws: 27. Bolton wins: 37
Along with Neil Danns, Alex Baptiste is also in the Bolton squad following his summer move from Bloomfield Road. Chris Basham is a former Trotter, as is James Caton.
Other players who’ve played for both side include Dave Hatton, Scott Taylor, Paul Warhurst, Jeff Chandler and Paul Jones.
Blackpool supporters can pay on the gate tomorrow using turnstile F.
Prices: £15 Adult, £5 seniors and under-23s
Blackpool can be backed for victory at 12/5, whilst Ricardo Fuller is at 6/1 to score first.
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