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Pre-Match Brief: Derby County

21 October 2014

Look Ahead To Tonight's Game

Blackpool will look to bounce back from a disappointing result against Huddersfield when hosting Derby County this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Rams arrive at Bloomfield Road on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in The Championship, which sees them currently sit second in the table. 

Team News

The Seasiders hope to welcome back Joan Oriol and José Miguel Cubero from injury for the game, while the likes of Andrea Orlandi and Francois Zoko are pushing for returns to the starting 11. Gary MacKenzie and Steven Davies remain on the sidelines. 

Derby are expected to hand a debut to goalkeeper Jack Butland, who arrived on loan from Stoke City yesterday as cover for the injured Lee Grant. Jamie Ward misses out with a thigh problem, while late decisions will be made on Richard Keogh and Craig Bryson.  

Manager Views:

José Riga:
“It's at home, after losing one, so I expect a big reaction. We have to take the best from the worst experience at Huddersfield and have to be better the next game."

Steve McClaren:
“We have got to show a great attitude and continue what we are doing. If we don’t, Blackpool certainly have players that can punish us."

Ticket News 

Tickets are still available to purchase for the game this evening, while pre-booked tickets can be collected from the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 5pm.

1,300 Derby supporters are already set to travel to Bloomfield Road for the match, with tickets still available for away fans to purchase from the away ticket booth, outside the East Stand, from 6.15pm.

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

Kevin Wright will take charge his first Blackpool game since April 2013 this evening, having officiated a 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. He will be assisted by Anthony Backhouse and Ryan Johnson, while Rob Jones takes on fourth official duties.


Tonight's programme features interviews with Tony McMahon, Edu Oriol, Ian Evatt, Ivan Gaskell and Jeff Chandler.

You can purchase your copy from one of the sellers around the ground or from the club shop prior to kick-off, priced at £3.

Betting Odds

Blackpool are priced at 4/1 with Sky Bet to beat Derby County this evening, with The Rams available at odds of 4/6 for the victory.

Ishmael Miller is 8/1 to open the scoring at Bloomfield Road, while Tony McMahon can be backed at 9/1 to score at anytime following his free-kick on Saturday.  

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