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The Match: Cardiff City (A)

24 April 2015

Preview Pool's Final Away Game

Cardiff City vs Blackpool
Cardiff City Stadium
25 April 2015

Blackpool's away form this season has reflected the campaign as a whole, as Lee Clark's men go in search of a first win on the road with their final attempt at Cardiff City this weekend.

It's the penultimate game of the season, but with The Seasiders already relegated and Cardiff set for a mid-table finish, there is little riding on the result. 

Without a victory since January, but having produced improved performances in the main recently, Pool have two games remaining to ensure they better the division's record lowest points total of 26.

The first opportunity comes against a Cardiff side who'll be disappointed not to be involved in the promotion chase, having been relegated from the Premier League a year ago.

Currently sat in 14th in The Championship, a top half finish will be the target for Russell Slade's side, with their season being plagued by inconsistency for the entirety. 

Team News
Miles Addison may come back into contention, after missing the last month through injury. Tom Barkhuizen won't make the trip however, while Clark will assess a number of other niggles to his players.

As for Cardiff, they could welcome back Kagisho Dikgacoi and Ben Turner from injury, but Federico Macheda and Alex Revell are again expected to miss out. Former Pool loanee Stuart O'Keefe could face The Seasiders, should he be selected. 

In The Build-Up
Blackpool were narrowly beaten by Fulham last time out, after they failed to turn possession into goals. A 4-0 hammering at Derby County had come before, as had a 3-2 defeat to Ipswich Town a fortnight ago.

With their season effectively over, Cardiff appear to have taken their foot off the gas, with a 0-0 draw at home to Millwall reflecting that. Previously they'd been beaten at Ipswich, but saw off Leeds at Elland Road.

Previous Meetings
Saturday's game provides Blackpool with their only remaining hope of completing a league double this season, after Pool beat Cardiff at Bloomfield Road in October. Their last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium resulted in a 3-0 defeat, however The Seasiders did win there in 2012.

Around The Championship
Depending on the result of Rotherham United's potential points deduction, Millwall and Wigan Athletic's fate could be sealed on Saturday. 

Wigan host Wolves, while Derby Country travel to The Den. Rotherham meet Norwich City, a game which could have implications at both ends of the division. 

Brighton vs Watford
Sheff Wed vs Leeds
Birmingham vs Charlton
Fulham vs Middlesbrough
Huddersfield vs Blackburn
Ipswich vs Nottm Forest
Millwall vs Derby
Reading vs Brentford
Rotherham vs Norwich
Wigan vs Wolves
Bournemouth vs Bolton (Monday 19:45)

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