Comprehensive Guide To FixtureBlackpool entertain Walsall for the first time since 2006 at Bloomfield Road tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.
The Seasiders will be looking for a first win of the season, while the visitors arrive on the back of an unbeaten start to the campaign.
Striker Jack Redshaw could be set for a return to the starting line-up after dropping down to the bench at Sheffield United last weekend, however Colin Doyle (shoulder) and John Herron (knee) once again miss out. Winger Jarrett Rivers is now back in training and a late decision will be made as to his involvement in the game.
Walsall have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, so in-form striker Tom Bradshaw will continue to lead the line with support coming from Romaine Sawyers. Andy Taylor, who had a brief loan spell with Blackpool in 2006, will start at left-back.
Neil McDonald: "I went to their game the other night against Brighton and they played very well, they're a hard working team so it's going to be a difficult game for us. We've got to exploit their weaknesses, which they have, and defend a little bit better to try and get that clean sheet."
Dean Smith: "Neil McDonald’s come in at the start of the season, and they’ve had a tough start. He’ll have seen enough so far to suggest that they can turn things around. They’ve got a lot of players who are quite capable of causing problems to any team; we’ll have to be at our best.”
Eddie Ilderton will take charge of the fixture between the two teams, having last officiated a Blackpool game when Fulham came to Bloomfield Road in April.
Kevin Mattocks and Kevin Mulraine will be running the lines, while William Smallwood is the fourth official.
More than 1,000 Walsall fans have purchased tickets in the North Stand for the game, with a further 1,000 available on the day in the East Stand for visiting supporters.
Tickets remain on sale to both sets of supporters for the match, with pre-booked tickets available for collection from the ticket booth, located just outside the ticket office, from 11am. Ticket News:
Mark Cullen fronts the cover of the third edition of Up The Pool this season and is one of two Blackpool players interviewed. Tom Aldred also features, as does Adam Chambers to give an insight from a Walsall perspective. Colin Doyle takes over column duties, while Kyle Letheren answers the questions for 'In The Spotlight'.
All this and much, much more can be found in the last Up The Pool, priced at just £3.