Preview Saturday's Derby
Ewood ParkBlackpool will turn their attention to a Lancashire derby to cure their travel sickness this weekend, as Lee Clark's side begin a busy week with the short trip to Blackburn Rovers.
Saturday 21 February 2015
Blackburn Rovers Vs Blackpool
Still without an away victory this season, The Seasiders travel to Blackburn, and then Brentford on Tuesday, knowing how vital a positive points return would be.
Spirits will certainly have improved after last weekend's breathless second half against Nottingham Forest, when Pool struck late to claim a point.
Clark's side are 10 points from safety, and the same gap separates Blackburn and a play-off spot, with the club juggling an FA Cup run and a promotion push.
But on Saturday The Seasiders will focus on themselves, and hope to claim a first Ewood Park victory since 1977.
Blackpool will be without injured duo Andrea Orlandi and Darren O'Dea for the trip, after they sustained injuries during last weekend's thriller. Meanwhile Nyron Nosworthy's training has been disturbed due to illness and Niall Maher has been suffering with a tight hamstring, so the two are doubts.
Jason Lowe will miss out for the hosts, after the midfielder was ruled out for the remainder of the season. Ben Marshall and David Dunn will also be unavailable, while former Seasider Luke Varney joined Ipswich Town on Friday, so won't feature.
In The Build-Up
David Ferguson headed a late equaliser for Blackpool last time out to ensure the Forest clash finished 4-4. Pool's last away trip resulted in a 4-0 loss at Norwich City a fortnight ago.
As for Blackburn, they returned from Cardiff City with a point on Tuesday evening, as Rudy Gestede scored late, while they beat Stoke City in the FA Cup at Ewood Park last weekend.
Rovers won the corresponding fixture earlier in the season, as Gestede scored twice at Bloomfield Road. At Ewood Park last season Blackburn won 2-0 on a disappointing afternoon for Pool.
Around The Championship
Wigan Athletic face Charlton Athletic on Friday night, while Millwall host Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
Brighton & Hove Albion host Birmingham City and Rotherham United face Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Wigan v Charlton (Friday 19:45)
Middlesbrough v Leeds (Saturday 12:15)
Brentford v Bournemouth
Brighton v Birmingham
Derby v Sheffield Wednesday
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Ipswich v Reading
Millwall v Fulham
Nottingham Forest v Bolton
Watford v Norwich
Wolves v Rotherham