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Three points against champions-elect Wigan Athletic are imperative if Blackpool are to give themselves a fighting chance of playing League One football again next season.
The Seasiders have two games to save themselves, and although six points wouldn’t guarantee safety, it would pile the pressure on the four teams around them.
Neil McDonald’s men know how to beat Wigan, having left the DW Stadium with maximum points back in December, and a third double of the season is now needed.
Wigan are all but promoted, with their superior goal difference putting them realistically out of the reach of Walsall in third place.
Victory over The Seasiders, coupled with dropped points by Burton Albion, would make them uncatchable at the top of League One.
McDonald has just Henry Cameron out of action, but will have tough decisions to make regarding his starting line-up, with the likes of Brad Potts and Jacob Blyth missing out last week.
Wigan welcome back Ryan Colclough, who joins a fully-fit squad. Former Seasiders Donervon Daniels, David Perkins and Michael Jacobs are all likely to feature at Bloomfield Road.
McDonald: “We've worked extremely hard and we'll continue to do that for the final two games. If we get the results then I'm sure and convinced that we'll be safe. We have to make sure that we get a result and put the pressure on the teams that are playing after us, and Fleetwood on Monday.”
Wigan’s vice-captain Jason Pearce: “It’s not going to be easy; Blackpool are fighting to stay in the league and will probably feel they need to win the game if they’re going to stand a chance of staying up. We have a style the gaffer wants us to play and we want to play, but we have to adapt to tough conditions and I think we have shown an ability to do that over the course of this season.”
Stuart Atwell is in charge of the fixture, which will be his first involving Blackpool since March 2015. He’ll be assisted by Ricky Wooton and Iain Siddall. The fourth official will be Jason Whiteley.
We hear from Mark Cullen and Tom Aldred inside tomorrow’s Up The Pool, with the pair issuing rallying calls to The Seasiders. Elsewhere, Danny Philliskirk discusses the top six moments of his career, while we also hear from McDonald and Liam Smith.