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Match Preview: Cheltenham Town (H)

30 August 2016

Blackpool In Cup Action

Fixture | Blackpool vs Cheltenham Town
Date | 30 August 2016
Venue | Bloomfield Road

Preview
Blackpool take on Cheltenham Town in their first Checkatrade Trophy cup tie of the season on Tuesday night, where Gary Bowyer is set to cast an eye over various squad players.

The tie with be one of three group games on Pool’s hands in the coming months, with the competition, formerly known as the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, changing format this season.  

Elsewhere, Bolton Wanderers host Everton’s Under-23s in the other Northern Group A game, with Blackpool set to travel to both clubs in the autumn. 

Bowyer must start with five players who were named in the starting 11 against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday but may experiment with the other six positions. 

The tie gives The Seasiders an opportunity get back on track after Saturday’s home defeat and is their first in this competition on home soil since 2005. 

Cheltenham are newly promoted back to the EFL and have adjusted back into life at this level reasonably well, winning once and drawing three times so far. 

Recent Form
Blackpool lost their unbeaten home record at the weekend, going down 1-0 to Plymouth Argyle. They did have joy in the EFL Cup at Bloomfield Road earlier in the month however, defeating Bolton before exiting to Crystal Palace last week. 

Cheltenham won for the first time in the league this season on Saturday, as Rob Dickie and James Dayton saw off Crewe Alexandra. They’d previously lost to Doncaster Rovers and drawn with Carlisle United during a mixed start to the season. 

Team News
Blackpool's Jack Payne will be available for the fixture, with his suspension not coming into play until the weekend. Danny Philliskirk, Jamille Matt and Jack Redshaw are all expected to miss out once more. Kyle Vassell and Bright Osayi-Samuel are in contention after coming off the bench at the weekend. 

Cheltenham will be without striker Dan Holman who has broken a bone in his foot. Also out is Kyle Storer, who is serving a long-term suspension, while Russell Griffiths is unavailable for the competition, with the goalkeeper currently on loan from Everton.

The Other Ties
Bolton vs Everton U23
Bury vs Morecambe
Gillingham vs Luton
Peterborough vs Norwich U23
Accrington vs Crewe
Bradford vs Stoke U23
Bristol Rovers vs Reading U23
Charlton vs Southampton U23
Chesterfield vs Wolves U23
Coventry vs West Ham U23
Crawley vs Colchester
Fleetwood vs Blackburn U23
Leyton Orient vs Stevenage
Mansfield vs Doncaster
Millwall vs West Brom U23
MK Dons vs Barnet
Northampton vs Wycombe
Oldham vs Carlisle
Oxford vs Exeter
Plymouth vs Newport
Port Vale vs Derby U23
Scunthorpe vs Middleborough U23
Sheffield United vs Leicester U23
Shrewsbury vs Cambridge 
Southend vs Brighton U23
Walsall vs Grimsby
Wimbledon vs Swansea U23
Yeovil vs Portsmouth 

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