Back On Home Soil
After taking just one point from the previous three February fixtures, Blackpool will look to end the month on a high and move away from the League One relegation zone this weekend.
The Seasiders welcome a Bradford City side honing in on the play-offs but Pool will hope to return to form with an eighth win of the campaign at Bloomfield Road.
Last week Neil McDonald’s men were unlucky to finish on the losing side, despite scoring twice against Swindon Town, while Bradford twice came from behind to take a point off Rochdale.
The Bantams sit four points adrift of the top six but are unbeaten have taken seven points from the last nine available and have hit eight goals in those matches.
Blackpool will hope to have Uche Ikpeazu back after he missed last week’s fixture with a groin problem.
Bradford’s James Hanson has been declared fit after being withdrawn early during last week’s draw. Josh Cullen is also back to fitness, while James Meredith and Lee Evans have shrugged off illnesses.
McDonald: “We must try and put the points on as quick as we can, knowing that we've got a very busy month next month with seven games coming thick and fast against some of the teams around us.”
Phil Parkinson: “Blackpool have had some good results at home recently against Scunthorpe United, Gillingham and Sheffield United so we know what they are capable of. We must roll our sleeves up for this fixture, really attack it, and hopefully we can start another important week in the right manner.”
Michael Bull will be in the middle for Saturday’s clash, which will be his first Blackpool fixture. He’ll be assisted by Simon Clayton and Kevin Mattocks at Bloomfield Road.
Henry Cameron and Uche Ikpeazu provide the main interviews inside Saturday’s edition of Up The Pool. We also hear from Mark Yeates, Jack Redshaw and Neil McDonald inside, while Tony McMahon provides the away perspective.