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Preview: Fleetwood Town (A)

4 December 2020

Blackpool travel to Fleetwood Town on Saturday looking to continue an impressive run of form in recent weeks.

The Seasiders made it seven wins out of the last eight games on Tuesday evening, courtesy of a Keshi Anderson strike to beat high-flying Portsmouth 1-0 at Bloomfield Road. Coming into the game, Neil Critchley’s side have kept back-to-back clean sheets against Portsmouth and Harrogate Town, and have found the back of the net 15 times in the last six games.

Jerry Yates will be looking to add to his five goals score in all competitions so far this season. The striker last scored in the loss to Doncaster Rovers two weeks ago.

Fleetwood, meanwhile, sit in eighth place in the league table ahead of the game. Joey Barton’s side suffered defeat last time out against Northampton Town on Tuesday evening, courtesy of a second half Cian Bolger goal.

The Club boast a strong home record, having lost just one league game at Highbury so far this season, in a 1-0 loss to AFC Wimbledon back in September.

Summer signing Callum Camps is the one to watch for Fleetwood on Saturday. The former Rochdale man has scored nine goals so far this season, including a brace against both Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle in mid-November.

Just four points separate the two sides ahead of the game, with Blackpool also having a game in hand over Saturday’s opponents. The Seasiders could climb up to tenth in the League One table with a victory.

Neil Critchley:

“Our team that takes to the pitch on Saturday will be vastly different to the team that faced Fleetwood in my first game back in March.

“Fleetwood and ourselves are in good form coming into the game, so I’m sure it will be a good test for us. If you look at it on paper, there shouldn’t be much in it and it will be a hard fought game.

“We have to make sure that we’re ready and that we bring certain aspects of our play to this type of game. That is what we have emphasized to our players leading up to the game.”

Joey Barton:

“We need to bounce back from the disappointing result we had against Northampton in mid-week.

“Blackpool are on a good run of form and are winning more than they’re losing, so I think it’s two good sides who are going to come up against each other.”

Watch Live:

The match at Highbury is available to watch live on iFollow.

You can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is 3pm.


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