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Preview: Ipswich Town (H)

9 October 2020

Blackpool are targeting their second win of the 20/21 campaign as they welcome high-flying Ipswich Town to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

The Seasiders will be hoping they can get the points their performances have merited so far this season, despite falling to a late 3-2 defeat against Lincoln City last time out. Neil Critchley’s men come off the back of a 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley in Group G of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Ipswich Town, meanwhile, will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season after winning three of their first four games. Paul Lambert, who was awarded September’s League One Manager of the Month, will be hoping his side can continue their strong form away from home. The Scots’ side have claimed four points from their first six away from home, with a victory over Bristol Rovers and a draw most recently against MK Dons.

The Tractor Boys come off the back of a comfortable 2-0 victory over Gillingham in the EFL Trophy. Armando Dobra gave the hosts the breakthrough just before the hour mark, before Ben Folami put the game beyond doubt to give Lambert’s side hope of making it out of the group stages.

Neil Critchley

“They’ve had a really strong start to the season. They’re a big club in this division, so I’m sure they’ll have aspirations of being at the top end of the table this season.

“The game will be a good test for us, it’ll give us a good barometer of where we’re going to be ourselves and our own aspirations this season. If we want to be up there at the end of the season, then we’re going to have to compete and get results against teams like Ipswich.”

Paul Lambert

“It’ll be a tough game. We have to look at our own guys and our own team regardless of who Blackpool have got. We know they’ve brought in a lot of players.

“We’ve started really well. We’ve only conceded one goal. We’re playing ever so well so I’m really happy with where we’re at. Hopefully we can go and have a good game on Saturday and try to win.”

Team News

Matty Virtue and Oli Sarkic are both doubts for Saturday’s game, with the latter picking up a hamstring injury in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy clash with Accrington Stanley. Critchley has been handed a boost this week, with Sullay Kaikai making progress in training. The Head Coach remains hopeful that the winger will make the squad and return to action.

Match Sponsors

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