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Opposition Report: Plymouth Argyle

10 September 2020

Blackpool get the 20/21 League One campaign underway on Saturday with a trip to Plymouth Argyle.

Plymouth, who earned promotion back to League One after claiming the third automatic spot last season, will be a tough test for the Seasiders, who will be looking to carry on their impressive form from pre-season.

Encouraging performances against Premier League opposition Liverpool and Everton will undoubtedly give Neil Critchley’s troops confidence ahead of their visit to Home Park. The Seasiders also come off the back of an EFL Trophy penalty shootout victory over Barrow AFC on Tuesday.

The Hosts

Despite the curtailment of the 19/20 season, Plymouth finished their League Two campaign in style with two defeats from their last 14 matches.

Since then, Ryan Lowe has made nine new additions, adding some experience and quality to their ranks for the upcoming season.

Ben Reeves, Lewis MacLeod and Frank Nouble have all put pen to paper on deals at Home Park. Blackpool forward Ryan Hardie also re-joined The Pilgrims in August after an initial loan spell with the Club last campaign.

Like the Seasiders, Plymouth have had a mixed run of results in their pre-season. A 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough was followed up by a 2-1 victory over Forest Green at the end of August. A five goal thriller saw them progress in the Carabao Cup after a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers, before a 3-2 defeat to Norwich City’s Under-21s on Tuesday evening.

The Manager

Ryan Lowe was appointed manager of Plymouth in June 2019, replacing Derek Adams.

Prior to his arrival, the Pilgrims were relegated after finishing 21st in League One at the end of the 18/19 season. The former Bury forward guided the Club to promotion from League Two at the first time of asking after an impressive season, in which they conceded the second least goals in the league behind Cheltenham Town.

Before joining Plymouth, Lowe was in charge of his former side Bury. The 41-year-old led the Club to automatic promotion, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy - the club’s best-ever showing in the tournament.

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