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Preview: Northampton (A)

30 April 2021

Blackpool could confirm their place in the play-offs on Saturday in a trip to Northampton.

A win at Sixfields coupled with defeats for both Oxford United and Charlton Athletic would ensure the Seasiders’ place in the play-offs. A victory over Northampton on Saturday would also confirm the Cobbler’s relegation to Sky Bet League Two.

Northampton come into the match having given themselves a fighting chance in their fight for survival. A convincing 3-0 victory over Ipswich Town in their last home match was backed up with a hard-fought point gained on the road in a 2-2 draw at Gillingham last weekend.

Both sides will be taking part in the social media boycott brought in across English football this weekend, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

No updates will be posted on the Club’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels from Friday at 3pm until 11:59pm on Monday evening, but supporters can still watch Saturday’s match at Sixfields by purchasing an iFollow match pass from the Club’s website.

Team News:

Kevin Stewart made a return to action in the midweek win at Sunderland, coming on as a late substitute. Keshi Anderson continues his recovery and will be monitored ahead of kick-off. Grant Ward and Sullay Kaikai will be assessed as well.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured all three points in a 2-0 win over Northampton at Bloomfield Road back in February. Marvin Ekpiteta and Jerry Yates scored to take the win.

The Key Player: Ryan Watson

The midfielder is the side’s top goalscorer this season, finding the back of the net nine times in all competitions. Signed from MK Dons on a free transfer in June 2019, Watson has made over 50 appearances for the Cobblers including  43 this season.

Neil Critchley:

“It was a great team performance and three points in our last match at Sunderland. As ever, these games come thick and fast, so that game has gone now. We’re prepared and ready for what will be a tough away match at Northampton on Saturday.”

Watch The Match Live:

The game at Sixfields is available to watch live on iFollow.

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

Kick off is 3pm.


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