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Preview: Rochdale (A)

20 April 2021

Blackpool travel to relegation threatened Rochdale on Tuesday evening, looking to cement their place even further in the play-off positions with just six matches to go.

The Seasiders could go a maximum of six points clear of seventh place with a victory at the Crown Oil Arena, having not tasted defeat in 16 matches – over two months ago.

Neil Critchley’s side have picked up 16 points from a possible 18 on the road since that defeat at Ipswich Town in February, and will be hoping to continue that good run of form on Tuesday.

Rochdale are looking to produce the great escape, as the side sit five points from safety with just five matches of their season remaining.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side have given themselves hope though, winning their last two matches, both at home, against Swindon Town and Accrington Stanley.

Team News:

Daniel Gretarsson will go for a scan after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the weekend’s win over Sunderland. Neil Critchley has no fresh injury concerns.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured a 1-0 win over Rochdale in February, which kick-started the Seasiders current unbeaten run.

Sullay Kaikai’s first half strike secured the win.

The Key Player: Jimmy Keohane

The 30-year-old has been a mainstay in the Rochdale midfield this season, making 45 appearances to date. The former Exeter City, Sligo Rovers and Cork City man has been in impressive form in front of goal too lately, finding the back of the net eight times this season, including in both of Rochdale’s recent victories over Swindon Town and Accrington Stanley.

Neil Critchley:

“They’re fighting for their lives and have had two really good results at home recently. They’ve picked up and made themselves harder to beat. You’ve got to give the manager and players credit for that, and we know if we’re not prepared and that if we don’t play with passion, intensity and aggression, then we will be punished.

“There’s something at stake for both teams on Tuesday, so we’ll need to prepare for what should be a good game.”

Watch The Match Live:

The game at the Crown Oil Arena is available to watch live on iFollow.

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

Kick off is 7pm.


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