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Preview: Sunderland (A)

27 April 2021

Blackpool travel to Sunderland on Tuesday night, as the season enters the final straight of matches.

With just four matches of the Seasiders’ season remaining, a victory at the Stadium of Light could be crucial, as the side try and secure their place in the play-offs.

Blackpool’s last victory came against the Black Cats ten days ago in a 1-0 victory at Bloomfield Road. Since then, narrow defeats at the hands of Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town mean Pool are in the last play-off spot, level on points with seventh places Portsmouth but with one game in hand.

Sunderland  are in a poor run of form, having not won in their last six matches. A 3-3 home draw with Accrington Stanley on Saturday puts the Black Cats in third position – five points ahead of Blackpool, but nine points behind the automatic promotion places with three matches of their season remaining.

Team News:

Kevin Stewart is nearing a return for Blackpool, and could be in contention for a first appearance since mid-March on Tuesday evening. Keshi Anderson and Gary Madine continue their recovery and could return before the end of the season.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured a 1-0 win over Sunderland ten day ago, thanks to Luke Garbutt’s deflected strike.

The Key Player: Charlie Wyke

In what has been an electric season for Charlie Wyke, the striker has scored 30 goals in all competitions so far this season, putting him on the shortlist for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Year award.

Wyke, now in the prime of his career at 28, has also played for the likes of Bradford, Carlisle, Hartlepool and AFC Wimbledon.

Neil Critchley:

“If you’d have said six weeks ago that we would be in this position with four games to go, where it’s still in our hands, then we would have taken it.

“We’re at the business end of the season, and we’re excited. I expect Tuesday’s match to be down to fine margins, much like the reverse fixture was. You know if you’re not focused, then teams are good enough to punish you. We fell on the wrong side of that line the past few games, and there’s no better way to make amends from that than at Sunderland away.”

Watch The Match Live:

The game at the Stadium of Light 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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