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Preview: Sunderland (H)

16 April 2021

It’s fifth vs third on Saturday, as Sunderland visit Bloomfield Road for a 12:30pm kick-off.

Blackpool come into the match on an unbeaten run of 15 games, stretching back to February, with Chris Maxwell’s late penalty save against Accrington on Tuesday night keeping the record intact.

Sunderland, meanwhile, come into Saturday’s game having not won in their last three matches, suffering defeats to Charlton and Wigan in their last two.

The Black Cats are two places higher and have six more points than Blackpool coming into Saturday’s game, though the Seasiders do have a game in hand. Blackpool are three points off of seventh place, whilst Sunderland are five points off of the automatic promotion spaces.

Team News:

Elliot Embleton is unavailable for the game, as he is not eligible to play against his parent Club. There are no fresh injury concerns for the Seasiders.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured a point on the road against Sunderland in December 2019, thanks to Matty Virtue’s early strike.

The Key Player: Charlie Wyke

28-year-old Charlie Wyke is League One’s second highest goal scorer this season. The striker is on 28 goals in all competitions, including 23 league goals to his name. Wyke counts Carlisle United, Bradford City and Middlesbrough as some of his former clubs.

Neil Critchley:

“We know a lot about Sunderland and what to expect, despite not having played them yet this season. It’s an unusual situation having to play them both home and away in the final seven matches, but we’re in good form and looking forward to the game.”


Thanks to both Visit Blackpool and FTS, who are the virtual match and ball sponsors for Saturday’s game.

Watch The Match Live:

The game at Bloomfield Road is available to watch live on iFollow.

Season ticket holders will be able to watch the fixture automatically through iFollow.

Non-season ticket holders can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off is 12:30pm.

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