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Preview: Northampton Town (H)

2 February 2021

Blackpool host Northampton Town on Tuesday evening in the first league match at Bloomfield Road of 2021.

The Seasiders come into the match on the back of an emphatic 5-0 victory at Wigan Athletic last time out – the first time Blackpool have scored five goals since a victory over Bradford City by the same scoreline in April 2018.

With only three league matches played so far this calendar year due to postponed matches, Blackpool come into Tuesday’s night’s fixture in 15th place – nine points off of the play-offs, though they do have games in hand over many of the sides in the division.

Northampton gained promotion to League One in the summer, defeating Exeter City 4-0 in the League Two Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. Since their promotion, Keith Curle’s side have struggled for consistency, and sit just outside the relegation zone by a single point.

Despite their lowly league position, the Cobblers have picked up six victories so far this season, including three away wins. Keith Curle’s side have defeated the likes of Gillingham, Wigan Athletic and Fleetwood Town this campaign.

Team News:

Blackpool could be boosted by the return of several players from self-isolation, following recent positive coronavirus tests. Long term absentees Keshi and Anderson and CJ Hamilton remain sidelined.

Mickel Miller, Jack Sowerby and Alan Sheehan are likely to be missing for Northampton.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool scored three goals to secure all three points in a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the Cobblers at Bloomfield Road in April 2018.

Armand Gnanduillet, Sean Longstaff and Jimmy Ryan’s goals secured the win, with Northampton not picking up anything from Bloomfield Road since a 2-1 win back in March 2002.

The Key Player: Sam Hoskins

Sam Hoskins is one of Northampton’s longest serving players, having joined the Cobblers in August 2015 from Barnet. Since his move, the 27-year-old has made more than 200 appearances, scoring 36 goals in the process.

Hoskins is the Club’s top scorer so far this season, along with Harry Smith, who have four goals each.

Neil Critchley:

“Northampton did exceptionally well last season to get promoted at Wembley Stadium. Keith Curle has done a magnificent job in his time there, and has brought that into League One this season.

“We’re at home though, and it’s up to us to impose our game on them as we look to gain another three point to our tally.”

Keith Curle:

“We’ve got 23 cup finals to play and we are looking forward to every single one of them.

“Every point that is available we are going to compete for. You can’t pick and choose your games and we are going to give it absolutely everything in these 23 games.”

Watch The Match Live:

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

Season ticket holders will simply be able to login to iFollow, and watch the match.

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

Match passes purchased for the postponed fixture from 19th January 2021 will automatically move over to tonight’s match.

Kick off for the game is 7pm.

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