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Preview: Hull City (A)

15 January 2021

Blackpool travel to Hull City this weekend in a return to Sky Bet League One action.

The Seasiders progressed into the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, defeating Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on penalties, and will be hoping to take that feel-good factor into Saturday’s match at the KCOM Stadium.

Neil Critchley’s men have played just three league matches since Hull’s visit to Bloomfield Road in mid-December, and will be looking to bounce back after suffering two narrow defeats in the league before the victory over West Brom.

Hull, meanwhile, have won just one match in the previous six league games, defeating Charlton Athletic 2-0 at the KCOM Stadium in their first match of the New Year. An impressive comeback win over Fleetwood Town on Tuesday evening, though, secured victory in the Papa John’s Trophy, with Hull coming back from 2-0 down with 12 minutes to go to win the match 3-2 and progress into the next round.

Hull have made two new additions to their squad this week, with the signings of Jordan Flores and Gavin Whyte. Both players could make their debuts in this weekend’s match.

Blackpool will be without the injured CJ Hamilton, Daniel Gretarsson and Keshi Anderson for the match. Grant Ward, Dan Ballard and Luke Garbutt could feature, having recovered from recent knocks. Cameron Antwi has returned from his loan spell at Southport FC.

Coming into Saturday’s fixture, Hull sit in second place in the Sky Bet League One table, five points clear of the final play-off place. Blackpool are 13th with six points between them and the play-off picture.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured all three points in dramatic fashion in the reverse fixture at Bloomfield Road in December.

CJ Hamilton’s 90th minute winner stole the win, with Jerry Yates and Keshi Anderson also finding the back of the net in the 3-2 win.

The Seasiders secured all three points in the last visit to the KCOM Stadium, all the way back in 2012, courtesy of a Nouha Dicko overhead kick to secure the win in a 3-2 victory.

Neil Critchley:

“We played very well and deserved to win in the game at Bloomfield Road last month. I thought Hull showed their qualities in that match.

“They’re a strong team with good players and they’re the home side so we know it will be a really tough test for us.”

Grant McCann:

“We’re pleased to have brought in Gavin Whyte and Jordan Flores. We wanted to strengthen the squad in this window, and they should have a good effect on our squad.”

Watch The Match Live:

The match at the KCOM Stadium is available to watch live on iFollow.

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

Kick off for the game is 3pm.


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