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Preview: Crewe Alexandra (H)

2 March 2021

Blackpool welcome Crewe Alexandra to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening, looking to continue their rich vein of form.

The Seasiders are the form side in Sky Bet League One heading into the game, winning their last three league games, having also not conceded a goal since the defeat at Ipswich Town at the start of last month.

Neil Critchley’s side also boast a strong home record, with six victories from their last seven league games at Bloomfield Road. You have to go back to October since Blackpool last lost a league match on home turf, in a narrow 1-0 loss to Charlton.

The Seasiders made amends at the weekend for that home defeat to the Addicks, dispatching Charlton by three goals to nil in their own backyard, thanks to a brace from Jerry Yates and a long-range strike from Matty Virtue.

Crewe, meanwhile, have impressed this season and are fighting to make the play-offs come the end of the campaign. The Railwaymen sit 11th in the league table – two places and one point above Blackpool, though the Seasiders do have four games in hand.

Team News:

Daniel Gretarsson and Gary Madine continue their recovery from long-term injuries. James Husband will be assessed ahead of the game after pulling up with an injury in the warm-up at Charlton Athletic.

Last Time We Met:

Blackpool secured a point at Gresty Road in the reverse fixture back in October. Mikael Mandron gave Crewe the lead before Grant Ward’s first goal for the Club secured a point on the road.

The Key Player: Oliver Finney

With eight goals to his name from a midfield position already this season, 23-year-old Oliver Finney has impressed for David Artell’s side this season. A product of their Academy to have progressed into the first-team, Finney is a staple of the Crewe side and scored crucial goals this season including a 90th minute winner at AFC Wimbledon back in December.

Neil Critchley:

“The fact that Crewe gained promotion so well last season and are now competing in this division is a real testament to how well David Artell and his coaching staff have done at the Club.

“The players have adapted well to playing at League One level and they’ve had two excellent results lately in beating Accrington and drawing with Sunderland, so it shows the ability that Crewe have within their squad.”


Thanks to tonight’s match sponsors, FTS Merit and ball sponsors, Puma.

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 7pm.

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