Preview: Sunderland (H)

Blackpool welcome Sunderland to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Seasiders come into the fixture on the back of an impressive performance at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, where the side fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a point. Despite not picking up a league win just yet, Neil Critchley's men dispatched Middlesbrough comfortably 3-0 in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

Sunderland, meanwhile, have won three of their opening four League One matches, and sit in fifth position in the league table. The Black Cats avoided a potential cup upset in the first round of tonight's competition, getting past League Two's Port Vale by two goals to one.

The Seasiders will reach the third round of the competition for the first time since 2018 with victory over Sunderland, who haven't beaten Blackpool in four attempts.

The Manager: Lee Johnson

40-year-old Lee Johnson has been in charge at Sunderland since December 2020 after taking over from Phil Parkinson. He guided the Black Cats to EFL Trophy success last season, defeating Tranmere Rovers in the Wembley Final.

Despite his young age, Johnson has racked up over 400 games as a manager, starting out at Oldham Athletic in 2013, before enjoying successful periods at Barnsley and Bristol City.
Johnson enjoyed success as a player too, representing the likes of Yeovil, Bristol City, Heart and Kilmarnock.

The Key Man: Elliot Embleton
A player Blackpool fans will know well, Elliot Embleton spent the second half of last season on loan at Bloomfield Road, playing a key part in the side’s promotion to the Championship.

A boyhood Sunderland fan, the 22-year-old came through the ranks at the Stadium of Light to go on and represent the first-team. 

Our Last Three Meetings:
• 27/04/21 – Sunderland 0 Blackpool 1
• 17/04/21 – Blackpool 1 Sunderland 0
• 17/12/19 – Sunderland 1 Blackpool 1

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool have met Sunderland 63 times in their history, winning 19 times. Sunderland have won 26 times, with there being 18 draws between the two sides. The first ever meeting came in 1930, which Blackpool won 4-2.

Sponsors
The Club would like to thanks Match Sponsors, Visit Blackpool and Ball Sponsors, Utility Team for their continued support.

The Referee: Peter Wright
Peter Wright will be taking charge of Tuesday's match. His last game officiating Blackpool came at the back end of last season in a 3-0 win at Northampton Town.

Match Programme
Tuesday night's match day programme includes interviews with Neil Critchley, Chris Maxwell and Marvin Ekpiteta, as well as an in-depth look at Coventry City, plus much more.

You can purchase a copy of the match day programme both online and in-store.

Download a copy to your iPhone or Android device via the Matchday Digital App. For more information on Matchday Digital, take a look here.

You can also purchase a printed copy from the Club Shop.

Admission:
Tickets for the match will remain on sale at the Club's ticket office up until kick-off at 7:45pm.

Ticket prices are as follows:
£15 for Adults
£10 for Seniors (65+)
£5 for Under-18s

Those who aren't attending can purchase an audio pass to listen to all of the action for £4.50 per month.

For more information on Tangerine TV, please visit here.

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