Match Preview: Bristol City (A)
Blackpool make their long-awaited return to the Championship on Saturday with an opening day trip to Bristol City.
The Seasiders haven't played a match in English football's second tier since 2015, but made history by securing promotion at Wembley back in May. Fast forward ten weeks on, and Neil Critchley's men will head to Ashton Gate for the first time since 2012 this weekend, looking to begin their return to the Championship with a bang.
By contrast, this will be the seventh consecutive season Saturday's hosts have competed in the Championship since their League One winning campaign in 2014/15.
Since then, Bristol City have enjoyed successful seasons, finishing in comfortable mid-table positions, though did find themselves in a relegation fight last season, ultimately finishing 19th.
The Manager: Nigel Pearson
57-year-old Nigel Pearson is vastly experienced from the dugout, having taken up his first managerial role at Carlisle back in 1998. 23 year on, and Pearson has managed the likes of Southampton, Leicester City and Hull City.
He joined Bristol City back in February of this year in an effort to ensure Championship survival, which he ultimately succeeded in.
The Key Man: Andreas Weimann
The Austrian frontman who has 14 international caps to his name has been a Robin for three years, signing from Derby County in 2018. The 29-year-old has scored 21 league goals for Bristol City so far during his time at Ashton Gate. Weimann also counts Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford on his list of former clubs.
Our Last Three Meetings:
March 2013 - Blackpool 0 Bristol City 0
November 2012 - Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1
February 2012 - Bristol City 1 Blackpool 3
Who Comes Out On Top?
The sides have met 95 times throughout their history. Bristol City just come out on top, having won 36 meetings compared to Blackpool's 32. There have been 27 draws between the two sides.
We've Met Before: Taylor Moore
24-year-old Taylor Moore joined Blackpool in January 2020 on a loan deal until the end of the season. Despite playing just eight games for the Seasiders due to the season's curtailment in March of that year, Moore became a fan's favourite.
Tickets for Saturday's match are now off sale, with the match all-ticket and no tickets available on the day. However, Blackpool supporters across the world can purchase an audio match pass to listen to Saturday's action . Overseas supporters can also purchase a match pass to watch the game.