Preview: AFC Bournemouth (A)

Blackpool make their longest trip of the season on Saturday, as they make the journey to the south coast to take on AFC Bournemouth.

The Seasiders are chasing that elusive first win of the season, having picked up a single point from their opening three matches on their return to the Championship. Tuesday night's narrow home defeat to Coventry left Neil Critchley's men in 21st place at this very early stage of the season.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, have started the season in impressive fashion. The Cherries have won their last two matches at both Birmingham and Nottingham Forest, after a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion on the opening day.

The Manager: Scott Parker
An England international during his playing days, Scott Parker has had a successful start to his managerial career. The 40-year-old enjoyed an impressive two years in charge at his first Club, Fulham, guiding the side to the Premier League in his first season in charge.

A year managing in the Premier League last season culminated in relegation back to the Championship, with Parker moving to pastures new to Bournemouth at the start of this season.

As a player, Parker gained 18 international caps for England, as well as playing for the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham.

The Key Man: David Brooks
24-year-old David Brooks joined Bournemouth in 2018 for an £11.5 million fee from Sheffield United. A winger by trade, Brooks has made over 70 league appearances for Bournemouth since his move 

Our Last Three Meetings:
14/03/15 - Bournemouth 4 Blackpool 0
20/12/14 - Blackpool 1 Bournemouth 6
08/03/14 - Blackpool 0 Bournemouth 1

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool come out on top, having won 17 of the 41 meetings between the two sides. Bournemouth have won 14, with there being ten draws. The first meeting between Bournemouth and Blackpool was on the south coast in 1972 in a League Cup tie. The Seasiders came out with a 2-0 win.

The Referee:
Stephen Martin will officiate the match on Saturday. He last took charge of a Blackpool match in November 2019 in a 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town.

Tickets are on sale in the Club's ticket office until 4pm on Friday, at which point they will go off sale. There will be no pay on the gate available at the Vitality Stadium.

Those who aren't attending can purchase a Tangerine TV audio match pass to listen to Saturday's action. Overseas supporters can also purchase a match pass to watch the game.

For more information on Tangerine TV, please visit here.

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