Preview: Fulham (H)
Blackpool welcome top-of-the-table Fulham to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, in a return to action after the international break.
The Cottagers, who suffered relegation from the Premier League last season, head to the north-west in fine form, having won their last five matches in all competitions. Marco Silva's side have only dropped two points from their opening five league games in a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on the opening day.
The Seasiders are yet to taste that elusive first league victory of the season heading into Saturday's game, having picked up two draws and three defeats from their opening five matches.
Although they suffered defeat last time out at Millwall, Neil Critchley's men more than matched their opponents throughout, despite being down to ten man for the majority of the game, and will be hoping to show more of the same against Fulham this weekend.
The Manager: Marco Silva
Despite being just 44 years-of-age, Marco Silva has already managed some of the biggest Clubs across Europe. The Portuguese has been in charge at the likes of Sporting Lisbon and Olympiakos, but his most recent jobs have come in England.
His first stint in England came at Hull City in 2017, before spells at Watford and Everton followed. He joined Fulham this summer, after Scott Parker left for AFC Bournemouth.
As a player, Silva never reached the higher levels of the game, though he did play for the likes of Rio Ave, Estoril and Braga B in his native Portugal.
The Key Man: Aleksander Mitrovic
Serbian international forward Aleksander Mitrovic is in his fourth season at Craven Cottage, after joining from Newcastle in 2018. After starting his career in his homeland at Partizan Belgrade, the striker has also played for Anderlecht, before his move to St James Park, where Newcastle paid a reported £13 million for his services back in 2015.
Despite his relatively young age, Mitrovic has also impressed on the international stage. He has 64 international caps to his name, and has scored an impressive 41 goals for his country so far.
Our Last Three Meetings:
• 18/04/15 – Blackpool 0 Fulham 1
• 05/11/14 – Fulham 2 Blackpool 2
• 15/01/13 – Blackpool 1 Fulham 2
Who Comes Out On Top?
There have been a remarkable 109 meetings between Blackpool and Fulham, with the first stretching back to December 1907, which the Cottagers won 3-0. Flash forward to the present day, and Blackpool come out on top with 40 wins compared to Fulham's 37, whilst there have been 32 draws between the two sides.
The Referee: John Busby
John Busby will officiate Saturday's match. His last game in charge of Blackpool came in February 2021 in a 2-0 loss to Ipswich Town.
Saturday's match day programme includes interviews with Neil Critchley, Jordan Gabriel, Angel Martinez and Jerry Yates, as well as an in-depth look at Fulham, 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.
Tickets for the match, which has been listed as a category B game, will remain on sale at the Club's ticket office up until kick-off at 3pm. Please be advised, prices on matchday are slightly increased.
Ticket prices and details can be found here.
Supporters are advised to arrive early and take their seat ahead of kick-off.
Due to a late change in the international TV broadcasting schedule, Blackpool's fixture against Fulham will now be available to watch for overseas subscribers on Tangerine TV.
If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, then you can purchase a match pass for £10 here.