Preview: Stoke City (H)
Blackpool welcome Stoke City to Bloomfield Road for a midweek Sky Bet Championship fixture on Wednesday evening.
The Seasiders welcome the Potters on the back of three straight wins, culminating in the 1-0 win at Sheffield United on Saturday which saw Neil Critchley's side temporarily rise into the play-off places.
Stoke sit in 12th place heading into the match, two points below Blackpool. Despite an impressive start to the season, Michael O'Neill's men have lost three of their last four league matches and picked up a point in their last match with Cardiff City, after being 3-0 up.
The Manager: Michael O'Neill
Michael O’Neill joined Stoke in November 2019, replacing Nathan Jones as manager at the Britannia Stadium. The 52-year-old has 15 years experience from within the dugout, starting his managerial career at Brechin City, followed by Shamrock Rovers. His most successful period though, was a nine year period in charge of his native Northern Ireland, where he guided the Green and White Army to the European Championships in 2016 - their first major tournament in 30 years.
The Key Man: Joe Allen
A central midfielder with over 300 career appearances, Joe Allen has been the linchpin in Stoke’s midfield since his reported £13 million move to the Britannia Stadium in 2016. Since that move, Allen has made over 150 appearances for Stoke. He has also played for Swansea and Liverpool, as well as gained 67 caps for Wales.
Our Last Three Meetings:
• 29/08/20 – Stoke City 0 Blackpool 0
• 30/04/11 – Blackpool 0 Stoke City 0
• 11/12/09 – Stoke City 0 Blackpool 1
Who Comes Out On Top?
Out of 72 meetings between Stoke and Blackpool, Stoke come out on top with 29 victories compared to Blackpool's 22. There have been 21 draws between the two sides.
The Referee: John Busby
Wednesday evening's match will be the second Blackpool fixture John Busby has officiated this season. He was also in charge of Blackpool's fixture with Fulham back in September.
Wednesday's match day programme includes interviews with Neil Critchley, Gary Madine, Chris Maxwell and Top Fives with Marvin Ekpiteta. There is also an extensive interview with former Pool captain Charlie Adam.
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 7:45pm. Please be advised, prices on matchday are slightly increased.
Supporters are advised to arrive early and take their seat ahead of kick-off.
If you're unable to get yourself down to Bloomfield Road for the big match, then the next best option is to watch the game on Tangerine TV, which is the only place to watch four-camera coverage of the match.
Match Passes - £10
Tonight's match falls outside of the UEFA article 48 rules, which means that, as the game is not between the hours of 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday, you can purchase a match pass to watch the four-camera stream for £10 from anywhere in the world, including the UK and Ireland.
A pass also entitles you to watch a full match replay from 12pm (UK time) the following day.
If you prefer just live commentary of the action, then live audio packages can be purchased anywhere in the world for every fixture. This does not include a stream to watch the match.
To purchase one of the packages above, please CLICK HERE.