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PREVIEW | Blackpool (A)

24 August 2018

Accrington Stanley visit the seaside this bank holiday weekend but the focus will be on football when they face Blackpool in League One tomorrow.

Stanley are undefeated against Blackpool in the league, having only faced the Seasiders twice previously, winning one and drawing the other in the 2016/17 League Two campaign.

Blackpool won the most recent clash between the two sides, running out 2-1 winners at the Wham Stadium in last season's EFL Trophy.

The Reds have won each of their last 23 league matches in which they've gone ahead since being beaten 3-2 at Stevenage in October 2017.

After his double against Oxford on Tuesday evening, Billy Kee has scored 60 goals in all competitions for Stanley since the start of the 2015/16 season.

Blackpool have only failed to score in one of their last 23 home matches in all competitions, a goalless draw with Bristol Rovers in January.

 

Ticket News

Stanley have been allocated 1029 tickets for the trip to Bloomfield Road, priced as follows:

Adults - £22

Seniors (Over 60) - £18

Under 18 - £10

Under 11 - Free (with an adult/senior)

Stanley supporters can buy tickets on the day from 1.30pm. Tickets will be cash only and can be purchased from the green booth which is located near the away turnstiles.

Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time to travel, as traffic is expected to be very heavy on the day and strike action will disrupt Northern Rail train services.

Team News

John Coleman hopes to a fully fit squad to choose from, although defender Nick Anderton is unavailable to play against his parent club.

New signing Michael Ikiehwe could feature after joining on loan from Rotherham.

"We know that Blackpool have got good players and, like most teams in this league, they can pose you problems, so we've got to come up with a way to counter those problems," said the boss.

"It was a shock with Gary Bowyer going so early but the caretaker manager, Terry McPhillips, is a really good friend of mine. He's a great footballing person, a great character, who knows the game inside out so I'm expecting a tough game."

Interim manager McPhillips made seven changes to the Blackpool team that beat Coventry 2-0 in midweek, and could make more with new signing Liam Feeney available, and Jimmy Ryan and Ryan McLaughlin returning to training this week.

Match Officials

Referee – Lee Mason

Assistant Referee 1 – Matt Wilkes

Assistant Referee 2 – Derek Eaton

Fourth Official – John Brooks


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