Blackpool v Burnley
13/4/13 (kick-off 3pm)
Burnley are looking up, having lost just once in seven games and all-but securing their Championship status in last weekend’s victory over Bristol City at Turf Moor last weekend.
Lancashire bragging rights are at stake as the Clarets look to complete a double over the Seasiders, following Charlie Austin’s winner in the 1-0 win at Turf Moor in October.
Pool still have work to do to secure their Championship status in a Championship relegation battle that looks set to go to the wire.
Paul Ince’s men should have enough in the tank, sitting four points clear of the trap door with five games remaining. But defeat at home to the Clarets would leave nerves jangling should results at the foot again go against them.
Last ten matches
Blackpool Star Man: Tom Ince
Son of former England midfielder, Paul, Tom Ince has come on leaps and bounds since his loan spell with his father at Notts County. After impressing at Meadow Lane, Blackpool signed the winger from Liverpool in August 2011 for an undisclosed fee. Ince scored eight goals in his first season for the Tangerines, including a goal at Wembley in the Play-off final and has improved that tally this term with 18 so far. However, he has only scored once since re-uniting with his father in February.
This season’s Championship Young Player of the Year will be looking to continue his impressive season on Saturday against the Clarets.
Last time out:
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, K Long, J Mills, K Trippier, R Wallace yellow card (D Ings, 89), D Marney yellow card, C McCann, J Stanislas, S Vokes (M Paterson yellow card, 84), C Austin
Burnley 3-1 Bristol City
Subs not used: B Jensen, D Edgar, D Lafferty, A Kacaniklic, M Bartley
Bristol City: T Heaton, M Bates, L Fontaine, B Moloney, G Cunningham, M Elliott, P Anderson, A Adomah yellow card, L Kelly (N Kilkenny, 78), S Pearson (B Howard, 84), S Davies
Subs not used: M Wilson, D Gerken, L Carey, J Wilson, R Foster Team news:
Subs not used: M Halstead, Tiago Gomes, N Eccleston
Blackpool: M Gilks, A Baptiste, N Eardley, S Crainey yellow card, I Evatt yellow card, I Osbourne, Angel, M Phillips (G Bruna, 80), G Taylor-Fletcher, N Delfouneso (L Sylvestre, 58), T Ince (N Dicko, 79)
Subs not used: D Edgar, B Jensen, C Stewart, J Mills
Burnley: L Grant, J Shackell, M Duff, B Mee yellow card, K Trippier, R Wallace, D Marney, C McCann, B Stock (M Bartley, 69), J Stanislas (M Paterson yellow card, 75), C Austin (S Vokes, 86)
Burnley 1 (Austin 19) Blackpool 0
20/10/12 Last meeting at Turf Moor
Subs not used: N Eardley, Angel, M Halstead, E Grandin
Blackpool: M Gilks, A Baptiste, G MacKenzie (C Cathcart, 53), K Broadfoot yellow card, C Basham yellow card, S Crainey, L Sylvestre, I Osbourne red card (s/o 58), M Phillips (R Harris, 85), N Delfouneso, T Ince (N Eccleston, 89)
Subs not used: S Hutchinson, D Evtimov, D Collins, G Mouss
Nottm Forest: K Darlow, E Ward, G Halford yellow card, G Jara, C Cohen, H Lansbury, A Guedioura (B Sharp, 79), R Majewski (D Blackstock, 72), A Reid (L McGugan, 66), S Cox yellow card, D Henderson yellow card Nottm Forest 1-1 Blackpool
Burnley could welcome back Ben Mee (knee) following injury. Michael Duff again misses out (calf). Pool
could have Gary MacKenzie available, despite being knocked-out against Nottingham Forest last weekend. :
Stat of the Day
Stan Ternent’s team won 2-0 with goals from Andy Payton and Glen Little.
The Clarets have won all three meetings, the last of which was in 1999 at Bloomfield Road.
Burnley and Blackpool have met three times previously on the April 13th.
“The Lancashire region is still relatively new to me, but I know how important these games are for the fans.”
“We go in good shape to a club who are battling to get as many points on the table as they can.
I’ve made it clear to the players that we want to go hard all the way in. We have spoken about it as staff and a group and we want to deliver performances and get wins.
"When you see a group of players respond like they have to two red cards in two games, it gives me great confidence that we can go places.”
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Referee: D Whitestone