Blackpool v Burnley
18/4/14 (kick-off 5.15pm)
Burnley travel to Bloomfield Road on Good Friday looking to stretch their 10-game away unbeaten run in the Championship. The Clarets are currently eight points clear of Derby in third place, with four matches remaining. Blackpool are living dangerously in 20th position, with only two points separating them from the relegation zone.
The Tangerines have recorded only two victories in their last 25 matches, culminating in player-manager Barry Ferguson replacing Paul Ince in the dug-out back in January.
Last Five Matches
Blackpool Star Man: Gary Mackenzie
Blackpool captain Mackenzie is in his second spell at Bloomfield Road having joined permanently from MK Dons in the summer following a loan spell last season. The Scottish centre half began his career at Rangers and has started the majority of Blackpool’s fixtures this season. The 28-year-old defender made his debut for the Tangerines in a 0-0 draw with Bristol City in March 2013 while on loan with the club and scored the winning goal against Watford in what was then-manager Paul Ince’s first win in charge of the club.
Last Time Out:
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbrough
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Kightly (Wallace, 80), Jones, Marney, Arfield (Stanislas, 80), Barnes, Ings
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Treacy, Edgar, Baird
Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Tomlin, Butterfield (Varga, 72), Woodgate, Leadbitter, Ledesma, Whitehead, Chalobah, Ayala, Graham (Main, 90), Adomah
Subs not used: Steele, Williams, Morris, Atkinson, Jackson
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool
Leeds: Butland, Wootton, Warnock, Pearce, Zaliukas (White, 81), Lees, Tonge, Brown, McCormack, Smith (Hunt, 65), Murphy
Subs not used: Pugh, Poleon, Stewart, Cairns, Mowatt
Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Robinson, Ferguson, Mackenzie, Cathcart, Basham (Haroun, 67), Bishop, Goodwillie, Perkins, Halliday (Keogh, 74)
Subs not used: Osbourne, Halstead, Barkhuizen, Dobbie, Grandin
Last Meeting at Bloomfield Road:
Blackpool 1-0 Burnley
Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Mackenzie, Broadfoot, Basham, Crainey, Ferguson, Sylvestre (Cathcart, 86), Phillips (Eardley, 86), Delfouneso (Taylor-Fletcher, 89), Ince
Subs not used: Grandin, Derbyshire, Angel, Halstead
Burnley: Grant, Shackell, Long, Mee, Trippier, Wallace (Paterson, 75), Marney (Ings, 87), McCann, Stanislas (Edgar, 75), Vokes, Austin
Subs not used: Lafferty, Jensen, Treacy, Bartley
Burnley’s only absentee is Sam Vokes who has recently undergone surgery on a long term knee injury sustained against Leicester.
Blackpool duo Kirk Broadfoot and Ricardo Fuller remain sidelined for Friday’s local derby however player-manager Barry Ferguson is ready to play should he select himself.
Stat of the Day
Burnley are unbeaten on the road in the 2014 calendar year.
Sean Dyche: “When the whistle blows we will be ready to play. We know the players are going to go hard and we know they’re going to be relentless down to the dying seconds of the game. That’s part of what we’re about now, it’s been there all season and it will be there again Friday.”
Barry Ferguson: “It's a local derby and if you can't get up for that, then you've got a serious problem. I don't really need to say too much about what's expected."
Referee: M. Oliver
Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Friday 18th April
Blackburn v Yeovil
Bournemouth v Sheff Wed
Charlton v Bolton
Huddersfield v Brighton
Wigan v Reading
Doncaster v Derby (7.30pm)
Saturday 19th April
Leicester v QPR (12.15pm)
Barnsley v Leeds
Middlesbrough v Millwall
Nottm Forest v Birmingham
Watford v Ipswich