Pre-Match Preview: Blackpool v Bristol City

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The Robins are back in action again this Saturday, as they travel to Bloomfield Road to take on Blackpool FC

In our previous meeting with the Seasiders, the Robins dominated, though similar to other games in the period, the three points were denied by a late equaliser from Lavery in injury-time.

Our Opponents

Blackpool are in 15th place, winning 10 games and losing 11, though remain three points above City in the league table.

Form

Bristol City – DLWLW

The Robins come from a 2-2 draw at Deepdale, after a last minute Emil Riis Jakobson wondergoal denied the visitors the victory.

Blackpool– DWWLL

Blackpool have certainly improved in recent games, picking up a notable point against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Injury and Suspension Updates

Bristol City – Bristol City will remain without Andy King, Matty James, Rob Atkinson and George Tanner, though the returns of Joe Williams and Robbie Cundy will certainly benefit the Robins this weekend.

Blackpool – Kevin Stewart will likely to be absent after spending time on international duty, with Blackpool facing many injury concerns in Chris Maxwell, Keshi Anderson, James Husband, Grant Ward, among others.

Squad Predictions

Bristol City – Nigel Pearson confirmed that our squad should remain similar, with O’Leary likely remaining in goal, and a back three of Klose, Kalas and Pring. Dasilva and O’Dowda should remain in the wing-back position, with a defensive midfield duo of Alex Scott and Han-Noah Massengo, and Weimann, Semenyo and Martin up front.

Blackpool – The Seasiders’ squad should also remain similar, after picking up a huge point at Craven Cottage, with Grimshaw in goal, and a back five of Sterling, Thorniley, Keogh, Ekpiteta and Lawrence-Gabriel. In midfield, Dougall and Connolly should start, with Hamilton and Bowler on the wing, and Lavery up front.

Referees

The officials for Saturday’s match will be as follows:
Referee: James Linington
Assistant Referees: Andrew Dallison and Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Peter Wright

Referee James Linington has given out a total of 65 yellow cards, in the Championship with an average of 4.64 per game. He has also distributed one red card and one penalty.

Score prediction – 1-1 – Blackpool are clearly proving themselves as a tough opponent, though with the Robins’ improvement in performance and ability in front of goal, there’s no reason why they cannot pick up points this weekend.