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Blackpool vs. Leicester City

Bloomfield Road

06/02/10

3 p.m.

Preview: Blackpool vs Leicester

Championship play-off hopefuls Blackpool and Leicester meet tomorrow at Bloomfield Road, as City look to get back to winning ways.

Nigel Pearson's Foxes are winless in five matches, but will head into tomorrow's tie high in confidence after a commendable performance against table-toppers Newcastle at the weekend.

The clash sees the return of Blackpool manager Ian Holloway to face his former club, after a disastrous spell in charge led to the Foxes' relegation from the Championship two seasons ago.

Blackpool go into the game with just one win on their last seven, but remain a place ahead of City in the table. A win for Pearson's men would see the Foxes leapfrog their Lancashire rivals.

The last time the two sides met came at the Walkers Stadium early this season, Matty Fryatt's brace handing the Foxes a 2-1 victory on the day.

Vital Quotes:

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: 'Obviously if you look at the league table we're going to try and win this one, otherwise they'll be galloping away from us.'

Leicester's Andy King: 'Of course it's going to be difficult, it's a lot of games in a short space of time, but we're a bunch of fit lads. Everyone is looking forward to the challenge and getting a good run of games under our belts.'

Blackpool Team News:

Blackpool will be without the services of DJ Campbell, who is inelegible to play against his parent club as part of the loan agreement.

The Seasiders will also have to make do without Brett Ormerod, who is suspended.

Danny Coid will also miss out, whilst Neal Eardley and Alex Baptiste are both struggling with injuries.

Player to watch: Charlie Adam

Goal-scorer in the fixture at the Walkers Stadium, the Foxes already know of the former-Rangers man's abilities on a football pitch.

With a superb eleven goals for the season already, Adam has emerged as one of the most important cogs in the Holloway works at Bloomfield Road.

Leicester City Team News:

Richie Wellens is suspended following his red card against Newcastle on Saturday.

On-loan Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn is doubtful after picking up a knee injury in training, so Dany N'Guessan should get the nod.

Paul Gallagher has been passed fit after shrugging off an injury picked up in the same match, but striker Yann Kermorgant will definitely play no part through a hamstring strain.

Player to watch: Matty Fryatt

With goals distinctly lacking in recent times, Fryatt needs to step up to the plate once again if the Foxes are to stake any real claim at the play-offs this season.

After almost scoring a goal-of-the-season contender at the weekend the striker will be hungry to add to his tally of eleven league goals so far this campaign.

Match Facts & Stats

- Leicester have not won away at Blackpool for 73 years.

- The Seasiders have scored in 14 consecutive Championship matches.

- City have lost their last three away matches.

- Matty Fryatt is just one goal away from scoring 50 for the club.

Match Prediction:

An encouraging performance against Newcastle should see a revitalised performance tomorrow. However, a draw is on the cards here. Blackpool 1-1 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday 9th February

Blackpool: Sheffield Wednesday (A)

Leicester: Doncaster (H)




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