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Posted Mon 30 Sep 13

Preview: Blackpool

Match Preview: Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Wanderers make the short trip to the seaside on Tuesday evening to face Paul Ince’s high flying Blackpool.

With Alex Baptiste’s late goal securing a point against Yeovil on Saturday, the Whites will be hoping that they can go one better against the Tangerines when the sides clash at Bloomfield Road.

Currently sitting outside the play-off positions on goal difference, the Seasiders have enjoyed a successful start to the season with just a solitary defeat against Millwall to their name.

In the corresponding game last season, a late Nathan Delfouneso strike earned Blackpool a point in a game which saw the Whites take the lead twice through Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee.

Despite Bolton having not picked up three points on Blackpool soil since the mid-1970s, Dougie Freedman’s men do hold the upper hand in terms of overall wins in this fixture with 37 as opposed to the Seasiders’ 31.

Match Preview: Team news

Team News

Wanderers will be without Marc Tierney for a number of months after it was confirmed that the defender picked up a fracture in his right foot in Saturday’s clash against the Glovers.

Freedman will also be without the services of Andre Moritz, alongside long term absentees Mark Davies, Stuart Holden and Joe Riley.

Match preview: Op camp

Opposition camp

Blackpool play host to the Whites on Tuesday hoping to bounce back to winning ways after a defeat and two draws in their last three matches.

Having not lost on their own turf since a 1-0 defeat against Peterborough United back in March, Bloomfield Road has certainly been home sweet home for the Seasiders with six wins and two draws since.

They were however held to a stalemate at their last home game against Leicester City, with Thomas Ince rescuing a point in the last minute from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw.

Wanderers also look likely to come up against a product of their own academy in the form of Chris Basham, with the defender having swapped the Reebok for the seaside back in 2010.

After securing a respectable 15th place finish in the Championship last season, the Tangerine faithful will certainly be hoping for better things this term given their side’s impressive start to the campaign.

Match Preview: One to watch

Key man

A player who was linked with a move to a number of Premier League clubs during the summer transfer window, Thomas Ince looks set to be the Seasiders’ shining light this season.

Despite mass speculation that the 21-year-old would swap Bloomfield Road for the top flight, his father Paul managed to keep hold of the pacey winger, much to the relief of Blackpool’s supporters.

Having started out his career with Liverpool’s youth academy, Ince went on to enjoy a loan spell at Notts County before signing for the Tangerines in the summer of 2011.

The move was to prove to be a masterstroke by Blackpool, with the Stockport-born youngster going on to develop a reputation for his goal scoring exploits as well as his lightening quick speed.

Match preview: Man in the middle

Man in the middle
Referee Neil Swarbrick will take charge of Tuesday’s game against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Born in Preston, Swarbrick is an experienced official having been involved in the game since 2005 and has taken charge of four games this season, three of which have been in the Premier League, brandishing 13 yellows and 1 red card.

The last time Swarbrick officiated a Bolton game was back in November 2011 when the Whites suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Peter Bankes and Adrian Holmes will run the line, whilst Paul Tierney will be the fourth official.

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