Match Preview: Blackpool (H)

Wanderers welcome Simon Grayson’s Blackpool to the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday evening.

Blackpool currently sit fifth in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they are unbeaten in their last three matches.

Their last game against Lincoln City ended in a 2-1 victory for the Seasiders, with Sean Scannell and Jordan Thompson on the scoresheet.

Team News

Following on from our last game against Blackpool in the Trophy last Tuesday, manager Keith Hill confirmed that all his players came through, with no new injury concerns for him and his staff to think about.

New signing Joe Dodoo could be in line to make his debut for the club, following his signing last Thursday.

Head to Head

Wanderers and Blackpool have faced each other a whopping 107 occasions since the first encounter back in 1896, with us coming out on top in 43 of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on 31 occasions and Blackpool have 33 victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met at the University of Bolton Stadium was not so long ago in the Football League Trophy, in October 2016.

We came out on top with a 1-0 victory, as Sammy Ameobi scored on the fourth minute to earn Wanderers the three points.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Blackpool are the favourites heading into this one. The away side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 3/4 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 10/3 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 13/5.

Man in the Middle:

John Busby will be the referee for this evening’s Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool.

He has officiated 11 matches this season with his latest a 2-0 home victory for Burton Albion against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

This season, he has dished out 41 yellow cards and four red cards.

During his five seasons in the professional refereeing ranks, Busby has never taken charge of a Wanderers fixture before.

Graeme Fyvie and Chris Isherwood will act as his assistants, with Robert Lewis the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Men for the Seasiders:

When looking at the Blackpool side, Armand Gnanduillet and Liam Feeney are names that stand out for Grayson’s men.

Midfielder Feeney is no stranger to Wanderers fans, having spent two years at Bolton (2014-2016) following a successful loan spell at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He currently tops the assists chart in the entirety of Sky Bet League One, chalking up seven assists so far this campaign.

Looking to Gnanaduillet, the Ivorian is the Seasiders current top goal scorer in all competitions, with six goals to his name.

He started off the season in fantastic form, scoring five goals in his first seven outings in this division.

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