Match Preview | Blackpool v Wanderers


Wanderers take on their second of three consecutive away games when they make the short trip to Bloomfield Road on Saturday to take on Blackpool.

Ian Evatt’s side will be backed by another sold out away end buoyed by a hard fought win in midweek after coming from behind against Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

Manager quotes

Ian Evatt: “When we set out to do this and try and take this club forward it was about breaking those records and creating legacies.

“This is one I want to try and win for personal reasons, of course, but fundamentally for the team and this football club. That's what matters most to me, that we try and win as many games as we can to give us the best chance of achieving our ambitions.

“Nothing against Blackpool - that club knows the regard I hold them in - but we'll be ready for Saturday, a local derby and a great atmosphere. I don't miss playing very often but these types of games and occasions I certainly do.”

Ian Evatt

Team News

Skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos is in contention to make his comeback from injury after missing a few weeks with a calf injury.

Wanderers will also welcome back George Thomason from suspension at the weekend so he will be available for selection.

Caleb Taylor unfortunately suffered a nasty ankle knock on Tuesday night and looks set to be out for an extended spell.

Dion Charles is still sidelined with his knee injury but is ‘improving day by day’ in his recovery.

Wing-back Randell Williams is due back in training next week when goalkeeper Nathan Baxter will have the cast removed from his wrist injury and be further assessed.

Form Guide

Blackpool will need to pick themselves up off the canvas to go again following semi-final heartbreak in midweek in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy against Peterborough United.

Ironically, the Tangerines had picked up an impressive win away at Peterborough last Saturday with a dramatic last minute winner which halted a slight dip in form for Neil Critchley’s men with two defeats and a draw prior to that.

The Seasiders are currently 8th in the division and six points behind the play-off places.

Wanderers completed a second half come back away at Cambridge in midweek courtesy of goals from Paris Maghoma and Carlos Mendes Gomes which was a welcomed three points for Ian Evatt’s men with it being a game in hand on the teams above.

The Whites are now equal on points with second placed Derby County having played one game less.



Referee: Josh Smith

Assistant Referees: Alex James and Sam Lewis

Fourth Official: Peter Wright


Saturday, 3pm.


Supporters living outside of the UK can watch the game live via Wanderers TV with a match pass, which can be purchased HERE

Alternatively, UK supporters can listen to live full match commentary on Wanderers TV HERE.


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