Blackpool go in search of a much needed 3 points this weekend when they face fellow mid-table strugglers Bristol Rovers.
Blackpool come into this fixture on the back of some poor results, having only won 3 out of their last 19 matches. The Seasiders recently lost 1-0 away to Oxford last Saturday and bowed out of the Checkatrade Trophy via a penalty shoot-out against high flying and promotion-chasing league 1 Shrewsbury.
Unlike the Seasiders, the Gasheads come into this fixture in reasonably good form, in the hope of turning their season around, who are currently unbeaten in their last 3. Rovers managed to pick up an impressive 2-1 win at home to Portsmouth last weekend, with two important late goals coming from winger Sinclair and substitute Sercombe.
However, Bristol supporters will be disappointed with losing top scorer Billy Bodin this January, who signed for Preston North End for an undisclosed fee, having scored 37 goals in 107 appearances for the club. Rovers will look to rely on Bernard Mensah who is set to make his debut for the Pirates after signing from Aldershot for an undisclosed fee.
On the other hand, Blackpool should be in high spirits regarding successfully extending Sean Longstaff’s loan from Newcastle until the end of the season. As well as tieing up Joe Lumley on a season-long loan from QPR, who was interestingly Bristol Rovers keeper last season.
Blackpool should also be positive about returning midfielder Jim Mcallister who has been out of action for the last 11 months. He came off the bench in Wednesday’s fixture against Shrewsbury in the 59th minute replacing Sessi D’almeida.
Rovers picked up a 3-1 win earlier in the season at the Memorial Stadium on Matchday 9 on the 29th September. In this fixture, Pool took the lead from a Kyle Vassell strike in the 14th minute, before being pegged back by Bodin before HT. The Gasheads then took control of the tie with late goals from Sweeney and Harrison to give them the 3 points.
Prior to this, Blackpool last hosted Bristol Rovers in the 1999-2000 season in league 1 where the Tangerines won 2-1.
Rovers are expected to be backed by as many as 1000 fans at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool come into this fixture favorites:
Although Blackpool have recorded poor results on paper, some of their performances do not merit the results, and they could, therefore, be described as being in a false position in the league.
Bowyer will want to put behind some poor results and come out of this fixture with the 3 points.
Prediction: A narrow 2-1 win for the Seasiders.