We turn our attentions to this weekend's action with a full and in-depth preview of our League Two trip to Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool v Hartlepool United
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 25th March 2017
Blackpool have charged in to contention for a League Two play-off place with a run which has seen them win four of their last five outings.
Gary Bowyer’s men are unbeaten in eight games and last tasted defeat at the hands of Portsmouth back in the middle of February – a run of form which has carried them up towards the top seven.
The Seasiders now occupt eighth spot in the table and are just a point behind seventh-placed Exeter City ahead of this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Including Saturday, three of their next four games are on home soil and Bowyer may view that little sequence as being key to their aspirations of an instant return to League One.
Kyle Vassell could return to action sooner than expected this weekend despite breaking his foot at the end of last month – and Blackpool fans will hope his goals can help steer them to promotion.
The front man has 12 in all competitions so far this term and had brought to an end a little run without one in the 2-2 draw with Barnet just before he picked up the injury.
Vassell’s fitness could be key to The Seasiders during the run-in and they’ll be hoping the man signed from Peterborough United during the summer can hit the ground running upon his return to action.
Blackpool 1 (Cullen 64)
Sky Bet League Two
Monday 26th December 2017
Pools: Carson, Donnelly, Bates, Harrison, Carroll, Featherstone, Hawkins, Laurent (Woods 81), Alessandra (Deverdics 87), Oates, Paynter (Amond 78).
Subs not used: Bartlett, Nsiala, Walker, Richards.
Blackpool: Slocombe, Mellor, Taylor, Robertson, Potts, Aldred, McAllister, Pugh, Vassell, Cullen, Osavi-Samuel (Philliskirk 79).
Subs not used: Lyness, Aimson, Nolan, Payne, Matt, Gnanduillet.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 26th competitive meeting between the two clubs and Blackpool have the edge over the years having won 12 times in comparison to Pools’ seven triumphs.
The Seasiders have won the last two encounters though Pools did take three points on their last visit to Bloomfield Road back in September 2005 when late goals from Antony Sweneey and Steven Istead saw them come from a goal down to snatch a dramatic victory.
However, that is Pools’ only success in any of the last eight meetings with their last win before that one coming way back in the 2000/01 campaign when we did the league double over them.
Darren England will take charge of his fourth Pools game this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our League Two trip to Blackpool.
The official last presided over a Pools fixture in August when he sent-off Toto Nsiala in our Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Notts County.
England also oversaw our defeat to The Magpies at Meadow Lane last April as well as our opening day success over Morecambe at the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
Pools PlayerHD will once again be providing full live online commentary of Saturday’s game at Blackpool from 2.50pm when you can join Mark Simpson and former Premier League ref Jeff Winter.
Fans all over the world can access the live broadcast so if you can’t get along to the game then make sure to join the lads on Pools PlayerHD to keep up to date.
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Blackpool have slashed ticket prices for this weekend’s game and Pools can buy theirs on the day by visiting the Ticket Kiosk close to the away turnstiles at Bloomfield Road.
Click here now for full ticket details on this fixture.
.Sky BetBlackpool have been installed as 4/6 favourites for three points on Saturday with Pools rated a 17/4 shot for victory and the draw priced at 11/4 with our friends at