Blackpool vs Northampton Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Mid-table Blackpool host struggling Northampton Town on Tuesday night in League One at Bloomfield Road, kick-off is at 19:00.

Blackpool come into the game 15th in League One, their last outing a week ago on Tuesday when they comfortably beat Wigan Athletic 5-0. Their game against Burton Albion on Saturday was postponed, due to COVID-19 cases.

Northampton Town also travel to Bloomfield Road following a week out of action as their game against Wigan on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Team news

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has a few absentees for the game with Keshi Anderson and Daníel Grétarsson expected to be out for a few weeks after suffering injuries in the Seasiders' FA Cup triumph over West Bromich Albion in January. 

As for Northampton, boss Keith Curle has a few worries. Scott Pollock will miss the game as he continues recovering from a long term groin injury. Alan Sheehan, Mickel Miller and Jack Sowerby are also expected to miss out.

Predicted lineups

Blackpool: Maxwell, Turton, Ekpiteta, Ballard, Husband, Dougall, Ward, Lubala, Kaikai, Yates, Madine.

Northampton Town: Mitchell, Kisoso, Jones, Bolger, Mills, McWilliams, Watson, Morris, Hoskins, Edmondson, Rose.

Ones to watch

The clear danger man for the Seasiders on Tuesday night will be striker Jerry Yates. Yates is Blackpool's top scorer in the league this season with seven goals in 21 appearances, his most recent coming last Tuesday when the Seasiders thrashed Wigan. 

Yates will be joined up top by fellow striker Gary Madine. Madine has four goals and two assists for the hosts in the division this season, as well as three so far in the FA Cup. Yates and Madine have 14 goals between them meaning the Northampton backline will need to be on top form to nullify the deadly duo. 

Northampton Town will be hoping to form a  deadly duo of their own up top after securing the signature of Ryan Edmondson on loan for the rest of the season. 

The Leeds United loanee is just starting out in football and at 19 years of age hasn't had much first-team football. The highly-rated youngster has impressed so far for the Cobblers and came very close to opening his account last week against Fleetwood Town but was denied by Fleetwood goalkeeper, Alex Cairns.

Previous meetings

Since their first meeting in December 1965, the two sides have faced each other 35 times. The record is heavily in Blackpool's favour with 18 wins for the Seasiders, seven draws and 10 wins for Northampton.

The sides haven't met since April 2018, a comfortable night for Blackpool who welcomed Northampton to Bloomfield Road and came out on top by three goals to nil. 

Where to watch

Blackpool season-ticket holders can watch the game live for free through iFollow.

Blackpool fans who are not season ticket holders can watch the game live for £10 through iFollow.

Northampton fans can also purchase a live match pass for £10 on iFollow Cobblers.

Pre-match quotes

Seasiders boss Neil Critchley wants his side to build on their emphatic win over Wigan last time out. When talking to the Blackpool Gazette he said:

“We need to back this up,” he began.

“We’ve got two home games to come and I can’t remember the last time we played at home in the league.

“We’ve put a real shift in for the last few days, so we rest, we recover. But we look forward to playing at home because we want to get on a run now and I think we’re capable of doing that.”

Keith Curle has been reflecting on the January window for his side. He has made five additions in the window and told the Northampton website:

“We’ve bought in players we’ve identified as assets, some took a bit longer than we would have liked but we’ve made sure that when those players did become available we were ready to move. Some players have also gone out in order to further their short, medium and long-term futures.

“We’ve made sure that the finances have been available when we needed them and also that we’ve had the room in the squad.

“No manager is ever going to be one hundred per cent satisfied but I think we are sat in a good place. As I’ve said before recruitment is an ongoing process and even after the window has closed there will still be players available if we feel we need them.

“I think it has clearly been identified by everybody that there needed to be a change in the financial landscape in football and that there needs to be a re-structuring to ensure the survival of clubs. The starting point for that has been at the lower end but I have no doubt that will filter upwards.”