Blackpool will be looking to get back to winning ways and continue their push for the play-offs as they host relegation-battling AFC Wimbledon at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.
The Seasiders can go five League One matches unbeaten if they can avoid defeat but will be hoping to grab all three points after Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra.
Neil Critchley’s men currently sit in 13th place, eight points off the play-off places but with numerous games in hand on the teams above them. They are also unbeaten at home since October, making Bloomfield Road a real fortress.
In comparison, AFC Wimbledon lie just inside the relegation zone in 21st place, one point off Bristol Rovers above them. Mark Robinson’s side come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town and just two wins in their last sixteen league matches.
Blackpool welcomed back CJ Hamilton to the squad on Tuesday after a hamstring injury and will be hoping that the winger is involved again tomorrow. James Husband is also likely to return to the squad, while Gary Madine is edging closer to a return following a groin injury. Centre-half Dan Gretarsson has returned to training following a lengthy absence but is unlikely to feature, while long-term absentees Keshi Anderson and Marvin Ekpiteta remain sidelined.
The visitors meanwhile are boosted by the return of forwards Ollie Palmer and Zach Robinson, though they will be without midfielder Ethan Chislett as well as Paul Kalambayi and new striker Corie Andrews.
Blackpool (442): Maxwell; Gabriel, Ballard, Thorniley, Garbutt; Hamilton, Virtue, Stewart, Kaikai; Yates, Simms.
Wimbledon (4231): Walker; Johnson, Heneghan, Nightingale, Alexander; Dobson, Woodyard; Rudoni, Reilly, Longman; Pigott.
Ones to watch
After his return from the bench on Tuesday night, winger CJ Hamilton will be pushing for a return to the starting line up. His pace and goal threat on the wing has been a huge miss for Blackpool and will be a massive test for the Wimbledon defence whether he starts or comes off the bench.
Striker Joe Pigott is a vital part of the Wimbledon side. With 14 league goals already this season, he has scored almost 50% of Wimbledon’s goals in the division and will prove a tough test for a Blackpool defence that’s shown to be one of the most solid in the country in recent months.
Wimbledon took all three points last time out in the reverse fixture back in October with nine-man Blackpool defeated 1-0 after a lacklustre display.
The last meeting between the two sides at Bloomfield Road came in November 2019, with Armand Gnanduillet scoring a brace to secure the Seasiders a 2-0 victory.
Where to watch on TV
The match will be available to watch on iFollow. Match passes for the game are available, priced at £10. Kick off 3pm at Bloomfield Road.