Blackpool vs Swansea City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Blackpool look to make it three wins on the bounce as they host Swansea City in a mid-table clash at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon.  Kick-off is at 15:00 GMT.

The Tangerines sit in 14th place with no threat of relegation but also limited hopes of reaching the play-off positions as they are nine points adrift of sixth-placed Luton Town.

After their previous loss against table toppers Fulham, Swansea City are now sat in 16th place and four points behind Saturday’s opponents. 

  • Team news

Blackpool go into this game with a lengthy injury list as they will be without Richard Keogh, Luke Garbutt, Keshi Anderson, Grant Ward, Sonny Carey, Matty Virtue and Chris Maxwell.

Jordan Thorniley is still a doubt for Saturday’s game after he was substituted last Saturday against Stoke City with a whiplash injury.

In terms of the visitors they will be without Ryan Manning after his red card against Fulham last time out.

In better news, the Swans will have Hannes Wolf and Flynn Downes back after the German recovered from Covid-19 and the Englishman recovered from the injury picked up on Saturday.   

  • Predicted lineups

Blackpool: Grimshaw, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, James, Bowler, Dougall, Stewart, Hamilton, Lavery, Madine

Swansea City: Fisher, Cabango, Naughton, Bennett, Smith, Downes, Grimes, Wolf, Paterson, Piroe, Obafemi

  • Form guide

The Tangerines go into this weekend’s match on the back of back-to-back wins against Reading and Stoke City.

Last weekend, Blackpool won a tight game at the Bet365 Stadium with Josh Bowler getting the all important goal in the 86th minute to snatch a 1-0 win.

Swansea were in form going into last weekend’s game against Fulham but like many sides have found out this season in the Championship Fulham are a tough side to stop as the Swans fell to a 5-1 defeat.

Joel Piroe scored a consolation goal in that game in the 75th minute but goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Bobby Reid, Neco Williams (2) and a Benjamin Cabango own goal saw the home side lose convincingly. 

  • Ones to watch

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For the home side there is a clear option for who will be taking the threat to Swansea City’s defence and that is Josh Bowler.

The winger was heavily linked with a move away in January with Nottingham Forest very keen on signing the Englishman.

The winger has scored six of his seven goals this season in his last eight outings showing that he has got his head down since the transfer talk.

After his late winner last weekend against Stoke City the winger will be looking to do the same as the Swans come to town.

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For the majority of the season Swansea have been relying on the goals of Joel Piroe but recently summer deadline day signing Michael Obafemi has been playing his part.

The striker has only played 954 minutes this season but in the last seven games, the Republic of Ireland international has found a bit of form with four goals and an assist as well as a man of the match performance against Coventry City.

If Swansea are to climb up the table in the back end of this Championship season they will be looking for Obafemi to keep chipping in with these goals starting on Saturday.

  • Previous meetings

In the reverse fixture at the Swansea.com Stadium the honours were shared in a 1-1 draw.

A late Keshi Anderson goal gained a point for the Tangerines after Joel Piroe gave the Welsh side the lead in the 35th minute.

In terms of overall fixtures against each other it is Blackpool who have a slight advantage with 14 wins to their name compared to the Swans' 13 out of the pairs previous 44 meetings.

  • Where to watch on TV

This game isn’t being broadcast live on TV but fans outside of the UK and Ireland who support Blackpool can watch the game if they sign up to Tangerine TV and Swansea fans that aren’t based in the UK or Ireland can watch if they sign up to Swans TV.

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