After the euphoria of doing the double over Liverpool, we return to the bread and butter of the Premier League as it were.
I keep using the phrase ‘bread and butter’ because, in my opinion, games such as tomorrow’s will ultimately decide whether we stay in this division for another season or not.
Ultimately, these are the games that we need to pick points up in between now and the end of the season to guarentee survival; we simply can’t afford to lose games to teams below us like we did against Birmingham.
Fingers crossed for another great performance and result!
Following the midweek win over Liverpool, ‘Pool boss Ian Holloway has played down expectations stating that his team perform better without the shackles of expectation.
The Seasiders still need around 15 more points you would imagine to guarentee Premier League survival, and Ollie is certainly taking nothing for granted:
‘I’ve got the easiest job in the world, because there are no expectations on me.
‘If that starts to build with our crowd, then I’ve got to dampen and quash that because that is why we are doing so well.
‘For Blackpool, in terms of keeping going and doing things, anything is possible.
‘If we get 40 points, I want 43, 46, however many, and keep going – we have to get the maximum we can.
‘Then the following year, you have got to try to beat that, otherwise you are rubbish!’
West Brom Team News:
Captain Scott Carson has been dropped in favour of Boaz Myhill. Chris Brunt takes over the captaincy.
Peter Odemwingie, Pablo Ibanez and Ishmael Miller are all doubtful through injury, whilst Jonas Olsson is suspended.
Gabriel Tamas is available again after suspension.
Player to watch: Boaz Myhill
Replacement keepers have a knack of having stormers against the Seasiders. Let’s hope that Myhill isn’t one!
Blackpool Team News:
Elliot Grandin is a doubt with a tight hamstring, so Gary Taylor-Fletcher might come inside with Matt Phillips starting on the right.
Marlon Harewood is an outside bet for a place on the bench.
Player to watch: DJ Campbell
Five goals in his last five games, DJ’s doubters have been left eating humble pie.
With all but two of his goals coming on the road this season, DJ will once again be expected to lead the ‘Pool attack with the usual zeal and vigour.
Match Facts & Stats
Since losing to the Seasiders in November, the Baggies have picked up just seven points in eleven games, slipping from 4th to 16th.
Blackpool haven’t won in ten visits to The Hawthorns, losing the last three.
WBA have lost five on the spin.
The Baggies have kept just one clean sheet all season and have the worst defensive record in the division having conceded 39 goals.
West Brom have missed four of their last five penalties in the league.
Blackpool have accumulated 28 points from their 20 league matches. No club in Premier League history has ever been relegated after picking up this many points at this stage of the season.
The Seasiders have kept five clean sheets on the road this season, more than any other team in the league.
Blackpool v Sunderland
Saturday 22nd January