The Seasiders host Cardiff City in the first Championship early kick off tomorrow (the second being Birmingham v QPR at 12:45) looking to break into the top half of the league once again.
It’s been a decent start by Simon Grayson’s team, who are – at the moment – defying the bookies and holding their own in the division.
Cardiff are no slouches either. Dave Jones has a well drilled outfit with some quality attacking players in Bothroyd, McCormack and Whittingham. They’ve recently signed American international Eddie Johnson as well, who is a potent threat but raw.
They currently sit in 7th place – although only two points ahead of Pool, who sit seven places behind.
Cardiff’s Last Five
Home 2-1 win v Coventry.
Home 2-1 loss v Birmingham.
Away 1-0 loss v Swansea.
Away 1-1 draw v Derby.
Away 1-0 win v Barnsley.
Blackpool Team News:
Stephen Crainey and Jermaine Wright are the long term abstenees for Pool, whilst Nardiello is likely to miss out again.
Larry ruled out a move for a striker this week, so are set to start with Burgess and Kabba with no alternative on the bench.
Alan Gow is pushing for a start, and Claus Jorgensen must be feeling the heat the most, but should retain his place.
Player to watch: Claus Jorgensen
Debate has raged this week as to whether Jorgensen offers something extra to the team after the midweek 1-1 draw at QPR.
As mentioned above, Alan Gow must surely be in contention to take Claus’ place soon, but can the former Faroe Island international put in a good performance to keep his place?
Cardiff City Team News:
No major team news for The Bluebirds ahead of the game.
Fullback Tony Capaldi is struggling to prove his fitness and Ricky Scimeca definitely misses out.
Player to watch: Stephen McPhail
The former Leeds United man has always been a dominant force in the midfield for Cardiff, and a tussle with Southern and Jorgensen should be interesting, and probably vital in seeing who comes out of the game with three points.
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