Blackpool vs Southend United...
Southend United head back up to Lancashire tomorrow afternoon looking to build on last weekend’s dramatic late victory as they face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
It’ll be a much-changed Tangerines side compared to when these two last met with Blackpool having brought in 12 new recruits during the January transfer window with another 12 going the other way.
One of those was former Blues loanee Taylor Moore in a temportary deal from Bristol City, and he is in line to make his debut against his former club in what is the Tangerines' first home league game of 2020.
How those players integrate will be the biggest question mark for Simon Grayson’s side as Blues look to record back-to-back league wins for the first time since October 2018.
Victory over Lincoln City last weekend continued Blues’ upturn in fortunes in recent weeks which has seen them win two of their last three outings, thanks to wins over The Imps and Accrington Stanley.
Sol Campbell’s side have recorded just the one defeat in their last six, with Southend winning two and drawing three since their Boxing Day stalemate with MK Dons.
Blackpool have been in terrible form in recent weeks and are currently on a run of eight games without a win, which includes four straight defeats going into tomorrow’s clash.
Saturday 10th August 2019
Southend United 1-3 Blackpool
Turton O.G. 75’; Lennon O.G. 9’, Delfouneso 12’, 37’
Southend United were blown away by Blackpool as three goals inside the first half were enough for the Tangerines to inflict a 3-1 defeat on Blues at Roots Hall.
An unfortunate own goal by Harry Lennon set Blackpool on their way before Nathan Delfouneso grabbed a brace. Oliver Turton’s own goal got one back for Blues but it was too little too late.
Blues Team News
Defender John White is expected to be out of action for up to three months after breaking his arm against Lincoln City – the third time he’s done so since May – and he underwent surgery on Thursday.
Harry Phillips will also be out for three months after he too came off against Lincoln, with the young midfielder suffering damage to the medial ligament in his knee.
In better news though for Blues, Timothee Dieng and Sam Mantom are both expected to return to the squad this weekend after recovering from hamstring and thigh problems respectively.
Despite not scoring in his last four appearances, Armand Gnanduillett has proven time and time again to be a thorn in Southend’s side, including scoring home and away against Blues last term.
The Frenchman is an imposing figure up front for the Tangerines, standing in at 6ft4, and is a constant handful for opposing defences to combat.
So far this season, the 27-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competitions, making him comfortably Blackpool’s leading goal scorer as well as the one to look out for on Saturday.
At set pieces he will be a target and Blues will have to also be wary of that when conceding corners or attacking free kicks.
Saturday will see Anthony Backhouse taking charge of proceedings at Bloomfield Road, being assisted by Alan Clayton and Richard Bartlett, with Wade Smith as the fourth official.
Backhouse has officiated Blackpool once already this season – a 1-0 win against Wolves u21s in the EFL Trophy – while it’ll be the first time Backhouse has officiated Southend since February 2019.
So far this campaign, Backhouse has taken charge of 24 games in all competitions, showing 82 yellow cards and just the three reds.
Away Fans Guide
Sitting just off the coast and the Blackpool Promenade, Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground has been home to the Tangerines for well over a century and has a capacity of just over 17,000.
Those Blues fans travelling tomorrow will find themselves situated in the temporary East Stand which sits opposite the dugout and the main Sir Stanley Matthews stand.
For more information on the ground, including info on travel directions, where to park and where to go for a pre-match drink, check out awaygames.co.uk’s guide by clicking here.
Blues have been given an allocation of 366 seated tickets for tomorrow’s clash with prices ranging from £19 for adults down to free for under 5’s who are accompanied by a paying adult.
You can purchase your ticket from the Blues Box Office, online or by calling 08444 770077 with all tickets needing to be collected either from the Blues Box Office or from Bloomfield Road on the day.
Tickets will also be available to purchase at the ground on the day of the game, but please be aware that this will be cash only with no price increases.
200 tickets were pre-sold as of Friday morning which is a fantastic contingent for the long journey there and back.