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Blues to Bounce Back against Blackpool? Match Preview
Blues take on Blackpool at home tonight looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat at the weekend. Blackpool, who enquired about the availability of Lee Clark are still yet to win under new manager Paul Ince and are also looking over their shoulders nervously at the relegation mix.
The tangerines aren’t in the best run of form at all at the moment, having only won one game in their last six and taken 5 points from their last eighteen possible. They haven’t scored in four games but have also kept two consecutive clean sheets, and find themselves one place above Blues with the same number of points but a vastly superior (thirteen goals) goal difference.
Nathan Delfouneso, who is on loan from Villa, could find himself restored to the Seasiders’ starting eleven tonight as they look to break their non-scoring sequence but Chris Basham, Bob Harris and Ian Evatt all miss out.
For Blues, it’s back to square one after a humiliating 5-2 defeat to Hull City at the weekend. Lee Clark will have to make decisions about dropping players after individual mistakes cost Blues dearly. There could be a chance for Shane Ferguson to make his starting debut on the left whilst Pablo Ibanez might push Steven Caldwell for his starting spot.
One player who definitely will not feature is Marlon King; the Jamaican international is ruled out for the season after an op on a troublesome knee injury and Blues will be looking to the trio of Nikola Zigic, Peter Lovenkrands and Wes Thomas to provide the goals to keep Birmingham City in this division.
It’s not a must-win game but this really is a game Blues should be targetting to win if they are serious about staying up. Blackpool’s form of late isn’t good at all and there is a feeling that the longer the goalscoring drought goes on, the less confident that the Tangerine players are going to feel. Blues have a good record against Blackpool at St Andrews over the last few years and there is no reason why that shouldn’t continue. If you would like to see what the opposition fans are thinking, AVFTT have their preview here.