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Reading make the trip to Bloomfield Road on Saturday for the League One meeting with home team Blackpool.
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Blackpool will be hoping to bounce back here after the 2-0 League One losing effort in their last game against Wycombe Wanderers.
Sam Vokes (13') and Brandon Hanlan (46') scored for Wycombe Wanderers.
Blackpool have struggled with their forward play of late. Their sum of goals stands at just 4 versus opponents during the course of their previous 6 fixtures. In those games, Blackpool have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them come to 11.
Coming into this meeting, Blackpool are unbeaten in their previous 4 home league matches.
Reading will go into the match following a 0-9 EFL Trophy win against Exeter City in their previous outing.
For Reading, the goals were scored by Tom McIntyre (3'), Paul Mukairu (56', 60'), Dominic Ballard (67', 96'), Ben Elliott (79'), Taylan Harris (85') and Caylan Vickers (90'). Zak Jules (32' Own goal) scored for Exeter City.
Proving their appetite for eventful encounters, the back of the net has been hit 22 times in the prior 6 games in which Reading have played, giving an average of 3.67 goals for each clash. Opposition teams have hit 6 from this total. Even so, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend shall persist in this upcoming match or not.
Pre-game facts show that Reading:
- have not beaten Blackpool when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- have not won away from home in their last 15 league games. Their travelling supporters must be so depressed.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 04/01/2020 shows that Blackpool have won 3 of these & Reading 2, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
21 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 11 of them from The Seasiders and 10 for The Royals. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.5.
The last league game featuring these sides was Championship match day 34 on 25/02/2023 when it ended Reading 3-1 Blackpool.
In that game, Reading had 43% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The scorers were Tom Ince (13', 72') and Andy Carroll (70').
On the other side, Blackpool had 14 shots on goal with 4 on target. Sonny Carey (94') scored.
The referee was John Brooks.
Team News: Blackpool
The Blackpool boss Neil Critchley will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match thanks to a fully healthy group to choose from.
We think that The Seasiders will probably go for a 3-5-2 system for the game, handing starts to Daniel Grimshaw, Matthew Pennington, Oliver Casey, James Husband, CJ Hamilton, Matthew Virtue, Oliver Norburn, Kenneth Dougall, Owen Dale, Jordan Rhodes and Kylian Kouassi.
Team News: Reading
Owing to a completely healthy squad available for selection, the Reading manager Rubén Sellés has no fitness worries to report coming into this clash.
From our viewpoint, The Royals could decide to elect for a 4-4-2 lineup with a starting lineup of David Button, Andy Yiadom, Tyler Bindon, Nelson Abbey, Clinton Mola, Femi Azeez, Sam Hutchinson, Charlie Savage, Ben Elliot, Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan and Dominic Ballard.
In our opinion, Reading will have their work cut out to score goals against this Blackpool lineup who should score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re therefore expecting a good battle with a 1-0 victory for Blackpool when all is said and done.
Looking forward to watching this one unfold.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Bloomfield Road (16,616)
Captain: Oliver Norburn
Chairman: Simon Sadler
Manager: Neil Critchley
Competitions: League One position 14, EFL Trophy (Group A - North)
🔑 Key Man: Shayne Lavery
Generally taking up the Striker position, Shayne Lavery was born in N. Ireland. Having made his senior debut playing for Blackpool in the 2021 - 2022 season, the accomplished Forward has got 2 league goals in the League One 2023 - 2024 season so far in a total of 5 appearances.