Blackpool journey to the Kassam Stadium this night to play the primary leg of their play-off tie in opposition to Oxford, with 4,000 individuals set to be inside the bottom for the sport.
Oxford can have Brandon Barker totally match after he was left on the bench in opposition to Burton. Sam Lengthy is a doubt for the sport after he was taken off in opposition to Burton Albion with a hamstring downside. John Mousinho and Marcus McGuane are each long run absentees and can miss the sport.
Blackpool noticed Gary Madine return in opposition to Bristol Rovers, and he can be obtainable for the sport.
The final 5 video games between the edges have seen two wins apiece and one draw. Though, this season the groups performed out a goalless attract December, with Blackpool profitable 2-0 on the Kassam Stadium in March.
Either side head into the sport in distinctive kind with each profitable 4 of their final 5 video games. Oxford have scored fourteen targets of their final 5 video games, whereas Blackpool have been strong on the different finish of the pitch with no targets conceded of their final 4 video games.
The Supervisor’s Views
Karl Robinson is wanting ahead to seeing the Oxford followers again within the floor. Robinson instructed iFollow “the largest pleasure is that there can be followers again within the floor to look at us play. There are photos throughout the coaching floor and stadium of gamers celebrating with followers and they’re an enormous a part of this soccer membership, an actual driver of this staff’s success”.
Neil Critchley was additionally wanting ahead to seeing followers again and remarked concerning the drama of the play-offs. Critchley instructed the Blackpool FC web site “These video games are filled with emotion and drama. The psychological side of those video games is totally different to your regular league recreation, however we’re prepared, excited and looking out ahead to it”.
Although Oxford have discovered targets simple to come back by as late, this recreation will probably be tight and cagey, with either side not desirous to take too many dangers and to verify they’re within the recreation come the second leg.