One of the less appealing fixtures in the Championship this weekend pits rock bottom Blackpool against mid table Leeds with both teams having pretty much nothing to play for. Blackpool are two more defeats away from the most inevitable relegation in football history being confirmed and Leeds are looking to next season with hope and promise like they do at this stage of most seasons.
Leeds have been in terrific form most recently and have seen themselves draw away from the relegation battle which they looked set to become embroiled in for the best part of the season.
This can be in no part to their away form, having won 5 in 6 away from Elland Road and Redfearn will hope that it continues on Saturday. If your looking for an away victory in the Championship then there can be no better place to come than Bloomfield Road.
Both clubs have had their off the field problems this season and Blackpool’s will come to a head on Saturday with groups of their fan base ready to go and watch AFC Blackpool in the North West Counties Premier Division rather than support their faltering team and put more money in owner Karl Oyston’s pocket.
This week former tangerine’s striker Michael Chopra compared Blackpool’s standard of football to that of Alloa Athletic of the Scottish Championship stating that their fitness levels, standard and overall football team was better than Blackpool’s.
It may have been a tongue and cheek comment but it probably summed up most Blackpool fans thoughts and the fact that they need to completely reset every aspect of the club.
Blackpool will be without Anthony McMahon who serves a suspension and will hope that Charles Dunne can overcome his illness from midweek as they are currently stretched at the back which makes the decision to let Nyron Nosworthy leave on loan to join Portsmouth a little mystifying. Lee Clark will also check on Jamie O’Hara and Niall Maher ahead of the fixture
Granddi Ngoyi and Rodolph Austin have both been out with thigh injuries recently for Leeds but could be pressing for a recall on Saturday. Steve Morison may also target a recall to the first xi and could replace Billy Sharp who has only scored 2 goals in 10 appearances and has non in his last 3.