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Preview: Blackpool

All you need to know ahead of today's Sky Bet League One clash...

14 September 2019

MK Dons made the near 400-mile round trip to Lancashire this afternoon as they face Blackpool at Bloomfield Road for the first time since 2017.

Blackpool certainly enter today's clash in impressive form, having lost just once in the league, while they currently boast an unbeaten record in front of their home fans having picked up two wins and one draw at Bloomfield Road.

MK Dons, meanwhile, will be looking to improve upon their away form in the league, that has seen them taste defeat at Accrington Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.

Paul Tisdale's side, however, will enter the clash with a buoyant mood having won their last two games in all competitions. Last week they picked up a 3-0 win over Stevenage in the Leasing.com Trophy before running out 2-1 winners over AFC Wimbledon last Saturday.

THE OPPOSITION
The 2019-20 season is Blackpool's 111th season in the EFL, while it's also their third consecutive season in Sky Bet League One after the Club earned promotion into the third tier in 2016-17. Currently at the helm is Simon Grayson, who returns to Bloomfield Road after departing for Leeds United in 2008. Grayson replaces the outgoing Terry McPhillips who resigned as manager in July after one season in charge of Blackpool.

Blackpool have made an impressive start to the season as they sit sixth in the table, having picked up an impressive 12 points from their opening seven games. The club have three wins and three draws to their name, and only tasted defeat in the league for the first time last Saturday.

Their Summer transfer activity was impressive too, with Ryan Edwards, Sullay Kaikai, Ryan Hardie and Joe Nuttall a few of the new faces at Bloomfield Road. 

LAST TIME OUT
MK Dons returned to winning ways in Sky Bet League One courtesy of a 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon at Stadium MK.

Nombe, on his first league start for the Dons, opened the scoring with his fourth goal in as many games before Rhys Healey doubled the lead midway through the first half.

Marcus Forss pulled one back for AFC Wimbledon late on but it didn’t prevent Paul Tisdale and his men securing three points in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Blackpool, meanwhile, were involved in a five-goal thriller against Coventry City at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

Sullay Kaikai gave Blackpool the lead within a minute before he netted his brace to double the Tangerines lead on 38-minutes.

However, a spirited Coventry City side scored twice within five minutes, as Matt Godden and Wesley Jobello scored in the 41st and 45th-minute respectively.

The game was won in the final minutes, as substitute Callum O'Hare scored a 91st-minute winner to complete the turnaround for Mark Robins side.

FIGHTING TALK
Paul Tisdale: “Blackpool have started really well. They have a manager who knows his stuff and they’ve got some really good players. It’s a really good League One fixture for us.”

TEAM NEWS

Paul Tisdale has revealed that Baily Cargill will be out for up to four weeks with an ankle injury but there is more positive news regarding fellow defender Callum Brittain, who should return for this weekend’s trip to Blackpool.

“Baily Cargill, who has missed out after injuring his ankle against Stevenage, will be out for two to four weeks,” Tisdale confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's encounter at Bloomfield Road.

“Callum Brittain, who was unfit for the AFC Wimbledon game, will be back in the squad and, of course, Regan Poole is back from Wales.”
 
For Blackpool, Matthew Virtue and Nathan Delfouneso are likely to miss the clash.

OFFICIALS

Andy Haines will be the man in the middle this Saturday, referring his seventh game of the season.

Haines, who has been an EFL official since 2007, has issued a total of 21 yellow cards and two reds during the aforementioned six games.

His most recent MK Dons appointment was during the 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra in January 2019 - that day he issued four yellow cards.

Last season, he booked 108 players and dismissed four in 38 games.

Richard Wigglesworth and Mark Cunliffe will be the assistant referees, while the fourth official is Gary Hilton.

HEAD TO HEAD

Dons wins: 3
Dons wins at Bloomfield Road: 0
Last Dons win: 4-3, 24 Aug 2010 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 3-0, 11 Feb 2006 (National Hockey Stadium)

Draws: 1
Draws at Bloomfield Road: 0
Last draw: 0-0, 24 Mar 2018 (Stadium MK)

Blackpool wins: 4
Blackpool wins at Bloomfield Road: 3
Last Blackpool win: 1-0, 12 Aug 2017 (Bloomfield Road)
Biggest Blackpool win: 2-0, 2 Dec 2006 (National Hockey Stadium)

SKY BET ODDS

MK Dons win: 5/2
Draw: 12/5
Blackpool win: 1/1

Click HERE for more Sky Bet odds!

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FOLLOW IT LIVE!
Tickets are priced at £19 adults, £17 seniors/under-22s, £9 under-17s and £4 under-12s while under-5s go FREE.

Official Away Travel is available for this fixture, with coach spaces priced at £27 Season Ticket holders/members and £28 all other supporters. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 8.45am.

To book tickets/travel click HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickers will be available to buy from MK Dons until 5pm on Friday.

Can't make the match? Not to worry, you can listen to live commentary on iFollow MK Dons for just £2.50 - click HERE to purchase an Audio Match Pass!

Supporters can also stay in touch with the action via mkdons.com’s Match Centre, which can be accessed by visiting the home page from 2.00pm.

There will also be full coverage on the Club’s social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!

A full match report will be available to view on mkdons.com straight after the final whistle along with full reaction from Paul Tisdale and a player. Highlights will be available three hours after full-time.

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