Match Preview: Newcastle United v Blackpool

09 April 2010 06:14
NEWCASTLE Harper Simpson Williamson Coloccini Enrique Routledge Guthrie Nolan Gutierrez Lovenkrands Carroll

Campbell Taylor-Fletcher Euell Adam Vaughan Southern Baptiste Coleman Crainey Evatt Gilks BLACKPOOL

Newcastle subs: (from) Krul (gk) R Taylor, Kadar, Barton, Butt, Pancrate, Ameobi, Best Blackpool subs: Rachubka (gk), Edwards, Martin, Burgess, Clarke, Dobbie, Ormerod

NEWCASTLE: Chris Hughton is poised to name an unchanged side from Monday night's promotion party against Sheffield United, but will be considering the trip to Reading on Tuesday night. Steven Taylor is Newcastle's only long term absentee with Fitz Hall expected to return to training on Monday following a hamstring injury. Peter Lovenkrands, Wayne Routledge and Danny Guthrie were all substituted during Monday night's 2-1 victory over Sheffield United but all three changes were made for tactical reasons. Suspensions: None Injuries: S Taylor (knee), Hall (hamstring) Last five league games: DWWWW Leading league scorer: Carroll and Nolan 14 Next game: v Reading (A) 13/4/10

BLACKPOOL: Boss Ian Blackwell could welcome back striker Brett Ormerod for the trip to St James' Park. Ormerod, who will wear a protective cast after undergoing surgery on a fractured bone in his hand, could go straight back into the starting line-up. Left-back Stephen Crainey, who feared his season could be over due to a knee injury, could also be handed a surprise recall if he passes a late fitness test. But the Seasiders will be without Algeria international Hameur Bouazza, who has suffered a recurrence of a groin injury.

Suspensions: None Injuries: Bouazza (groin), Eardley (hamstring) Last five league games: DWWWW Leading league scorer: Adam 15 Key player: Charlie Adam - the Scottish midfielder has enjoyed a great season and his skill could cause problems.

Last season: N/A League head to head: Newcastle 20, Blackpool 22, draws 7. Referee: Mike Russell (Herts) G35 Y88 R3 Ave: 2.6 Last Newcastle game: N/A Odds: H8/13; A9/2; D11/4

It's a fact: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway netted at St James Park fourteen years ago this week for QPR but ended up on the losing side thanks to two goals from Peter Beardsley. Comment by Steph Clark: Blackpool have been on a great run of form recently and could spring a surprise on the Magpies. However, Newcastle are determined to win the league and maintain their unbeaten home record. Prediction: 2-1

Source: Northern_Echo