Burnley are back in action tomorrow as we take on local rivals Blackpool at Turf Moor in what will be our first game since Eddie Howe returned to AFC Bournemouth.
Burnley v Blackpool
5.20pm – Turf Moor – nPower Championship
Referee: Michael Oliver [15 yellows – 1 red]
Youth team coach Terry Pashley has been handed the responsibility of leading the Clarets into tomorrow’s derby, as the board continue their search for our fifth manager in as many years.
David Edgar may miss out after he only returned to training today after appearing for Canada in two World Cup qualifiers, with jet lag a real concern.
This could mean a switch to middle for Ben Mee and a return for Joseph Mills at left-back.
Danny Ings returned to training this week but will miss out tomorrow as he continues his rehabilitation, although the Club has said he could make a surprise return.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has the luxury of picking from a fully fit squad after Tom Ince, Matt Phillips and former Claret loanee Nathan Delfouneso all returned from international duty unscathed.
Manager: Ian Holloway
In Blackpool’s dugout, for tomorrow at least, is straight-talking Bristolian Ian Holloway. The ex-Bristol Rovers man is currently the hot favourite to take the vacant Ewood Park hot-seat and as of yet, he has failed to distance himself from the rumours. The former midfielder had spells as manager of QPR, Plymouth and Leicester before taking the reigns at Bloomfield Road in 2009. Holloway is a firm fan’s favourite after guiding the club to the top flight two years ago and the Tangerine supporters will be hoping to keep their man for a little longer yet.
After starting the season in blistering form – notching up four wins from their opening four games – the Seasiders’ form has somewhat dipped in recent weeks. Only behind ourselves in terms of goals scored, Holloway’s men have notched up useful wins against Hull and Middlesbrough, but they have also recently lost comprehensively to Cardiff and Huddersfield. Blackpool’s last game before the international break was a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Charlton.
Dangerman: Tom Ince
Highly rated Tom Ince will provide the main threat for Blackpool tomorrow as the winger looks to build on his impressive early season form. The England Under-21 international is currently the club’s top scorer with six goals – despite operating from the wide positions. Linked with several moves to top-flight clubs, Ince is surely destined to follow in his father’s footsteps right to the top if he can sustain his fine early season form. Kieran Trippier will need to be at his best tomorrow if he is to stop the former Liverpool trainee and help earn his side all three points.
Just For Fun
Did You Know?
Physic Uri Geller announced Blackpool’s 1997 blue away kit would bring the club bad luck, stating the players wouldn’t get the correct amount of ‘physic energy’ from it. The club ignored the obvious warnings and debuted the kit in a match against Bristol City, a match they lost.