Cardiff City co-caretaker managers Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young look to extend their unbeaten Championship run to four matches as they head to bottom-of-the-table Blackpool
Blackpool v Cardiff City
Sportpesa ODDS: GAME ID: 8727 HOME WIN 1(3.15), DRAW X(3.15) AWAY WIN ,2(2.12).
The likely line-ups
Blackpool (probable, 4-4-2): Parish; McMahon (capt), Daniels, Reimeister, J Oriel; Delfounso, Perkins, Cubero, E Oriel; Miller, Ranger.
Cardiff City (probable, 4-5-1): Marshall (capt); Brayford, Manga, Morrison, Fabio; Pilkington, Gunnarsson, Adeyemi, Whittingham, Noone; Jones.
Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon will surely stick to their trusted group. Matt Connolly will be added to the 18 on duty at Brighton. The centre-back is 50-50 to play, having just recovered from a minor injury, but has just signed a new two-year contract extension and adds competition for places at the back.
Cardiff goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who is on loan with Blackpool, cannot play against his own club. A clause was added into the loan agreement when Lewis joined ‘Pool and he steps aside, allowing another former City keeper, Elliot Parish, to make his debut.
Ones to watch
Blackpool – Ishmael Miller. Aged 27, former Manchester City and Nottingham Forest striker. Experienced striker at Championship level. Scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for relegated Yeovil Town last season, playing alongside Cardiff’s Joe Ralls. Netted his first of season for Blackpool in 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough this week.
Cardiff City – Anthony Pilkington. Loads of ability. The more he plays the better he will get. A winger who has good technical ability and a decent turn of pace. Scored Cardiff’s second goal in win against Sheffield Wednesday and his target must be to contribute consistently.
When they last met
January 19, 2013: In another televised game, Cardiff headed to Blackpool during their Championship-winning season. Kim Bo-Kyung gave the Bluebirds the lead in the 54th minute, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised six minutes later. Tommy Smith then hit the winner to cap a breathless spell of three goals in 10 minutes.
What the managers say
Jose Riga (Blackpool): “We knew the three games this week would be difficult and it doesn’t get any easier against Cardiff. Against Norwich (a 3-1 defeat) I thought we did really well, but Tuesday has given us confidence. We just have to stay in the same mindset now and anything can happen.”
Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City): “The players have been fantastic, their effort and commitment has been brilliant and I’m sure we’ll see that against Blackpool. If we can get a good result and it is our last game, then we’ll sign off and be proud of our efforts.”
Who’s the ref?
Dean Whitestone (Northampton). An officer in the Metropolitan Police who started refereeing in 1992. Progressed through the United Counties League, Southern League, Conference and onto the Football League as a referee in 2005-06. He has been in the middle for eight matches this season, booking 16 players. He has kept his red card firmly in his pocket. Assistants are Mark Astley and Peter Gooch and fourth official Mark Heywood.
Did you know?
Spanish twins Edu and Joan Oriol, 27, will both face the Bluebirds. Edu joined Blackpool from AEL Linmassol last season, but he also had sells with Barcelona and Real Zaragoza earlier in his career. The last time the Oriol twins appeared for the same club was during a loan spell at Spanish side Reus Deportiu in 2006.
And another thing
Blackpool fans are planning a ‘disruptive protest’ during the match at Bloomfield Road. The action is aimed at chairman Karl Oyston – and supporters held a similar protest last season when around 300 tennis balls were thrown onto the match after 53 minutes of a match against Burnley. That minute marks Blackpool’s appearance in the 1953 FA Cup final.