Blackpool suffered a blow in their battle for promotion in midweek by falling to a 1-0 loss against Stoke – and the Seasiders will be raring to get back to winning ways in their clash against QPR at the weekend.
Neil Critchley’s men have found themselves in a battle for a play-off spot and that is exactly where they will want to be for the remainder of the campaign. The loss to the Potters has set them back slightly but some points in this game would certainly go a long way towards getting them back in the mix again.
Blackpool have battled on despite injuries to some of their most important players and still picked up some solid results. They’ll be hoping for similar against the Hoops.
If they can get a good performance in and pick up another win, then it could fire them back into the play-off spots.
Blackpool will have to make some changes and tactical tweaks to the side that lost to Stoke. They had two players suffer knocks during the tie and with the team also on the losing end, there will need to be some personnel changes throughout the starting lineup.
For starters, both Richard Keogh and Luke Garbutt hobbled off with injuries and it means that Callum Connolly will likely have to step in at the centre of defence unless both of them are up to match fitness again for the fixture.
In addition, the side performed well to bag a solid result against Sheffield United and the changes that Neil Critchley made in the game against the Potters backfired. It’s for this reason that the Seasiders should consider reverting back to a 4-4-2 system with Gary Madine supporting Jerry Yates upfront.
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The side are still without Chris Maxwell but Daniel Grimshaw is doing a fine job in goal and will keep his place in the side. Shayne Lavery also remains sidelined but the striker pairing here should do a reasonable enough job in his absence.
The midfield worked well against the Blades and it should be the same one here as it was there. It got them the result against Sheffield United – and it could get them the result again here against the Hoops.