Stoke vs Blackpool preview
22nd March 2008
The Tangerines march into the city on Saturday as the Potters face yet another 'must win' game to keep their noses in front at the top of the Championship.
Blackpool, newly promoted this season, will be looking for mid-table security this time around but although they sit in 15th place, they're still only five points off the drop zone.
Stoke City Team News:
Stoke are waiting on the fitness of Mamady Sidibe, but fans will be concerned that they're missing three key players, Shawcross, Fuller and Lawrence who are all suspended for this game. Jay Bothroyd will make his home debut and TP hasn't given up hope of getting a late loan signing in to replace Fuller up front.
Player to watch: Carlo Nash
With so many influential players missing, we need the keeper to be on form yet again and make sure that it's three consecutive clean sheets for the Potters
Blackpool Team News:
Blackpool are sweating on the fitness of Paul Dickov who has been on superb form since joining on loan from Man City, but has been suffering from a hamstring injury and manager, Simon Grayson, is keeping quiet on his chances for Saturday.
Player to watch: Kaspar Gorkss
The Latvian international defender joined 'Pool 14 months ago and is, surprisingly, their top scorer.
Match Facts & Stats
Stoke ran out 3-2 winners in the first leg at Bloomfield Road back in December, courtesy of two goals from Ricardo Fuller and one from Leon Cort
Sat 29th March: Sheffield Wed (away) kick-off: 3pm