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PREVIEW: City travel to Bloomfield Road in final fixture before the break

City take on the Tangerines in Championship action...

17 March 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: City travel to Bloomfield Road in final fixture before the break

City take on the Tangerines in Championship action...

17 March 2023

City are in action one final time before the international break, as they face Mick McCarthy's Blackpool side at Bloomfield Road.

Meet the Tangerines:

Blackpool head into this weekend's meeting with Coventry City having stormed to an unexpected 6-1 win over Queens Park Rangers last time out.

In the four games that proceeded their meeting with the R's, Mick McCarthy's side picked up just one point from four in the Championship, scoring only once.

Charlie Patino, on loan from Arsenal, has been their stand-out start of the 2022/23 campaign while Jerry Yates has directly contributed to 14 goals so far.

However, no team in the Championship has had a fewer share of possession this season than Blackpool (40.9%) and McCarthy's men have kept just eight clean sheets compared to Coventry's 17.

Opposition view:

Looking ahead to the weekend, Blackpool boss McCarthy said: "We stand here and we're all smiles because we won on Tuesday and everyone is feeling good about themselves, I want to be feeling good about myself on Sunday morning.

"Tuesday's gone, that's done and as much as we all enjoyed it, we've got to get on with Coventry now.

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"I'd like to stop Viktor Gyökeres but I don't think that solves the problem because they've got some good players. Their results and stats back that up.

"He is one of the best. I've no doubt there'll be Premier League sides looking at him and looking at some of the best players in the Championship, and he's one of them."

Thoughts from the Sky Blues camp:

Mark Robins has said:"There will be nearly 4,000 of our supporters. It’s ridiculous! All those guest houses and hotels will be full, so that will help the economy of Blackpool!

"This is a game our fans look forward to and it’s always a good game. It’s always tough, especially with Mick McCarthy in charge.

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"They got a fantastic result in the week and we are looking forward to it. We’ve got a few days off after to see some family and recharge the batteries. We’re focussed then on the games after that, from Stoke onwards, and then we’re into the final stages of the season.

"It’s an interesting time with a lot of important games to come, seven of which are in April. This is the exciting part of the season.


Sky Blues wins - 11
Draws - 6
Blackpool wins - 18

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Sky Blues last six:

Rotherham United 0-2 Sky Blues
Sky Blues 2-1 Sunderland
Preston North End 0-0 Sky Blues
Huddersfield Town 0-4 Sky Blues
Sky Blues 1-1 Hull City
Wigan Athletic 1-1 Sky Blues

Blackpool last six:

Blackpool 1-0 Stoke City
Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Blackpool
Reading 3-1 Blackpool
Blackpool 0-0 Burnley
Bristol City 2-0 Blackpool
Blackpool 6-1 QPR


Geoff Eltringham will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

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Eltringham last took charge of a City fixture during the 2021/22 season when he oversaw three of our fixtures - against Millwall, Swansea City, and Peterborough United.

So far this term, he has handed out 74 yellow cards and 4 red cards in 21 games.

George Byrne and Adam Crysell will be his assistants with Thomas Parsons as his fourth official.

Ticket Information:

Our final ticket allocation for our away game against Blackpool has now sold-out!

Our full allocation was 3,777 tickets in the East Stand at Bloomfield Road - we will not receive any further tickets.

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