Manchester United v Blackpool – Tangerine Theatre of D...

Manchester United v Blackpool – Tangerine Theatre of Dreams
The final game of the season and the champions host Blackpool in what could be their last Premier League game. The outcome of this game alone will not necessarily control Blackpool’s destiny unless the Tangerines achieve the impossible and win at Old Trafford. Given that Sir Alex Ferguson may well rest several of his players in advance of their Champions League final against Barcelona then their line up is a matter of guess-work. However, after the possible line ups have been introduced, this article will focus on some of the theoretical battles that may emerge...

Blackpool v Bolton Preview

Blackpool v Bolton Preview
Bolton come to Bloomfield Road in a poor run of form having lost their last three games, whilst Blackpool will have taken great heart from a strong showing against Spurs last week. Line ups Ian Holloway has a fully fit squad to choose from, but may well opt for giving Jason Puncheon a start over Sergei Kornilenko upfront. Last week against Spurs, Puncheon looked better on the ball and understand his running patterns much better than Kornilenko and certainly seemed to link up well with DJ Campbell. For Bolton, Owen Coyle is likely to use the same eleven that lost at home to...

Preview – v Spurs @ White Hart Lane

Preview – v Spurs @ White Hart Lane
Kick off: 17:30 GMT  Coverage: ESPN in the UK & Fox Sports Channel in the US Coming in to this match, neither side is in sparkling form, but that might make for an exciting match. Covered live on ESPN and kicking off at 17:30 GMT both managers have key selection and tactical decisions that could make this a high scoring occasion. Here’s a few of those decisions analysed and dissected. Setting up Harry’s selection headache Ian Holloway has a fully fit squad to choose from and on the face of it he may stick with the same eleven as last time out against...

Spurs – Match Preview

Spurs – Match Preview
Harry Redknapp divides opinion across the country, but one thing is for sure, he guided his Spurs team in to the Champions League and along with that managed to progress in to the second phase. Yet again another quality side visits Bloomfield Road, however, Ian Holloway will be hoping that his own side will deliver another quality performance to try and upset another side that are ‘bigger and better’. Tactics Redknapp has gone on record to say that tactics don’t matter and it’s about the players (apologies for the link as it does go to the gutter...

Stoke City Preview

Stoke City Preview
As Ian Holloway squares up to his good friend Tony Pulis, he’ll be hoping to give him a good run for his money like Blackpool did on their visit to the Britannia last year in the Carling Cup. Stoke come in to the match on the back of a draw at Wigan last week, while the Blackpool players will be refreshed after having last Saturday off due to the cold weather. Looking back to look forward This preview actually starts its life as a review of Blackpool’s last match as there was something about that Bolton performance that resonated with the public perception of...

Bolton Preview

Bolton Preview
Blackpool head to the Reebok  stadium for the first time, looking to match a Bolton side who are impressing people across the land with their performances over the past few weeks. Most are acknowledging that they aren’t the side of Allardyce or Megson any more and Owen Coyle has them passing the ball around in a more attractive, and on recent results, effective fashion. Ian Holloway has a couple of choices to make from a selection point of view, namely who will play as the central striker and who will play at the head of the midfield triangle in the 4-2-1-3 or the...