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Preview: Blackburn Rovers vs. Blackpool

Sports Mole takes a closer look at both sides ahead of Saturday's Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

Blackburn Rovers will look to boost their playoff chances when they play host to the Championship's bottom club Blackpool at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Inconsistent form has stalled Blackburn's progress throughout the season, and Gary Bowyer's side head into the game trailing sixth-placed Watford by 10 points, despite only sitting in ninth spot.

A last-minute strike from Rudy Gestede claimed a point at Cardiff City on Tuesday evening, and the battling away performance should have the squad in good spirits ahead of the visit of the Seasiders.

However, Bowyer has already revealed that he is planning to make changes for the meeting with Blackpool as they look to keep the squad fresh ahead of an FA Cup quarter-final tie with Liverpool next month.

Jordan Rhodes was an unused substitute against Cardiff, but he is set to be recalled either as a partner for Gestede or Joshua King, or as part of slightly different attack.

Jay Spearing could also return in midfield after replacing Corry Evans early in the second half on Tuesday evening.

Despite currently sitting 10 points adrift of safety, Lee Clark should have no problem motivating his players following last Saturday's dramatic 4-4 draw with Nottingham Forest.

David Ferguson's strike in the 97th minute earned a point for Blackpool, who looked certain to be heading for another defeat after conceding two minutes earlier.

However, the task remains a difficult one for Clark's side, and the pressure will be on them to start picking up points on the road as they look to keep alive their hopes of staying in the Championship.

Blackpool will be forced into at least one change as Tom Aldred will miss the game following his red card against Forest.


Form in Championship: DLWLWD
Form in all competitions: LWLWWD

Possible starting lineup: Steele, Henley, Kilgallon, Hanley, Olsson, Taylor, Cairney, Spearing, Conway, Rhodes, Gestede


Recent form: LLWLLD

Possible starting lineup: Lewis, McMahon, Maher, O'Dea, Dunne, O'Hara, Perkins, Cameron, Orlandi, Telford, Madine

Sports Mole says: 3-0

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Jason Lowe of Blackburn Rovers in action with Matt Connolly of Cardiff City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City at Ewood Park on August 08, 2014
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