Blackpool v MK Dons preview

Bloomfield Road

Blackpool look to turn around their poor run of form as they host fellow strugglers MK Dons at Bloomfield Road. 

The Seasiders come into the game having earned only four points from their opening seven fixtures, with a win and a draw. 

Meanwhile the visitors, have also endured a rocky start to the season picking up just one more point than the hosts, with a win and two draws under the belt. 

Neil Critchley’s side look to bounce back, following their narrow 1-0 defeat against Charlton midweek.  

The Tangerines were arguably unfortunate to not get more from the game, as a Chuks Aneke goal gave the visitors all three points in an evenly contested fixture. 

MK Dons also come off a defeat within the week, losing 3-2 away at Oxford United despite dominating the game with 73% possession, something the hosts may have to look out for. 

Blackpool find themselves the underdogs coming into the game. As Russell Martin’s side are superior on goal difference, both scoring more and conceding less than their hosts. 

The Seasiders will hope for a different outcome to the last time the Dons visited Bloomfield Road, where they fell to a 3-0 defeat last year, that included a goal from now Dons manager Martin.

Neil Critchley will be without the suspended James Husband as he picked up a red card in the first minute on Tuesday.  

Meanwhile, central midfielders Keshi Anderson and Matty Virtue are still ruled out with injuries. 

On a positive note for the home side, Sullay Kaikai has been confirmed fit for selection on Saturday and Ben Woodburn has recovered from the cramp he suffered against Charlton. 

Ones to watch 

Blackpool – Gary Madine 

Despite the forward initially finding himself out of Critchley’s plans at the beginning of the season. The target man has enjoyed a good run of individual performances in his last three outings for the Seasiders, scoring one goal. His size and strength make him a dangerous asset for the home side, as he likes to battle with defenders aerially and hold the ball up for Blackpool’s pacey wingers to run on to. 

MK Dons – Cameron Jerome 

The experienced striker will look to add to his goal tally, after scoring two goals in as many games. The 34-year-old is a well-known goal scorer in the top two divisions of English football and is also a football league cup winner from his time at Birmingham.