ENGLAND, League One
Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Bloomfield Road (Blackpool)
Blackpool’s unbeaten run of 9 games will be on the line as the hope to stretch their superb form to 10 is in sight when the take on Peterborough in this League One match up at Bloomfield Road. The hosts boosted their playoff hopes with a 2-0 triumph over Oxford United last time out, while their visitors could only manage a point from a 3-3 draw with Rochdale.
Failures to convert draws into wins have ultimately proved to be Blackpool’s downfall in their playoff bid since the start of the month, but the resilience that they have shown in recent matches should serve them well heading into the final weeks of the 2020-21 season.
Peterborough’s star striker Jonson Clarke-Harris managed to end his goal drought at the perfect time for the promotion chasers, who seemed destined to succumb to a 3-2 defeat to Rochdale before the 26-year-old equalised from the penalty spot in the dying embers of the match – his 22nd league goal of the campaign and first of the month.
Now level with Sunderland’s Charlie Wyke at the top of the goalscoring charts, Clarke-Harris’s strikes have propelled the Posh into the top two of the standings and only three points separate them from leaders Hull City – who have played two more matches – so a stint in the Championship is looking increasingly likely for the 2021-22 campaign.
Peterborough have only managed to prevail in one of their five fixtures this month after storming to six consecutive wins in February, so while their form has dipped in recent times, they will remain favourites to secure a top-two finish if Clarke-Harris and mates begin firing on all cylinders once again soon.
Arsenal loanee Ballard has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming fixtures, so the centre-back will not be available for the next few matches. Daniel Gretarsson is expected to return after missing out at the weekend due to the birth of his child. James Husband is nursing a knock and will be out of the tie also.
Midfielder Matty Virtue, Keshi Anderson, CJ Hamilton, Gary Madine, Kevin Stewart and Marvin Ekpiteta are all likely to miss this game for the hosts. The visitors have little to worry about in terms of injury., as only Jack Taylor remains out.
- Blackpool’s form in last 5 matches: DDWDD.
- Peterborough’s form in last 5 matches: WLLDW.