Match Preview: Blackpool vs Leicester City

When two sides fresh from successive league defeats meet the result is often not expansive football. But that’s likely to be the case here.

Both teams need a win. Paul Ince will want to gain some early credibility with Blackpool fans greeting their third permanent boss of the season into the home dugout.

Nigel Pearson will not fancy becoming the first Leicester boss to lose three league games in a row since Paulo Sousa.

Interestingly, when earlier in the season Leicester had lost two league games and a cup match in the space of a week, the team they faced next were Blackpool.

And so (again) Nigel Pearson gets the opportunity to kick start a campaign against the Tangerines.

There are some good signs. Blackpool’s recent home form for a start has been pretty average. They might have won five home games, but three of them came in the opening weeks of the season. Since then the Seasiders have won just two of their last 13 at home; only Wolves have won fewer games in front of their own fans since October.

But there’s no doubt the home side will cause Leicester problems. Blackpool have attempted more shots on goal than any other Championship side, and they remain the last team to score three against the Foxes in a league match. That of course was in last season’s 3-3 draw.

Leicester, who boast the Championship’s best shooting accuracy, will need to eliminate the errors that have cost them at crucial moments. Unlike Charlton, Blackpool will offer the hosts more space to create chances – and hopefully – put the chase for an automatic promotion spot back on.

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