2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 19 – Tuesday

Blackpool welcome West Bromwich Albion to Bloomfield Road in a stand-out tie from latest round of 2021-22 Sky Bet Championship action.

Victory would see Blackpool can temporarily go seventh with a win until Wednesday evening, whereas West Brom would remain third in the table with victory.

 

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Richard Keogh is still absent for Blackpool after suffering a setback in his recovery from a calf injury.

Matty Virtue (knee), CJ Hamilton (foot), Chris Maxwell (muscle), Kevin Stewart (hamstring), Grant Ward (Achilles) and Luke Garbutt (ligament) are still sidelined.

West Brom will be without Jake Livermore after his red card in Saturday’s loss at Huddersfield.

Kean Bryan (knee), Rayhaan Tulloch (groin) and Dara O’Shea (ankle) remain ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Blackpool have won just one of their last six league meetings against West Brom (W1, L5).
  • West Brom have won two of their last five competitive first team visits to Blackpool including (W2, L3)
  • Both of Gary Madine’s two goals for Blackpool this season have been scored after half-time.
  • West Brom are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive away defeat for the first time since losing four straight away league matches between January-March 2018.
  • This is the first match involving Blackpool to refereed by Jarred Gillett.

 

Prediction

Despite seeing their winning run hit a run in their last three matches, Blackpool are still playing well which is a huge positive, especially after coming from behind to snatch 1-1 draws in their last two games so their main focus here needs to be getting on the front foot with the opening goal.

West Brom meanwhile look to have lost the ability to apply their quality across home and away matches in recent weeks, especially with a three-match winless away run which has seen them fall adrift of the automatic promotion fight.

Valerien Ismael though will be pleased with how his team played once they managed to impose themselves on Huddersfield on Saturday, yet were wasteful with 18 shots off-target whilst a slow start proved costly so mental focus could be key because this result could boil down to the first goal.

It however is difficult to predict who will indeed get that opening goal because Blackpool have struggled to get off on the front foot lately until they fell behind, whereas West Brom just aren’t delivering on their travels.

I therefore wouldn’t be surprised if we see a goalless draw here but a score draw wouldn’t be a shock either but I can’t see either team winning this game.

Prediction: Blackpool 1-1 WBA

Result: Blackpool 0-0 WBA

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